Get A Designer Look: Decoupage Furniture With Wallpaper
My friend Wendy’s dining room table is not just for eating on, she and her sons also paint and craft on it. The table is well used and as a result full of scratches, marks and even a great big dirty iron burn. It was time to do a decoupage table top revamp.
Wendy wanted a bright and colourful look for the table with a mid-century modern vibe to fit in with the rest of her decor. The best way to achieve this was to decoupage the table top with some designer wallpaper.
Wallpapering a tabletop is a great alternative to paint. Lots of wallpapers come with a special wipe clean coating. There are loads of fantastic bright and colourful designs to choose from to give you a unique piece of furniture.
Also when you tire of the table top it is so easy to strip the wallpaper off and change the design.
We have used wallpaper to decoupage loads of things around the home even the kitchen bin and the kitchen splashback is wallpapered.
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What you need to decoupage tabletop with wallpaper
- Wallpaper – You will not need more than a 1/4 of a roll of wallpaper. The wallpaper used for this table was Romo Makela Quince and oversized poppy design with a mid-century modern feel.
- Wallpaper paste and bowl for mixing paste.
- Wallpaper paste brush
- Wallpaper smoothing brush
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Metal meter ruler
- Wallpaper scissors
- Crystal Clear Indoor Varnish
How to decoupage table top with wallpaper
- The first thing to do is to make sure that the top of your table is clean, dry and dust free.
- Next is the most tricky part of wallpapering a table top, measuring the wallpaper. Unless you have a particularly skinny table, the table top will be more than one wallpaper roll width wide.
Our table top was in fact 2 wallpaper widths wide. However, because of the way the wallpaper was patterned we cut 3 widths of wallpaper.
- Next, you will need to work out the 2 strips of wallpaper either side of the middle strip. However, you will need to make sure that the pattern of the wallpaper matches up with the center strip. These 2 strips will be thinner in width but you still want them to be wide enough that they overlap the table edge slightly.
- When you are happy with the 3 strips of wallpaper you have for the tabletop. Make up the wallpaper paste to the instructions on the packet. Then using a wallpaper brush paste the back of your wallpaper. Fold over and leave to oneside for a couple of minutes.
- In the mean time also paste the table top and leave for a couple of minutes.
- Next lay your middle strip of wallpaper on the top of the table and carefully move into position so it is in the centre. Using a smoothing brush smooth out the wallpaper and remove any air bubbles.
- Get your second strip of pasted wallpaper and lay it on the table next to middle piece carefully lining up the patterns. Trim off any excess width with wallpaper scissors and wrap the wallpaper round the side edge of the table. Again smooth out air bubbles with a wallpaper brush.
- Repeat with the final strip of wallpaper on the other side.
- Leave the wallpaper a few hours to dry. Then to provide extra protection to your table coat the decoupage table top with 2 coats of crystal clear varnish.
Center your wallpaper roll in the middle of the table top and measure the length. Using a rotary cutter and mat cut the wallpaper.
Wendy’s battered old table looks like new with its fresh decoupage table top. The wallpaper she chose really compliments her mid-century modern decorating style. It still amazes me what a difference a bit of wallpaper can make.
You should check out my other wallpaper tutrials:
Marimekko wallpapered stairs
How to make wallpaper lampshades to match your decor
DIY splashback with wallpaper