When you think decoupage, it might bring to mind magazine cutouts and crafty schoolgirl collages, but it’s actually a very simple technique that can yield sophisticated (and very grown-up) results.
Project #1 – Malachite Table
To revamp this table I decided to dust off my rusty decoupaging skills, and I have to say, it’s even easier than I remembered. Keep reading for my step-by-step guide to this major malachite makeover.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 1 yard of fabric
- Mod Podge
- A 1.5-inch soft paintbrush
- Clear water-based polyurethane
- X-Acto knife
Begin by cutting a square of fabric a few inches larger than the tabletop. Coat the surface of your table with a thick layer of Mod Podge, and neatly lay the fabric on top, smoothing out any air bubbles.
Glue the Edge
While the glue is still wet, work slowly and neatly around the sides of the table, making sure the fabric adheres all the way to the surface edge, leaving the excess fabric loose. When the Mod Podge is completely dry, use an X-Acto knife to neatly trim the extra fabric following the edge of the tabletop.
To seal the surface, add three coats of water-based polyurethane on top of the fabric. Be sure to let each layer dry completely between coats. That’s all there is to it! Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish in an afternoon with a little fabric and some glue?
Resources: Malachite print fabric from Spoonflower
Project #2 – Marble Fabric Chairs
I set out to find just the right mix of materials to give this old-school technique a sophisticated and modern update. I settled on fabric as my medium of choice and found myself drawn to a bit of yardage that had a marble pattern digitally printed on it.
I loved the trompe l’oeil effect and knew the texture would help camouflage any imperfections in the surface of the item I would cover. Next up was finding the right piece of furniture. When I spotted this three-seater bench made up of Eames-style, cast-plastic seats I knew I had found the one. The idea of cladding such a minimal, utilitarian shape in marble fabric felt totally unexpected.
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1-3 yards of fabric
– Mod Podge glue
– A 1.5-inch soft paintbrush
– Clear water-based polyurethane
– Latex outdoor paint for plastic surfaces (I used Krylon in blue)
– X-Acto knife
Begin by cutting a square of fabric a few inches larger than the surface you’re planning to cover. Next, coat the surface with a thin layer of Mod Podge using your brush;,then, while the glue is still wet, neatly lay and press the fabric into place. If you’re covering a surface with curved edges like mine, don’t worry about wrapping it around the sides yet. Just focus on smoothing out any air bubbles and getting the fabric in place before the glue starts to set.
Tip: To accommodate curved surfaces, you may need to cut a slit in the fabric to get it to lie flat. Just look for where the fabric seems to naturally fold to accommodate the curve, and cut there. To hide the slits, neatly overlap the edges and glue the fabric into place, smoothing it to hide the seam.
Finish the Edges
Once your surface is covered, start tackling the edges. Working slowly and neatly, glue the fabric around the sides, leaving the excess fabric hanging over the edge. When the Mod Podge is completely dry, usually after 30 minutes to an hour, use your X-Acto knife to neatly trim away the extra fabric.
To finish, apply three coats of water-based polyurethane to the fabric surface using your paintbrush. Wait until the surface is dry to the touch before adding your next coat. For an added pop of color, I chose to paint the back of the chairs a bright blue, but if the backs won’t be seen you can skip this step.
Although I used a bench, these same steps would work equally well with a single chair. Just keep in mind that pieces with flat surface areas work best for this type of project!
Resources: I used Stonehenge quilting fabric. That brand makes lots of really cool stone prints, so be sure to look at all the options.