A simple and effective way to give an upcycling project a little extra
"oomph" is with decoupage — also called Mod Podge.
Gone are the days of marching ducks
decoupaged across kitchen canisters.
Modern decoupage is everything from fun and funky, to elegant and chic.
Considering the countless options of paper, pattern, prints and themes,
the door is wide open to endless ideas and inspiration
in a style that speaks to you.
From gift wrap and serviettes, to newspapers, maps, fabric, etc...
various mediums provide diverse effects.
Mod Podge all drawer fronts or only a couple,
it's easy to create interest with paper placement
or mixing and matching patterns.
You are limited only by your imagination!
for an unexpected punch. . .
let's get down to the how-tos!
What do I use to decoupage?
However, I like when a product has multiple uses and most upcyclers and diy-ers should have either Old World Aqua Sealer or Fusion Tough Coat Sealer already on the shelf. Designed for wear-and-tear so they do the job well using less product which makes it more cost-effective! Win-Win!
What type of paper do I use?
Gift wrap, wallpaper, serviettes, fabric, foil, tissue paper etc...
Paper that is very thick can be difficult to
negotiate bends, curves or edges.
Very thin paper is prone to tearing or wrinkling.
Now What? The Details!
Crease or measure as necessary with a ruler and a pencil if you prefer, and trim to fit. Rough edges can be cleaned up after with a light sanding.
If using thicker paper you may need to remove a layer of backing to give you better adhesion. And when planning to distress, this is also important as you don't want to sand back to reveal white backing.
2. Fix one edge to the surface — you have limited time to get it straight and make corrections before it grabs.
3. Attach the full piece. With thicker paper you can sometimes adjust by sliding.
4. Use a tool like a credit card or piece of cardboard to pull bubbles or wrinkles out, working from the inside out
Any last words???
• For a time-worn vintage look, leave the topcoat off and sand to distress. You can leave as-is or add topcoat sealer once happy with the effect.
• For a clean edge or corner, cut away excess and/or sand lightly once dry.
• If you are after a silky smooth finish, once topcoat has dried, wet-sand lightly with fine-grade sandpaper (400grit), wipe clean and buff.