To make a decoupage of an old table with your own hands – means to give it a new life in your home. Try to cope with this task on your own and, for sure, you will be pleasantly surprised by result. Now a little bit about the decoupage’s technique.
Decoupage is a decorating technique of individual or group items into the same style. The essence of this method is to join selected and cutout pattern to the fabric’s surface. Then all the items are lacquered and dried.
Nowadays, decorating technique with your own hands is becoming more and more popular and attractive; many people transformed decoupage into their hobby. They decorate everything: cases, crockery, bags, Christmas toys, interior pieces and furniture. Next styles are used in decoupage: shabby-chic, Provence, ethnic and Victorian style.
Such décor looks the most appropriate in small chambers, such as children’s room, kitchen, bedroom, boudoir and bath. In other rooms, decoupage can be represented by a black-and-white graphics, press cuttings or photos. Pictures reminding old vintage postcards are considered now to be a very fashionable tabletop décor.
Preparing of an old table for decoupage
Pictures for table’s decoupage can be glued not only on the wood, but also plastic and glass. If you work with plastic tabletop, first, it is necessary to degrease the surface. Alcohol or alcohol-containing liquid suit best of all for these purposes. Remember that solvent can spoil the plastic. Then, if the surface is slippery, it is necessary to scrape it with sandpaper. After that, apply a layer of gypsum ground on the scraped surface, dry and polish it. Finally, on the prepared surface we can make a decoupage. If the surface is prepared badly, then it will look really sloppy.
What does any decoupage work start with? It begins with cleaning the surface of fat, mud and old paint. The surface is wiped with alcohol duster. Then, pictures are selected and they create a general composition. Any pictures will suit: flowers, fruits, cards’ motives, birds and so on. There could be different variants of cards: prepared for decoupage (napkins, pictures, maps) and cutout from magazines or printed.
If one uses fabricated pictures for decoupage, it is not necessary to prepare them for work, it is possible to cut out them at once and use without water. If napkin is thick, then it is necessary to divide it into layers. Magazine pictures are to be water-soaked previously as well as, decoupage maps. We make a printout on photographic or simple office paper.
First of all we cover received printout with a layer of varnish from the front side; one can take any hair spray. Then it is dried and covered with polish once or twice or glued for decoupage, dried again and the process should be repeated 4-5 times. Then we place it in the warm water for 4-5 minutes, take it out and remove excess moisture with a towel. After that, the entire top paper layer is taken away in one motion or rolled like “nubbins” from the center to edges.
After all our efforts a very thin picture remains, it is work with it necessary to work with it very carefully not to tear it. Then we are cleaning cautiously back side of the picture from nubbins, or we can put it under running water.
Masterclass on decoupage of an old table
In our masterclass we will make you acquainted with table decoupage on your own. Then we restore a table in shabby-chic style.
For our work we need:
- White acrylic paint.
- Paint for decoupage (the cheapest, water-based).
- Sponge and brush.
- Pictures for decoupage.
- PVA glue.
- Putty (to close the holes and cracks up).
That was how table underside looked like, which we have decided to update by ourselves and to make a decoupage. Then we fasten table with screws, putty all the holes, big and small cracks.
Here is putty we use:
In our masterclass we are going to reach an “aging” effect. Then we scrape the surface with sandpaper; apply dark color paint on corners and protrusions, in our case lilac color. Just wait until the paint is dried and pass all the bulges, rubbing with a candle all the protrusive parts.
Then we take a sponge or a brush and cover the whole table with white acrylic paint. The whole table should be also painted, using lilac paint. Let the table to get dried for 24 hours. When the acrylic paint is dried well, we go over with sandpaper to all the places that had been rubbed with candle. Our lilac paint will appear for sure. Then we take a picture and napkin for decoupage. The flowers should be cut out and glued to the table’s surface. After we use PVA glue diluted with water for this purpose. Then we glue the whole composition on. The picture is smoothed with a sponge, starting from the center to the edges. After the picture is dried, it is better to go over the whole surface with sandpaper.
Then we are going to “age” our tabletop by means of coffee. We take instant coffee; it is putted in the bowl, diluted with warm water and mixed up well.
Then the whole surface of table is processed, that’s to say, toned with cotton pad. After the surface is shaded with dry cotton pad. If somewhere tinting is uneven, go over it one more time. Do not forget about legs and sides. They also should be toned but a little less.
By applying colorless paint we are finishing our almost prepared product. It is necessary to apply paint in several layers and each previous one must be surely dried before following layer. Then your tabletop will serve you more than a year.
Pictures for decoupage
Not all of us have an opportunity to buy special pictures or decoupage maps for decoration. But many people can afford to make a photocopy of picture. Xerox should be made on photographic or simple office paper.