Hi SI family, thanks for joining me today! I hope you’re doing well and staying safe and healthy. Today I’m sharing this $15 nightstand set that has been given a facelift with some French Floral decoupage 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! I’m also sharing a quick tip on how to blend your decoupage paper onto ANY color makeover.
I started with these Thrift Store night tables that I picked up 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!
What do you think of this French Country ‘after’… aren’t they sweet!?!
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NIGHTSTAND [SET] MAKEOVER::
I started by giving this piece a good cleaning 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 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 last week’s 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.
HOW TO APPLY DECOUPAGE PAPER::
If you have any issues viewing the video below – you can watch it here on my Youtube Channel
Redesign with Prima has come out with 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.
Trim paper to size and brush the clear coat onto the painted drawer where you want the decor paper to adhere. You can also brush the poly right onto the back of the tissue too… it works just as well.
Place the decoupage paper down on the wet poly moving it into place.
Smooth out all the bubbled and wrinkles.
Brushed on a layer of clear coat over top the decor paper and let dry.
Once the clear coat/poly dries, it fuses the paper onto the furniture. All the overhang is easily removed with a sanding pad. I gently rub the sandpaper along the edges and it cuts it perfectly.
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.
You’d never know it was white, right!?!
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.
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!
I’ll be back this Thursday with my talented Furniture Fixer Upper crew. I’m going to be giving this curb-shopped radio cabinet a makeover. See you then. 🙂
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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