How to Decoupage a Vintage Table.


Ever since I created my decoupage table it has become a beautiful centre piece in our living room. Believe it or not the original table I purchased for this D.I.Y only cost me £5! It was originally meant to be £10 but I fluttered my eyelashes and pointed out a large scratch along the surface. So always try to barter when purchasing second hand furniture, because you never know- you could bag a complete bargain. An added bonus was that I could use the pennies I had saved to buy some floral craft paper from Paperchase for my chosen design.

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  1. Plan the design for your table. The look I wanted to achieve for the floral table design was broken china, therefore I ripped large sections of the craft paper leaving no straight edges. I chose to create the book page design for a friend who adores The Great Gatsby.
  2. Give the table a thorough clean.
  3. Sand down the surface and brush off the excess. It doesn’t have to be perfect you just need to create a rough texture for the glue to seep into which will allow the paper to stick effectively.

Please note: If you are using thin paper that may become translucent you may want to paint the table first; otherwise the wooden grain will show through. For the book page decoupage I painted the top of the table white first of all which required more sanding to begin with.

  1. Begin gluing your pieces onto the table. For the book pages design I painted a thin layer of glue onto the back of each page, I placed them on the table as flat as possible, I used a sponge or my fingers to smooth it out completely. (Be very gentle or you may tear your paper or smudge the pattern/ words)
  2. After you have your first layer of paper on the table, leave it to dry.
  3. Repeat the gluing and sticking process for another layer and leave to dry again. Repeat until you’re happy with your design.
  4. Paint a thin layer of glue over your paper layers as a base before you varnish. (If the paper bubbles, I have found that once it dries it returns to normal. If need be you can always pierce the bubble with a pin.) Leave to dry and repeat with 2 more layers of PVA glue.
  5. Now paint a thin layer of clear varnish. It is important to use water based (clear) varnish rather than oil based to prevent yellow staining. Continue to paint on thin layers of varnish and leave to dry until you have an even surface.
  6. Accessorise your new coffee table and you’re done!

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There is my tutorial on ‘How to Decoupage a Table’, if you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment.

Although this can be a time consuming process I feel that it brings a lot of character to your home. You could turn one of your favourite childhood stories into a piece of quirky furniture, or perhaps you have been eyeing up some wallpaper for ages and you haven’t had the guts to put it up on the walls, why not create a piece of furniture with it instead? The possibilities are endless.

Thanks for reading.

Chloe x

6 thoughts on “How to Decoupage a Vintage Table.

  1. This is seriously so cool!! I want to try this out! I have the perfect table to do it on too! Great blog, I can’t wait to read more!!



  2. This is an awesome idea! I would have never thought of it! I usually pass up tables because they have scuffs, or because I don’t like their color. Now, I’ll have a fresh perspective 😀

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