Learn how to French paper decoupage….with tissue paper! It’s simple and gives a great look!
Every month a few of my blogger friends and I get together and create a makeover around our chosen theme.
This month’s theme is DECOUPAGE.
You can see the previous month’s themes here –> Themed Furniture Tour
I love to Decoupage and have done many projects…
This Butterfly Decoupaged Table , Floral Paper Napkin Decoupage, Scrapbook Paper Decoupage Tray, Fabric Decoupage, and most recently MCM Slatted Chair Makeover
So many ways to decoupage, with napkins, tissue paper, fabric, etc.
For this one, I decided to do a French Paper Decoupage.
I paid FIVE dollars for this little table. Well, $5.25 to be exact.
But hey, close enough!!
It was originally round with two extensions on each side (thank you to my wonderful Facebook friends for the help there!!) I guess someone decided they didn’t like them and removed them before it made its way to me?
Oh well, I think it’s a super cute table anyway.
But missing side pieces did require me to do a bit of work on it though.
I started out by sanding the top lightly so none of the imperfections would show through the thin paper.
Then I screwed and glued the levers in on the sides so they’d be secure and smooth. (these went to the side pieces that were missing)
I used wood filler on the outside to make it seamless. I had originally planned to paint the sides but really wanted those curves on the bottom to stand out.
I felt like they’d get lost if I just painted them all one color.
So I decided to use decoupage there too!! And I’m SO glad I did.
Doesn’t that look great? I love how it makes the trim really stand out.
To begin, I painted the top a light color in a similar shade to the paper.
For the paper, I wanted something really thin and found this paper at Michael’s.
Here’s one that’s similar.
It’s very delicate so a lot of care had to be taken so as not to tear or rip this French paper decoupage when applying.
I used Mod Podge mixed with a very good amount of water. (no measurements…it just needs to be very fluid so it will be easier to work with under the thin paper)
Using a brush, layer a good amount over the entire top so it won’t dry too quickly when laying the paper down.
I used my little squeegee thingy to oh-so-very lightly press it onto the top.
The paper was about an inch too short. Darn.
So I evened it out and added two other pieces on each side to fill in the extra space….. (see below)
…but it actually worked out much better than I thought it would.
The paper is so thin it ended up with “wrinkles” and I LOVE them! They are perfect for the whole look I was going for here.
That’s so much fun when that happens. A project does something unexpected and you end up loving the effect!
I’ve had things go the other way sometimes (not loving it, lol) so when it’s a good unexpected thing, win!!
You can see them really well in the photo below.
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Once it was dry, I used a piece of very fine sandpaper and lightly rubbed along the edge to trim the excess.
It came right off! So easy.
(bet you can’t see where those little extra side pieces of paper are attached… well barely anyway)
It really worked out so well.
For the sides, I had to use an X-acto knife but that worked pretty easily too since I had a good edge to run along.
The paint was the perfect base for underneath this paper. (it’s under all areas that are decoupaged)
For the legs, I had originally planned to use Lamp Black.
I’d never used it but knew it was a true black color. Perfect!
Once the polycrylic and black paint was dry I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax over the entire thing.
Buffed it up …and done!
It didn’t really need that and I probably would not do that again.
What a difference a little French paper decoupage and paint make, right?
It gave this one a completely new look.
You know it’s a winner when your husband walks in at the end of the day and says it’s “the bomb”.
Thanks, sweet hubby! :)
Guess what….there are even more decoupage furniture makeovers for you down below.
Be sure to click on them to see the full posts.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Be sure to check back later this week to see what I did to this!
UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!