How to Seal Paper & Card Stock on a Wooden Table


Decorating a plain wooden table with paper and card stock is a great way to bring new life to an old piece of furniture. Use basic scrapbooking and collage techniques to create a custom design on the table's surface. Seal the design in place and protect it from moisture and wear with a coat of polymer resin (also sometimes called epoxy resin), which provides a finish as thick as six layers of varnish.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden table
  • Paper decorations
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Polymer resin kit
  • Drop cloth
  • Brush a thick layer of Mod Podge over the surface of the table using a foam brush. Carefully place paper decorations on the table top. Make sure any air bubbles or wrinkles are worked out of the paper before the Mod Podge dries.

  • Mix polymer resin according to package directions. Be sure to mix a large enough amount to cover the entire table. Consult the package directions to see how much resin you should use.

  • Place the table over a drop cloth. Pour the resin over the table starting at the center. The resin will spread to the edges and automatically level, and any excess will drip over the edges.

  • Allow the resin to set for about five minutes. Air bubbles will form on the surface of the resin. Pop these bubbles by blowing on them gently.

  • Let the resin covered tabletop sit undisturbed until the resin completely cures, which takes about 36 to 48 hours.

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