I had an old Ikea Lack coffee table that had seen better days. It was scratched up and sad looking, but otherwise still structurally sound. So rather than throwing it out I decided to give it some DIY love and I decoupaged it with some decorative paper a couple of months ago. I had actually never previously decoupaged anything, but I decided to give it a shot and took some tips from this Mr. Kate Blog. I need to take better daylight photos of this, but for now it will do…
How To Do This Yourself:
1. Select your paper - I went to a speciality paper store and found something a little thicker/ more durable than just wrapping paper
2. Sand the table - I just did this by hand, it needs to be scuffed up enough for the glue to adhere properly
3. Mix up your Modge Podge with some water - you want it to be runny enough to easily paint with.
4. Place the paper on the table and paint over top of it with the Modge Podge - you want to be as even as possible so you don’t leave any streaks.
5. Put as many coats as it takes to make paper securely adhered when the Modge Podge is dry. You probably need 3 coats or so.
6. Once Modge Podge is completely dry spray with 3-5 coats of a spray varnish
Notes: my paper piece was not actually big enough for the table - I would have preferred to wrap the table top like a present, but I had to just exacto knife the excess off the edges. This was good enough for a month or 2 but with use the edges started to chip/ lift so I actually just trimmed the edges with black tape and I think it turned out ok. I did an extra layer of Modge Podge and spray varnish after the tape