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How To Update Old Furniture with Decoupage

Add a decorative touch to old furniture with this decoupage technique.

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update old furniture with decoupage
  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prepare the Wallpaper

When cutting a piece of the wallpaper covering for drawer fronts, leave a little edge. Make sure the piece doesn't overlap the front edges of the drawer because it will be difficult to close, or the wallpaper covering may become unglued. Using prepasted wallpaper, roll the piece with the paste side out. Put the rolled piece into a water tray. To keep it weighted down, stick a dinner knife through the roll. Leave the wallpaper roll in the water for about 30 seconds. Submerging the wallpaper roll will help ensure the water activates all of the paste.

Step 2: Apply the Wallpaper to the Furniture

Stick the wallpaper piece onto the drawer face. Use a sponge to smooth. Allow wallpaper piece to dry 4 hours.

apply wallpaper to furniture

Step 3: Add the Decoupage Medium

Using a sponge brush, spread decoupage medium all over the drawer front. Allow decoupage process to dry 6 hours.

spread decoupage medium all over drawer front

Step 4: Attach New Hardware

Adding different knobs to this dresser will give it an entirely different look. Golden chooses a teardrop pull, which will continue the flashes of elegance scattered about the room. Repeat steps 1-9 on sides of dresser. The final result is an updated dresser that adds a splash of color to the room.

attach new hardware to dresser front