When I moved into my apartment last calendar year, I desired to do some thing particular with my decor. My apartment is a person 50 percent of a household which is above a hundred years previous and incorporates minimal gems like a fire in every space and lovely antique wallpaper. Normal household furniture wasn’t likely to minimize it.
So very first, I went purchasing. I uncovered a first rate table for $3 at the Salvation Army. The top rated was uneven with a number of distinctive colors of wood grain and, as if that wasn’t sufficient, yellow and blue paint splatters. I made the decision to sand and stain it.
Two months and a large amount of squandered time afterwards, I made the decision to test some thing else. The coloration failed to change out correct and the surface even now wasn’t as clean as I desired. That’s when I made the decision to test my hand at decoupaging.
Phase A person: Go Procuring
Immediately after selecting your piece of household furniture, get an plan for your layout. You can use anything at all from family members images or album handles to adorable character cutouts for a kid’s space. I chose classic magazine clippings for mine. You can get an previous magazine at an antique store for a dollar or so. Attempt to use magazines published on shiny paper. It will keep up substantially superior than the flimsy newsprint employed for older magazines.
There are a number of issues you’ll need to have for this undertaking.
one. As we have already coated, you are likely to need to have a table and collage components, very first and foremost.
two. Craft glue. My private favourite is Mod Podge- gloss. I purchased some six years in the past and it even now performs!
3. Spray Adhesive. Any variety will do.
four. A Spray Lacquer like Minwax or Rust-Oleum.
five. A craft knife like Exacto. You can get a person for about 4 or 5 pounds and they are fantastic for precision slicing sensitive paper. I use mine all the time for a number of assignments.
6. A modest paintbrush with a tip no broader than your pinkie finger. You can get a pack at any dollar store.
seven. A piece of glass the exact proportions as your table-top rated. Attempt a community glass store or a hardware store like Residence Depot or Lowes Components.
Immediately after you’ve got received all your components, you are prepared to start out your undertaking.
Phase Two: Cleanse Your Desk.
You are only likely to be covering the top rated of your table so if there are any light places, chips or splintering on the legs, that’ needs to be taken treatment of beforehand. Do all of your sanding/staining and then, as soon as all the things is dried, use a water-primarily based cleaner to remove any dirt. Do not use household furniture polish. It will weaken the bond between the wood and the paper. I uncovered this when portray one more table and the paint kept smearing.
Phase A few: Generate Your Collage.
Start off by slicing out the pieces you want to use with your craft knife. Cut some pieces in the shape of rectangles or circles and minimize smaller pieces a lot more intricately. This will make it much easier to address the whole table. If, having said that, you only want to use a number of illustrations or photos then it doesn’t matter.
As soon as you have all of your pieces minimize, set up them on the table with out gluing. Then paste every piece of paper with each other utilizing a modest dab of glue with out attaching them to the table. The considerably less you use, the superior. You can generally increase a lot more afterwards. Decoupaging is a resourceful course of action and you may possibly modify your head about how you want issues layered. It is really much easier to undo a blunder if you don’t use a large amount of glue. If, having said that, you don’t want to address the whole table top rated and are only utilizing a number of pieces, gluing directly to the table is fantastic.
Phase Four: Attach the Collage.
Wait around at least an hour for all of your glue to dry. I experimented with to hurry this course of action and finished up tearing some of my collage. Immediately after that, just take your table and collage outside. This upcoming action can get messy. Get your spray adhesive and spray a thin coat on to the table. Next you are likely to utilize your collage to the table top rated variety of like wallpapering. I suggest obtaining a person to support you to stay clear of bumps and ripples in the paper. Lay your collage as flat as doable, meeting all the edges of the table. Frivolously clean the collage and go away it to dry for one more hour.
Phase 5: Add the Finishing Touches
Are there any collage pieces that will never lie flat? Protect the edges with modest dab of glue. As soon as you are finished, allow all glue dry for one more hour, then use your spray lacquer to address the whole table top rated. You will want to do this outside as nicely. It is really significant that you don’t use paint-on lacquer for this action, especially if you are utilizing thin paper like I did. Paint-on lacquer is quite weighty and oil-primarily based and will go away recognizing on your collage. I uncovered this the really hard way (pictured below).
As soon as the spray lacquer is dry, you can put your glass piece above the table. Spray lacquer keeps your collage pieces in location but it will not be sufficient to protect your table from spilled drinks or animals. Glass is the greatest way to guarantee that your table is protected. Now you have a a person-of-a-variety piece that you’ll be happy to exhibit your friends!