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How To Decoupage A Table


One of my things to do for 2013 is to make our center table more appealing. If you read my post, that is how plain our living room looked like for the longest time and with the white walls and white-covered sofa, I meant to add pops of color here and there.IMG_7229

I really like the colors in Pat Bravo’s Calla Lilly fabric design so I framed it with the 2 framed I bought several months ago. I just painted them white since they are originally black. I plan to add 4 more frames to balance things out.IMG_7294

If you noticed, the alcoves are gone now. Since rust is constantly staining the walls no matter how many times you paint over it, it’s just better to have it covered. There will be six square mirrors to be placed on ether side and that will be my faux windows! Hopefully it would open up the room and add more light to it. I can’t wait to have the mirrors installed. The supplier is taking forever to contact!

And yeah, I moved the sofas. The living area is too large and the sofas are way out of proportion. I may have to get rid of the sofas soon because there’s no way this area would look better with these furniture. If you’re wondering why we have a couple of sofa beds, it’s because when we bought them, we thought we were staying in this house for a few months only, then we’ll transfer to a much smaller house… but it never happened…


Anyway, that table was done by our carpenter. The piece of plyboard was supposedly a cover for the window in our dining area but I had shelves built instead. So not to waste the already painted plyboard, I asked him to weld the tubular bars (1 bar for P130. We used 2) just like this West Elm table. The table top is screwed to the base so it can be changed anytime. I love flexible furniture! 🙂


Ok, sorry, I’m talking too much. I forgot that this is a tutorial on how to decoupage a table but it really is pretty simple. Apply an even layer of Elmer’s glue (or any white glue or Mod Podge if you have more budget) on the surface you want to decoupage. Make sure sure it’s even and cleaned. I didn’t add water to my glue because I want my fabric to adhere immediately. If you’re decoupaging a large piece of furniture (like a dining table), it would be nice to ask a friend’s help when applying the glue. Otherwise, the first area you applied glue on would be dry by the time you finish the entire area. Why not glue it area by area? Well, I just find it easier that way. 🙂 I didn’t have any problem with bubbles maybe because my fabric isn’t too thin. I’m not sure…

Apply about 2 coats of glue on top of the fabric, giving extra attention to the edges. This time, I added water to the glue (50% water, 50% glue) because the fabric will absorb most of the glue and undiluted glue would be so hard to apply.


And once the glue has dried up, it’s time to polyurethane it! When I was researching what polyurethane to use, most of the bloggers recommend water-based one as decoupage sealer. I checked Boysen’s website and they have one (Hudson Timbercoat) but I went to Ace Hardware in SM Annex and unfortunately they have none. I asked the guys there if the oil-based one would work on decoupaged fabric. Apparently, they had no idea what decoupage is and told me the oil-based one would leave my fabric sticky. I was in doubt but I bought it anyway. I had to find out myself…IMG_7319Drying time is way, way longer for oil-based ones. Direction says apply coating after 2-3 hours but I waited longer, like 12 hours, just to make sure it’s completely dry. Ok, not exactly true, I was just being lazy. Anyway, it took about 4 days to finish this with 6 coats of polyurethane. Don’t forget to sand in between coats though (I used 600 grit sandpaper) or your table would be really rough. (By the way, I painted the table base black to make it look like the real thing. haha!)

My yellow fabric turned a little bit darker when polyurethane was applied because I didn’t use clear one. I will try to find better polyurethane because decoupaging furniture is so much fun!

That piece of wood is actually narra from our Laguna Trip which I got for free. I applied polyurethane too and now it makes such a great vase tray. The two glass thingies were  from Uniwide Warehouse which I got for P35/each.


I love how this table looks with our red sofa bed. I wish we had a smaller room where I can place them. I may not get rid of the sofa afterall but if ever someone wants to buy it, I’ll throw in the table for free just because I really think they look great together. Any buyers? 🙂

By the way, you might ask, why bother decoupaging when I’m using plain fabric anyway. I can paint it instead. Well, The table looks plain enough and even though it’s plain yellow, you can see the fabric texture which makes the table quite unique. Besides, I wanted that exact shade of yellow if only it didn’t turn darker. But I love the darker yellow still. 🙂

3 Comments on How To Decoupage A Table

  1. avatar
    September 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi my names laura. I have a brown material corner sofa that is modern and very very comfy.
    Right now i don’t have the money to buy a new sofa so i wanted to be creative and give it a revamp. I have tried pillows different shapes and sizes. I like the idea of decoupage. its vintage and could make it a centre piece of my living room. i just don’t no where to start or what ideas to consider. could you help me please? I can email a photo if needed.

    Thank youu.

    • avatar
      September 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Laura, I’d l ove to help you with your sofa. You can send the image to whatelsemichelle(at)yahoo(dot)com 🙂

  2. avatar
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