HERE’S HOW TO USE DECOUPAGE ART ON YOUR WOOD FURNITURE MAKEOVERS | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi creative friends and welcome or welcome back! Today I’m sharing how I used decoupage art on these two wood nightstands. Decoupage art can be sourced from napkins, wallpaper, rice paper, tissue paper, or even newspapers and magazines! It’s inexpensive and can make a dramatic difference on a plain piece of wood furniture as you’ll see in today’s makeover. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
It’s also Furniture Fixer Uppers Thursday. I’m joining my FFU crew and sharing links to their projects down below. And guess what? We have a NEW member on our Furniture Fixer Upper Crew! She’s a super talented furniture artist and I can’t wait to see what she’s sharing today. You’ll have to wait until the end of this post before I reveal who it is. 😉
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Here’s the salvaged nightstand set I started with. I believe this set was thrifted from the 70’s by my parents. If my memory serves me right, my Dad stained and refinished this set when I was in grade school.
The front door hinge was broken and there was contact paper covering the inside. I’m guessing it was my Mum who added the contact paper.
There were also some scratches on the top but overall these nightstands were still in awesome condition.
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Wood Nightstand Set – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
BIN Shellac Based Primer
Bondo All-Purpose Putty
Deep Sea Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint
White Cap Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint
Mosiac Tile Decoupage Paper (similar)
2″ Round Paint Brush
Clear Coat Satin
Here’s how it all came together with the paint and decoupage tissue paper…
CLEAN & PREP
I started by removing the contact paper using a heat gun. It always warms my heart when I see lined drawers because it means someone took the time to take care of their pieces. In this case, it was my Mum. 💕
It doesn’t matter how many years the paper has been stuck on. Heat will remove it easily!
I gave these night tables a good cleaning with White Lightning. making sure to rinse my sponge and wipe with clean water to remove any residue before sanding and priming.
FILL AND SAND
PRIME + PAINT
At this stage, I wasn’t clear on what color I wanted to paint them. So I went ahead and primed the outside of these nightstands with two coats of BIN Shellac Primer. But then I decided to use this Deep Sea Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint so priming wasn’t a step that was needed. Ugghhh. A waste of product really. Especially now that BIN Shellac Primer is selling for over $100 a gallon as I mentioned in another post.
This will teach me to pick my paint before priming…lol. I went forward and painted two coats of this gorgeous Deep Sea Blue.
Then painted the inside in White Cap All-In-One Mineral Paint. No primer is required because the primer and topcoat are already included in this paint.
Now for the fun part! I found this Colorful Tiles Decoupage Rice Paper in my inventory. I’m not sure this exact paper is still in stock or available from Dixie Belle but they have plenty of other gorgeous designs to pick from! I also found a similar tile design on Amazon here.
Because I can’t order more of this (and I didn’t think I had enough to cover the full inside of both nightstands) I cut the square tiles into pieces.
Pro Tip – Decoupage papers can be cut, torn, layered, wrinkled, smoothed, painted, waxed, etc… pretty much anything to get the look you’re after!
To apply this decoupage art, I brushed a Satin Clear Coat onto the surface. Then I laid the decoupage tissue over the wet topcoat positioning the tiles exactly where I wanted them. I pressed the paper down onto the drawer making sure there were no creases and wrinkles, and then brushed the topcoat right over the decoupage tiles to seal them in place. The Satin Clear Coat acts as the adhesive and the topcoat.
To fit smaller ’tiles’ around the edges, I cut one-inch pieces and adhered them the same way as above.
I was going to tile all four sides, but decided that would be a little much so I opted to paint the remaining two sides blue to match the outside. I added two new brass knobs and this set was finished!
FINISHED DECOUPAGED SET
Here’s the finished look. What do you think?
I’m really happy I opted to paint the two side panels on the inside because I think it might have been a bit ‘busy’ if I hadn’t.
I’m loving the new pulls on this set as well. It gives this set a more updated fun look.
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And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative FFU ladies do! As I mentioned, we also have a new member – Natalie from A Ray of Sunlight 🙌 woohoo! Below are the BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well!
4. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at these decoupaged nightstands before and after. I hope it has inspired you and has given you some DIY ideas for your upcoming projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DECOUPAGE ART ON THESE WOOD NIGHTSTANDS OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy painting my friends!
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