TODAY I’M SHARING AN EASY WAY TO ADD GORGEOUS PATTERNS AND DESIGNS TO YOUR PROJECTS. I’M ALSO INCLUDING A QUICK TIP ON HOW TO BLEND YOUR DECOUPAGE PAPER TO *ANY COLOR* BACKGROUND | YOUTUBE VIDEO INCLUDED
This post was originally published on March 24/2020 and updated on September 5/2023
Hi creative #sifamily. Thanks for joining me today! Today I’m sharing these $15 nightstands that have been given a facelift with some French Floral decoupage decor paper. Redesign with Prima has come out with gorgeous decoupage decor tissue papers that seal and adhere with poly topcoats. What an easy way to add patterns, graphics, and character to your painted furniture or decoupage projects!
I’m also sharing ~
- What is a decoupage paper?
- What materials can I use to decoupage projects?
- How do I sand decoupage papers?
- Can I layer decoupage papers?
- How do I prevent wrinkles when decoupaging?
- What are the best products to seal and protect my decoupage?
As a quick tip, I’m also sharing how to blend your decoupage paper onto ANY color makeover you may want or need it to be. This is a game-changer, my friends!
Here are the two thrift store nightstands I started with. I found them at my local thrift store selling for $15 apiece.
They were dated but really nice solid-sturdy pieces.
Once I started cleaning and sanding, I reached out on Facebook because I wasn’t sure what to do with the doors. ON or OFF? A BIG thank you to all of you who chimed in! Over 95 comments later “OFF” won the vote. I have to admit, the pine slats on the back do add some charm!
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
NIGHTSTAND [SET] MAKEOVER
I started by giving this piece a good cleaning with White Lightening and then removed the shiny topcoat using an orbital sander and 120 grit. Once everything was sanded, I added this WoodUBend Rope trim.
I added this trim because I love having the decoupage decor paper look like it’s inset into the drawer. It really makes all the difference and adds such a nice detail. It’s like a framed work of art!
A little off-topic but if you’ve never tried WoodUbend, it’s an amazing product. It’s 90 ‘something’ percent wood and acts just like wood ie sands, stains, paints, and drills but it BENDS once heated. Here I am using it for the very first time getting a little too excited. hehe
I followed up using BIN Shellac Primer to kill the bleedthrough. In my experience (and I’ve used and tested a TON of stain-blocking primers!!!) BIN Shellac Primer is the ONLY primer that I see an ACTUAL VISUAL once all the bleedthrough is covered. Then I can paint and topcoat and be 100% confident no bleedthrough or stain is going to creep through my finish. If you missed this video on how to apply BIN to prime these nightstands, you can check it out on my YouTube channel here.
After I primed and sanded, I painted the body of this dresser in this soft gray using my spray gun. Every time I spray a piece of furniture I always get asked what sprayer I use. I’ve been using this Husky Spray Gun since Home Depot sent it to me back in 2013. It still works amazingly.
I left the paint to dry overnight and the next day I decoupaged.
WHAT IS DECOUPAGE PAPER?
Decoupaging is the art form of decorating or embellishing a project with decorative paper. Decoupage decor paper is specifically designed to be lightweight and easy to work with and comes in unlimited styles and designs. If you don’t want to use or buy decoupage decor paper, you can also decoupage with napkins, tissue paper, rice paper, scrapbook paper, magazine clippings, wallpaper, or fabric!
HOW TO APPLY DECOUPAGE PAPER IN 5 EASY STEPS
Redesign with Prima has these Decoupage Decor Tissue Papers in over 20 gorgeous designs.
“Zoey” came in this plastic tube with two 19″ by 30″ sheets. It was enough to cover both drawers and the four feet although the back feet I had to patchwork together. It’s called tissue paper but it’s much heavier and more textured. It feels more like a dryer sheet or those no-sew-hem tapes. It’s textured more like fabric than paper.
It’s easy to apply and can be adhered by using ModPodge, Wallpaper Glue, Watered down Elmers or PVA glue. You can also use a poly topcoat. For these night tables, I used Dixie Belles Clear Coat in Satin.
STEP 1 – YOUR DESIGN
Once your furniture is cleaned, primed, and painted, take a good look at the surface you are going to decorate. Then trim the decoupage paper to size. You can use the design as is or cut out the pieces you like and arrange them on your surface to create your own original design.
STEP 2 – APPLYING THE MEDIUM
Using a paintbrush or foam brush, apply a thin layer of your decoupage medium of choice. Work in smaller sections and only apply the glue where you want to glue down your design. Mod Podge or clear glue can be used but I used this clear topcoat. I placed the decoupage paper down on the wet poly and then moved it into place.
STEP 3 – LAY/LAYER YOUR DESIGN
Once you have the adhesive down, lay your design down where you want it. Here you can choose to lay down one sheet or cut out design OR layer your design – then smooth out all the bubbles or make any micro-adjustments. Once it’s perfectly in place, apply another thin layer of your decoupage medium down to seal it and glue it in place.
STEP 4 – TOPCOAT AND PROTECT
To seal and protect your work, the Mod Podge or glue (and in my case the clear topcoat) is sufficient protection. But if you’re working with a high-traffic piece of furniture and would like extra protection, a clear varnish, water-based poly, wax or resin can be added as a topcoat.
STEP 5 – SANDING
Once the clear coat/poly dries, it fuses the paper onto the furniture. All the overhanging decor paper is easily removed with a sanding pad. I gently rub the sandpaper along the edges and it cuts it perfectly. You can also sand to achieve different effects. For instance, if you want a distressed decoupage to look, you could leave some ‘wrinkles’ in your paper and then sand them lightly creating some distressing. Sanding can also be used to sand down the paper’s edges so it creates a softer transition on your project rather than a harsh line.
BONUS BLENDING TIP
PRO TIP ~ To blend the decoupage paper seamlessly onto ANY color of painted furniture- apply a paint wash in a matching color. As you can see “Zoey” has a white background. I used a Gravel Road mixed with water to create a paint wash. I applied the wash to the paper and the painted nightstands (making sure to dab and remove any extra water with a paper towel and then let dry) to create a cohesive blended look. This is a game changer because I can pic any design and change the background to match!
BONUS WRINKLE TIP
If you’re decoupage papers aren’t laying perfectly flat when you are applying the adhesive, here a a few tips to prevent wrinkles from happening.
- Make sure your surface is smooth and prepped
- Use real decoupage papers that are formulated for decoupaging rather than tissue paper or napkins
- Apply the adhesive in even light layers. Too thick will cause wrinkling
- Work in smaller manageable sections
- Smooth out wrinkles or bubbles with a soft brush, your fingers, or a brayer
- Lift and reapply if needed
- Work quickly before your medium dries or semi-dries
For the finishing touches on these nightstands, I stained the top with this Black Magic gel stain added black and copper Gilding Wax to highlight the trim, and then protected the piece by spraying 2 coats of this Satin Clear Coat.
Here’s how it all came together!
I absolutely LOVE the new look and the decoupage paper adds SO much character to this set!
Here’s a close-up of the decoupaged feet. See how clean the sandpaper trimmed the paper?
And I love how the paint wash matched the background of this paper to the paint. You’d never know it was white, right!?!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this makeover!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on YouTube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my YouTube channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 40.5K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE DECOUPAGED NIGHTSTANDS… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!