How to Decoupage a Kitchen Table

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In decorating, many people choose décor that will either contrast or compliment central items in each room. In the kitchen, for example, the table is likely going to be a big focal point, so it is natural to want this main area to be different yet still functional for daily use. The kitchen table can be a work of art unto itself through the art of decoupage, and once you have finished this project, you can pull aspects from your table to create an ambiance that is easily reproducible throughout other areas in your home to draw the rooms together or set them apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Table
  • 800-grit coarse sandpaper
  • 1200-grit fine sandpaper
  • Pictures
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Small bowl
  • Soft paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Craft stick (looks like a Popsicle stick)
  • Rag
  • Lacquer
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Sand your tabletop with the 800-grit then 1200-grit sandpapers. If your table already has a polyurethane or lacquer seal on the top, you will need to remove or roughen this up. Sand first with the coarse grit then with the fine grit to achieve a smooth feel to the tabletop.

  • Cut out your pictures and do a dry layout on the tabletop so you can figure out how you want the table to look. With your scissors, you can cut the pictures to fit like puzzle pieces or you can change the sizes for variety. Make sure the pictures that will outline the edges of the tabletop are cut to fit and do not overlap.

  • Dilute a bit of white glue with some water in a small bowl. You want to make the glue a thinner consistency so it will spread more easily and more evenly.

  • Apply a layer of the diluted glue to the front of each picture with a soft paintbrush, and allow the pictures to dry. The idea is to seal in the ink so that it does not bleed through when you seal the project.

  • Apply a layer of the thinned glue to the back of the pictures in the same manner as the front, but only when the front has dried completely.

  • Flip your pictures back over when dry and place them in the locations where you want to attach them to the tabletop. You can then add slightly more glue to the diluted glue to thicken it just a bit. Apply this thicker glue to the backs of the pictures and press them into place.

  • Use the long end of the craft stick to smooth out each of the pictures and ensure there are no air bubbles. Make sure you start at the center and work your way out to each of the corners and edges. Use the rag to wipe off extra glue that seeps out.

  • Allow the pictures to dry completely. Shake the can of lacquer to ensure the contents are mixed thoroughly.

  • Apply the lacquer to the tabletop using a wide, soft paintbrush. Apply it over all the pictures and then add some to the edges to ensure that it will not chip over time. Allow the lacquer to dry, then add two more coats, allowing each to dry before adding another. When all coats are dry, wipe the lacquer to ensure there is no dust, and spray with an even coat of clear acrylic.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also add in pieces of tissue paper or lace for contrasting textures mixed in with your pictures.
  • Try making decorative decoupage plates with the same theme that you choose for your kitchen tabletop.
  • Make sure you provide adequate ventilation since you will be working with chemicals that produce harmful fumes.

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