DIY Decoupage Coffee Table

by Darren

Have an old coffee table that is in need of some serious attention? Have you been looking for ways to spruce it up for months, but haven’t had the creative spirit to take on the task? Get inspired and get artsy, take the time to turn that old piece of furniture into a bold and vibrant focal piece for any room.

You’ll need:

  • coffee table
  • modge podge or white glue
  • foam brush
  • book pages or photocopies, etc. of what you want to use as your table top – **don’t use printed images from an ink-jet printer because the ink will bleed, use laser copies or book pages.
  • spray paint or paint color of your choice for your table legs
  • spray paint primer
  • sandpaper
  • coffee – optional if you don’t want to age your paper
  • tub or bowl of water
  • polyacrylic protective finish – i used the satin finish from Minwax
  • paint brush – for your polyacrylic
  • exacto or razor blade
  • drop cloth


  1. Prep your table for painting and decoupaging with a light sanding to remove any wax or varnish seal – you want a matte finish to your table when you’re done, you don’t have to sand to the bone.
  2. Spray your table legs with white primer spray paint so that the color shows up really well – you can skip this step if you’re doing a darker color.
  3. After your primer dries, spray or paint your table legs with your color.
  4. Prep some coffee in a tub with water and tear images or pages from a book or photocopies that you want to decoupage. let them soak in the coffee liquid for a minute or two until soft and stained but not too long so they fall apart.
  5. Using your foam brush, paint a layer of modge podge on the back of your piece of paper and lay it down on the tabletop. you can also paint directly on the table and place your image down.
  6. Then paint another layer of glue over your piece of paper on the tabletop **make sure to smooth out any air bubbles under the paper – i used my fingers – prepare to get a little messy.** use ample amounts of glue, it will dry clear so don’t worry if it looks messy as you go.
  7. Continue step 6 until your entire tabletop is covered. don’t worry about the edges, let the paper hang over, you will trim later – just make sure they’re not stuck down anywhere you don’t want decoupage.
  8. Once the decoupaged tabletop is fully dry, use your razor blade or utility knife to carefully trim the edges.
  9. Paint 1 to 2 coats of polyacrylic protective finish over your tabletop to seal in the design and make it totally durable for everyday use!


Source: http://www.mrkate.com

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