How to Prepare Wood for Decoupage

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Decoupage is the art of applying and sealing paper cutouts on almost any surface to decorate almost anything from picture frames to lamps, furniture and dishes.

Things You'll Need

  • Brushes
  • Tack Rags
  • Wood Stain
  • Paint
  • Rags
  • Shellac
  • Turpentine
  • Wood Sealer
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Filler
  • Fill any dents or holes with wood filler.

  • Sand thoroughly.

  • Rub with a tack rag.

  • Use a water-soluble and alcohol-based wood stain to stain the wood.

  • Use shellac to seal the wood.

  • Paint the wood and seal again, if you like, before applying the cutouts.

Tips & Warnings

  • If wood is already painted, sand off the paint and wipe the remaining paint stains with turpentine before you begin Step 1.
  • Choose a paint that's compatible with the sealant you use.
  • Wood painted with anything containing silicone will be difficult to prepare.

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