Learn how to decoupage a simple wood chair! This decoupage chair was created for a book lover – use any graphics you like with this method.
Hey! It’s David from Cheltenham Road.
Those of you that have followed my blog for a while know that when I started out my focus was on fixing up furniture. My business focus has changed since then but I truly miss working on furniture.
My friend Jennifer’s little girl Violet is awesome and she loves to read (well, technically she loves to be read to, but I’m sure that shortly she’ll take over the reins herself).
So, when I read Amy’s post about using Furniture Mod Podge AND almost immediately stumbled across a little IKEA chair I knew exactly what I wanted to do!
DIY Decoupage Chair
For my DIY chair, I gathered:
- IKEA chair
- White spray paint
- Furniture Mod Podge
- Print outs of my favorite children’s books (laser prints)
- Sponge brush (not pictured)
- Craft knife (not pictured)
I gave the chair a light sanding and cleaning and a couple of coats of spray paint and set it aside to dry.
While the chair dried I got to work on the collage.
For my graphics a Google search provided me with numerous options for high resolution images to use.
(I’m afraid Copyright Law prevents me from sharing the graphics with you as a download but you can do the same process, scan your own favorite book covers or use any kind of pre-printed paper)
To put together the collage I opened MS Word and changed the margins to create a custom-sized sheet of paper that equaled the size of the chair seat.
The seat was a bit bigger than what I could print on a single page so I separated the collage into two sections and printed them out on plain old legal sized paper.
I also downloaded and resized some additional book titles for the back and sides of the chair and then just cut everything into strips that matched the size of the various slats
I attached them using Furniture Formula Mod Podge and set it all aside to dry.
When everything had dried I went back in with my craft knife to trim away any excess paper and then did some very light sanding just along the edges just to make sure there were no little pieces of paper that might get pulled up with use.
I sealed all the paper surfaces with two coats of furniture Mod Podge (sanding very lightly between coats).
And the decoupage chair is ready to go!
I was kind of amazed at how quickly this decoupage chair project came together. Honestly, the majority of time went into finding the graphics and waiting for things to dry (fortunately I had snacks!).
As an added bonus my somewhat ancient and very well
worn loved teddy bear will now finally have his shot at internet fame!
I truly hope Jennifer (and more importantly Violet) will like this decoupage chair!
Although I don’t re-do much furniture anymore, I hope you will consider following me on my Cheltenham Road Blog where I’m always working on some new idea!