How to Decoupage and Seal a Wood Coffee Table

decoupage coffee table
What You'll Need
Wooden table
Utility knife
Magazines or Pictures
Manicure scissors
Glue like mod podge
Old cards or paper memories
Sponge brushes
Old rag
Wood cleaner

Decoupaging furniture can be a lot of fun and can add a lot of personality to your home. If you are looking for a new project you may want to consider a wooden coffee table decoupage. This is a great activity to do to resurface an existing wooden table of yours, or you can even buy a used one too.

Step 1 — Clean the Table

The first thing that you will want to do is make sure that you clean the table off completely. If there is dirt or grime on it, then you will have a hard time getting the decoupage to stick to it and stay. So, using a rag and wood cleaner, you can spray the table and wipe it off, and then allow it to sit until it is completely dry.

Step 2 — Cut Out Pictures

This is the fun step of the process. You can cut out pictures of you or family and friends as well as using picture cut outs from magazines and cards.

You do not have to worry about making sure the edges are straight because they will overlap and be part of the design. Cut out as many pictures as you want, and make sure that you will have enough for the project ahead of time so that you will not have to go back in the middle and cut more.

Step 3 — Arrange

Now you can take the pictures that you cut out and arrange them into the design you want to make on the table. Many times you can just scatter the pictures and other times you will want to form words or pictures like a heart. This design is totally up to you and may take as little as a few minutes or it could take a few days to decide.

Step 4 — Glue

This can be the trickiest part of the whole process. You will need to use a brush to apply glue or Mod Podge to the back of each picture, or you can remember how your layout was and cover the entire table with it and continue to put the pictures on how you wanted them.

Make sure that as you go you smooth out any bubbles that may form as you are working. Then, once everything is on you can apply 2 to 3 more coats of the Mod Podge or glue on top of the pictures to make sure that it is secure.

Step 5 — Seal

Once you have everything on and it is glued in place, you will want to let it sit for about 5 to 6 hours or more depending on how it looks and feels. Once it has dried completely, you can use an acrylic sealant on top and do one coat with a paint brush then let it dry and do another coat.

Now that it is done you can allow it to dry for a few days before putting anything on it.