Learn how to decoupage a table top in this unique upcycled furniture project! You can do it yourself with Mod Podge. So easy!
I love a good upcycled furniture project! I’m please to share the results of my “fabric table” makeover with you today. Call me the DIY queen! I’m kidding, but I am pleased with the results.
This decoupage table is colorful like I am (kind way of saying goofball), and I absolutely love the owl fabric I Mod Podged to the top.
I’d like to walk you through this Mod Podge table re-do because, if you are afraid of doing this to a piece on your own, you won’t be afraid after this upcycled furniture tutorial.
There are several steps, but if you have patience and give yourself the time to complete the project, you are going to have fun and love the results. As usual, let’s jump in.
Mod Podge Table
This little display shows you most of the goodies that I used to decoupage a table. Here’s the full list of supplies:
- Wood table – mine is from the thrift store, sanded and spray painted white as a basecoat
- Mod Podge Fabric and Mod Podge Gloss (you could also use Matte or Hard Coat as a finish for extra durability)
- FolkArt Paint – Asphaltum, Citrus Green, Jamaican Sea, Kelly Green, Lavender, Ocean Cruise, Pure Black, Titanium White (get the colors that coordinate with your fabric)
- Fabric, 1/2″ yard or enough to cover your tabletop. I used Alexander Henry Spotted Owl in Light Blue
- Paintbrushes, at least one large and one small, and a liner brush
- Stencil or painter’s tape (optional)
- Brayer (optional)
- Cute mushroom apron (optional)
You first need to prepare your fabric. Do this by washing and drying it, then ironing it flat. Lay it out on a surface like wax paper and then spread a medium layer of Mod Podge across the top.
Coat the entire top, covering an area of fabric with Mod Podge slightly larger than your tabletop. Allow to dry.
Measure your tabletop and then cut the fabric to fit. You’ll see that the fabric can be cut without fraying since you Mod Podged it. Cool, huh? Set the fabric aside.
Coat the tabletop with the color of your choice. Keep this in mind – you will likely see the color of the tabletop through the fabric, which is why I chose this light blue. It was the same color as my fabric background, and I thought it would bring out the blue in my fabric nicely.
If you have a dark fabric with a light pattern, just stick with white as your background. I painted my entire tabletop and then let it dry.
While my tabletop was drying, I painted the legs with Lavender. I sort of have ADHD. Completely coat the legs and allow to dry.
You’ll notice in this picture that when I painted the tabletop, I made a mess over the sides. It really shouldn’t be a surprise; I’m not the neatest painter in the world. We’re going to clean this up. And by “we” I mean “me.”
This is a great way to clean up an edge. Simply line with stencil or painter’s tape and then paint with your color (in my case Titanium White). Peel the tape away immediately and you’ll have a nice, clean edge. Allow to dry.
Turn the table over and paint the base (right underneath the top) with the color of your choice. I used Ocean Cruise. Completely cover and then allow to dry.
I’m going to be honest, this part was a blast. I made black stripes around the edge of the tabletop. As you’ll notice, there is no method to my madness, and I didn’t tape.
If you don’t feel like you want to risk going freehand, simply use your stencil or painter’s tape to section off stripes and paint that way. Peel the tape away immediately and then allow to dry.
Look at my decoupage table with the checks around the top. I’m so happy!
I know it’s taken awhile, but we’ve finally gotten to the best part – bust out the Podge, my friends! I thought I was going to use Matte, but at the last minute I switched to Gloss.
Grab your fabric from the first part of this project and lay it down on the tabletop. I did one side of the top and then the other.
If you want to do what I did, Mod Podge onto the tabletop and start spreading. This will ensure that you have a medium layer of glue.
I then laid the fabric down over the Mod Podge, making sure I was getting my placement correct, and then I flipped up the other side of the fabric and repeated.
You might feel like you are putting too much Mod Podge under the fabric, but you are better off to put too much than not enough.
Smooth the fabric down thoroughly with your hands. Remove as many of the bubbles as you can. Work from the center out towards the edges.
I had some Podge squeeze out the edges. Just wipe it away with your brush.
This is where the brayer comes in handy. You don’t have to, but I highly recommend it. Keep rolling the brayer over the fabric and smoothing it until you are satisfied. Wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the sides. Allow this fabric to dry.
Tip: If you find that your fabric goes over the edges a little bit, I would use an X-Acto knife to trim. Be very careful!
Coat the entire tabletop with Mod Podge. Don’t do the rest of the table yet.
On the base of the table I added some flower decorations (pulled from the pattern on the fabric) using a smaller brush and my Citrus Green/Kelly Green. You might have to coat the flowers a few times depending on the colors you select.
Go around the entire table base with your flower patterns. Don’t be too hard on yourself about how these look – they are supposed to be loose and whimsical.
Dot the centers of your flowers with the opposite color on the end of your paint brush. Allow to dry.
I used my liner brush to add some stems to the flowers with Asphaltum. Allow to dry.
Decoupage the entire fabric table with a medium coat of Mod Podge – allow to dry and then repeat. Your upcycled furniture project is nearly complete!
Your choice of final finish can be Gloss or Matte with a clear acrylic sealer, or you can use Hard Coat for a more durable, satin finish.
I’m very happy with my attempt at upcycled furniture, and the bright and cheery color palette makes me happy. Are you ready to decoupage a table top of your own? Let me know in the comments!