Crafts

Oh, This Old Thing

I had a pine table floating around for years. It was scratched, dull, one leg was near to falling off and it was … Useless. The kids occasionally sat at it to do some drawing or eat a sandwich, and was always covered in something sticky!

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It needed reviving and fast, I didn’t want to send it to the tip.

I had some wallpaper samples laying around the house that I no longer needed and I figured I would try to cover the table. Some call it decoupage… I call it glorious gift wrapping. 😉

I started by sanding the top down to bare wood….

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I then measured and cut my paper, making sure that I had at least 1cm to fold over the edges so the top has a tidy finish. I cut a pretty bird out of another sheet of wallpaper to stick on as an extra deco. I could have gone crazy here with lots of extras but I decided to keep it simple.

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I put a thin layer of Copydex glue all over the top of the table (PVA would work fine too) and slowly rolled the paper into place. Using a long ruler I pushed out any air bubbles, getting the paper as flat and smooth to the wood as possible.
I then folded the edges over and glued into place underneath. I did need to snip the corners so the pare say flat.
I finished by adding the extra cutout ontop…. The hard bit was letting it all dry thoroughly!!

Once properly dry I sanded the legs down to give it a distressed look, and even ran fine sandpaper along the edges of the table, slightly marking the paper to give it a vintage look.

So…. Here it is! It now proudly sits on my landing and everyone who comes over to visit comment how fab it looks!

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Have you ever upcycled something like this? Do you have any decoupage tips? Comments below!

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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