HOW TO DECOUPAGE FURNITURE | CURB-SHOPPED NIGHTSTANDS BEFORE AND AFTER | YOUTUBE TUTORIAL
Hi sweet friends! Today I’m sharing How To Decoupage Your Furniture while working on these curb-shopped nightstands. But before we start, I wanted to thank you for all the interaction on last week’s Doll Head Planters! They had a mixed bag of reactions but you all made it super fun!
And speaking of fun, today is also Trash To Treasure Tuesday where I join four of my blogging besties as well. I’ll link to their creative makeovers below.
Here’s the curb-shopped nightstand set I started with. My sister was kind enough to pick them up for me. Thanks, Andrea! 💕
Before I get into the how-to details here are a few sneak peeks of the NEW look! What do you think?
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I like being adventurous with curb finds as they cost me nothing so I went with a color out of my comfort zone. APRICOT with a colorful floral!
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Nightstand Set – SALVAGED
Apricot Chalk Mineral Paint
Floral Rice Decoupage Paper
Satin Clear Coat
Copper Cup Handles (similar)
HOW TO DECOUPAGE FURNITURE
I’ve included the full tutorial on this nightstand set but if you’re here for the decoupage instruction only, feel free to skip to step #6. A full Youtube video tutorial is also included and timestamped at the Decoupage Chapter.
#1 PREP | CLEAN
This set was filthy. Before bringing them into my studio, I cleaned the inside and the out with this TSP substitute. Then for extra insurance and to remove all the residue I sprayed it down with a hose.
#2 REMOVE HARDWARE & DATED DESIGN
To remove the hardware I used a screwdriver. To remove the dated design on the top drawers I used the screwdriver and a pry bar from my pry bar set. It was nailed and glued and took a little force so some repair was needed. I pushed in the nails that were sticking out. Hammering IN the nails is easier than removing them but only works if they don’t protrude from the other side.
#3 FILL AND SAND
Using this wood filler, I repaired the drawer fronts and filled in any imperfections and hardware holes. Using a ‘softer’ wood filler rather than Bondo, for instance, will make it much easier to sand.
I scuff-sanded the entire set with my orbital sander and got into all the corners with my oscillating tool with the sander attachment. I’ll share more about this on Saturday’s video so you can see it in action but an oscillating tool is a must-have in my opinion. After everything was sanded, I primed the side tables with this BOSS Primer. This is an odor blocker and stain-blocking primer which comes in white, gray, and clear. Below I’m using gray because this is what I had on hand.
I picked a color I rarely use – this Apricot which is a pale pink-orange. I picked the color from one of the flowers I wanted to use on the decoupage tissue.
#6 ADDING A DECOUPAGE DESIGN
Now for some fun! Decoupaging furniture can be done with napkins, tissue paper, or this gorgeous rice decoupage paper that I’m using today – which is the EASIEST way to do it since these papers were made for adding to furniture. This rice paper is sheer and porous and easily sticks to furniture using any regular topcoat – no extra Modpoge or gluing products required!
Here are the steps …
- Pick a decoupage design
- Decide where you want to place the decoupage design onto your furniture
- Cut your design to size
- Brush on a layer of clearcoat where you want the design to adhere
- Place the decoupage in position and smooth out any creases or bubbles
- Once in place and smooth, brush on another layer of topcoat
TIP ~ To blend the decoupage paper seamlessly onto ANY color of painted furniture- apply a paint wash in a matching color. I have a great example of how to do this with this Decoupage Nightstand Tutorial here!
TIP ~ Rice Decoupage Paper is a great alternative to transfers if you’re on a budget. They are less than half the price!
TOPCOAT | PROTECTION
I top coated and protected this piece with two coats of this Satin Sealer. I usually spray my topcoats but since I had my brush out any way I went ahead and brushed the nightstands. This clearcoat is easy to use and doesn’t leave streaks or brush marks if applied quickly.
I replaced the old dated hardware with these copper cup handles (similar)- so pretty!
Here’s the finished look!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily has hit 14.4K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
AND NOW FOR MORE TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Trash To Treasure ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links below to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
4. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this decoupaged nightstand set before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects!
Let me know what you think of this curb-shopped decoupaged set and feel free to ask any questions you may have. I LOVE hearing from you… it makes my day! Have a fabulous week and see you next Tuesday! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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