It’s okay to admit it: sometimes it’s easier and more cost effective to buy furniture from the big-box stores. If you decide to go that route, however, there’s still no need to settle for the ordinary. A simple decoupage project can make any everyday seat into something truly special.
To start, you’ll need your chair, scissors, utility knife, sandpaper, a paintbrush, painters’ tape and a decoupager’s best friend: Modge Podge. You’ll also need to select which sort of paper you’d like to use to transform your furniture. We used a marbled graphic print to add some texture and interest to a plain office chair.
You’ll need to sand the chair with a fine-grit sandpaper before applying any Modge Podge. Store-bought furniture can sometimes have uneven and/or slippery varnishes – which will make decoupaging difficult. Scuff it up and smooth it out for an optimal decoupage surface.
After waiting at least 10-20 minutes for the Modge Podge to set, use a pair of sharp scissors to remove any extra paper hanging over the edge of the chair. It’s often more effective to do this with a series of small cuts, rather than trying to run your scissors along the entire chair’s edge.
Lastly, you’ll want to apply the Modge Podge top coat. Modge Podge is a combination of glue and varnish, so this layer will both secure the paper to the chair and create a glossy finish to your piece. Again, you want to apply the Modge Podge generously and evenly. Allow 24 hours for it to dry.