Decoupage paste is an adhesive and sealer used to decorate surfaces with two-dimensional media -- like photos, magazine clippings, tissue paper and drawings. The paste is most effective on porous and semi-porous surfaces where it can soak in and create a strong-bond. Applied properly on a suitable surface, decoupaged decorations are spot cleanable, water-resistant and permanent. You can paint directly on top of decoupaged paper; however, the painted designs will adopt the texture of the underlying material -- if the paper is crinkled, the painted area will be crinkled as well. To remove the texture, you must remove the decoupaged paper.
Things You'll Need
- Safety goggles
- Palm sander
- Sanding block
- Tack cloth
- Spray-on varnish
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Put on gloves and safety goggles.
Sand the decoupaged piece down to bare wood. Sand the entire surface of the piece if you are going to paint the entire item; otherwise, just lightly sand the areas you want to paint. Use a sanding block or sand paper to smooth tight areas and corners where the palm sander cannot reach.
Wipe down the wood with a tack cloth.
Seal the bare wood with a thin coat of spray-on varnish.
Paint designs onto the wood surface.
Apply one to two coats of varnish over the painted designs and the decoupaged paper.