Decoupage of furniture is again at the peak of popularity. Ready-made designs showcase the incredible charm that reanimated furnishings bring. Using inexpensive materials, you can also add uniqueness to a typical facade of a countertop, cabinet, chest of drawers or other furniture surface. All you need is imagination and a few free hours.
What is decoupage and how to do it
Decoupage is a decoration method by gluing cut paper or textile images onto a processed backing. The finished work is fixed with varnish. The origins of this type of applied art go back to the Middle Ages, and the technique gained high recognition at the courts of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The real popularity among the wider population of such applications received in England in the Victorian era. Throughout the history of existence, decoupage has become a pleasant hobby of representatives of royal families and artists..
Today, thanks to a wide range of materials, there are a great many methods of making such decor. We will consider a classic version that is suitable for decorating furniture items..
Before starting work, you need to select the image that you want to apply to the surface of the furniture. Suitable napkins, drawings on paper, or various prints on wallpaper and fabric. You can buy ready-made pictures, but there is a more rational way – print the most successful options on a printer. This approach is good because you are provided with a really wide selection of beautiful prints on the Internet, as well as the ability to duplicate an ornament. It is most convenient to use printouts made on a laser printer. This ink will not spread from glue or varnish.
Arm yourself with adhesives (special decoupage glue or regular PVA), as well as acrylic varnish, brushes and a regular sponge.
The next step is to prepare the surface of the furniture. If it is varnished or painted, then sand it with fine to medium sandpaper. Depending on the condition of the substrate, a putty or furniture wax may be required to repair cracks, chips or deep abrasions. After preparing a smooth finish, cover it with a clear acrylic lacquer. If the furniture is dark, then it is better to repaint it in lighter colors..
Apply glue and place the cutouts where necessary. When the glue is completely dry over the entire area, cover the entire composition with clear acrylic varnish again. If a napkin was chosen as the material, then use only its top layer. Again, so that it does not lose contrast, it is better to make the surface of the base light.
To get the most vivid picture, tint it with multi-colored paints. If you want to give the product an artificial scuff for the effect of antiquity, then you should cover it with wax, paint it and sand it with sandpaper. By varying the grit size of the sanding paper, abrasions of varying depth can be obtained..
There can be many reasons for transforming outdated or brand new chairs. Perhaps you need to adapt them to a single design, or correct some design aspects of the piece of furniture itself. It may also be that you want to refurbish chairs from your grandmother’s collection or purchased second-hand items. In any case, it is possible, and sometimes even necessary, to give the product a new sound and meaning. In which direction to move:
– A safe bet is to add a floral print. Such decorative elements will be appropriate both as a flower stand and in a romantic interior of the room;
– For eating outdoors or relaxing with a cup of tea on a warm day, make decoupage drawings of fruits and vegetables – it will come out very cute and natural;
– For chairs in a classic, colonial style with upholstery, add matching decoration to the textiles. It is best to use a Victorian style picture;
– In addition to napkins, use newspapers and magazines. Bright hand-made collage will complement the pop art style.
If the four-legged object is near another piece of wood, try transforming that as well. This way you will create a small composition..
Decorated chairs will surely look just great in the garden or indoors, decorated in country style, shabby chic, pop art and even in a traditional setting..
Decoupage chest of drawers
Small dressers are an indispensable item for storing various little things. In addition to their direct functional purpose, they can become a beautiful decor for any part of the house, fitting into a variety of thematic concepts..
For a modern interior, an ordinary rectangular chest of drawers will come in handy, complemented by black and white images of succulents or newspaper clippings, stamps that will give a light touch of antiquity.
Plant motifs on a white background will help to freshen the decor of the hall and hallway. Pick up pictures with a herbarium, plants in pots with names, or draw branches yourself, and on them, using decoupage, “plant” the birds.
In the girl’s children’s room, you can make a decoration with cute flowers, ladybirds, butterflies in pastel colors of pink, blue, green, yellow. By the way, a cheerful print with dancing chanterelles on a restrained canvas can decorate not only a nursery, but also any other room..
If the school is left behind, and you have geographic maps in your hands, do not rush to throw them away! Cover the chest of drawers with light paint, and paste over the drawers themselves with cards. The same can be done with musical notation..
A little boring table that has served you faithfully for several years or even decades should not be thrown away. Better give him a new life by decorating in the style of shabby chic or Provence.
First, paint the furniture with light paint, and then apply the corresponding color images. Alternatively, make a small set of a chair and a table in a Provence-themed garden: depict a bunch of lavender sprigs surrounded by a lilac cage. A white table with cheerful sunflowers will look great in the yard..
Shabby chic is performed in whitewashed colors, with the use of scenes of cute roses, birds, angels. It is better to blur the contours of the drawings, and for an interesting texture, use craquelure varnish.
Decorate the coffee table with notes, flowers, letters in calligraphic handwriting. If you strive for laconism, decorate with one or two colors. For example, take a geometric wallpaper pattern and place it under glass, or paint a subtle dark gray pattern on a white background..
In the nursery, you can put a small table and a chair in a pleasant blue color with pictures of bears, balloons and beach houses. By the way, very interesting patterns come from used tulle and lace napkins. Such a composition will decorate a country-themed kitchen..
The bed is the main element of the bedroom, it is she who sets the rhythm and general vector for the whole room. Therefore, when making out a bed, it is worth remembering that the appearance of the rest of the details will directly depend on the style you choose..
The best solution would be to decorate the head of the bed – it is this that catches the eye first when entering the bedroom. It can be decorated with various designs or lettering. Flowers or animals are perfect for cribs. A great idea is to decorate the headboard with pieces of fabric. It’s great if they are matched to the main colors of your interior..
The back can be decorated in whole or in part. In general, the images can be anything, the main thing is that they rhyme with the general concept of the home. If the finished look of the headboard differs sharply from the image of the entire bed, just decorate the legs.
Please note that often the beds are covered with a polish. In this case, sand the surface before starting work..
Decoupage cabinet, sideboard
Thanks to simple and unpretentious ideas, you can transform your wardrobe, sideboard or cabinets for the kitchen, bathroom beyond recognition in just a few steps. Use leftover wallpaper – stick it on the sides or doors and enjoy a fresh and vibrant look. There is another way to decorate with wallpaper. Its difference lies only in the fact that it is necessary to paste over the plane inside the product. Such decor will expand the internal space and will delight with its appearance every time you open the doors..
If you have a penchant for painting, then be sure to apply these skills – complement the applications with painting with acrylic paints. Even the dimmest and most inconspicuous wardrobe can become a highlight of the interior..
To create a Provence style decor, you only need a few cards or pretty napkins. Apply the final touches with acrylic paints and the unique furniture is ready.
By the way, ornaments don’t have to be small. Dimensional items are just great for decorating with large images. Black and white decoration on the walls along with wallpaper on the cabinet in the same color scheme is a great composition!
Decoupage furniture – beautiful photo ideas
In the selection of photos presented below, you can see even more interesting ideas for decoupage furniture with your own hands. The gallery includes decorated items for the garden, hallway, kitchen, bedroom, living room and nursery. Happy viewing!