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DIY Decoupage Table

Re-decorating your flat shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. I hate to spend a lot of money on anything and I don’t think it’s too difficult to spruce things up at home without breaking the bank.

So I have a cheap and cheerful DIY plan to update my little flat over the next year(s). My first project was to decoupage my kitchen table top…


  • Coarse sand paper
  • A selection of imagesPVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Tea towel /cloth
  • Scalpel
  • Clear varnish (Matte or Shine)

1. Start by getting your images ready. You can stick with a theme or go completely random. I chose a Japanese print theme.EquipmentTop Tip: If like me you are impatient and you don’t want to spend 6 months collecting enough images to cover your table top. Why not use an out of date calendar? If you don’t have one at home you can usually pick them up cheap this time of year from card shops.

2. Roughly sand your top table with coarse sandpaper. This will help your chosen images to stick to the surface easily.Sanding Kitchen Table

3. Now start to lay out your images into the table until you have completely covered the whole surface.Layout

4. Pour yourself a pot of PVA glue, sit down, and take your time to glue your collage onto the surface, smoothing the images down with a tea towel/cloth to get rid of any bubbles.CollagingCollagingCollaging

5. Once you have finished, let the whole thing dry and then carefully cut away the overhanging edges with a scalpel so you have a nice clean finish.

6. The final step is to apply a couple of coats of furniture varnish for protection.Finished TableI’m really pleased with the outcome and I had most of the things that I needed to this at home, so all in all it only cost me about £10. What a bargain!

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