Ever since we moved into our new apartment, I have had the feeling that random stuff has started piling up just about EVERYWHERE, whenever I’m not looking… My husband loves to collect all kinds of boxes and my son is addicted to sticks, stones, chestnuts and leafs, while my two year old daughter thoroughly enjoys spilling and breaking things… I am sure you can imagine what that looks like and as a result, I have spent the last week decluttering every last corner of our apartment.
While we threw out and gave away bags and bags worth of “we-don’t-need-this-anymore”, some things I just like to secretly hoard for what I call “mommy’s projects”… This weekend for example I used a pile of my son’s German Mickey Mouse magazines and a water-, or shall we say toddler-damaged Ikea table top for a decoupage project. Take a look and find out how to do a similar project !
As you can see, this is a really easy and inexpensive way to completely change the look of any piece of furniture ! All you need is any kind of paper or fabric and the right kind of decoupage glue or Mod Podge for your specific decoupage project (check your local arts and crafts store). Add a pair of sharp scissors and a foam brush or two and you’re ready to go !
Here are some paper cutouts from the Mickey Mouse Magazine covers, which I later placed at random on the finished first layer.
The first thing I did was to cut out pieces of the comic pages and place them on the table top to make sure that I had enough and that they would cover the whole surface. You can also use a single piece of paper or fabric or combine multiple papers for a layered look, like I did with the additional cutouts.
Starting in one of the corners, I applied a small amount of glue to the back of the table top and then smoothed out the glue with the small foam brush. Using the same foam brush, I then applied some glue to the back of the pieces of paper, placed them on the surface and made sure to align the pieces as needed. In the next step, any bubbles, wrinkles or excess glue needed to be very carefully removed with a wet cloth but without tearing the paper.
The whole project worked kind of like a puzzle and once the whole table surface was covered, I let it dry overnight and since at our house the next spill is always right around the corner, I then used a regular paintbrush to apply a thin layer of child-safe lacquer to the entire piece, sealing the design and also giving the piece an extra coat of protection and durability…
And here is our brand new comic table – the kids absolutely love it !
(images: bridgee for littlestarblog)