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!


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….


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.


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!


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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