DIY: How to Refresh a Chair Using Decoupage Basics

January 5, 2017
Posted in Furniture, Ideas

A nice way to shake the blues away is to create some hand-made masterpiece. For instance, refresh a common chair. It’s hard to imagine an interior without this trivial item of furniture: it’s present in kitchens, dining, toddler and work rooms. Compact and mobile, it’s undoubtedly practical and functional, but let’s not forget that it can also be of decorative interest. Today we’d like to show you how to turn a standard chair into an exclusive designer item using popular decoupage technique.



Initial sequence of actions depends on the state of the chair.

If you want to refresh an old thing, it’s better to start from preparing its surface. It must be released from old paint and sandpapered, degreased with an alcohol-containing solution and painted anew if needed. On this stage it’s recommended to use white or any other light color of the paint to emphasize the image you’d like to apply later.

Should you be a lucky owner of a new chair with smooth surface, all you need is to have it degreased.

Before you get down to the next step, it’s advisable to disassemble the back and the legs of the chair – it will definitely facilitate the decoration process.


Now comes the most creative part of the process. Firstly, choose any paper images that would please your eyes and fit into your interior style: newspaper clippings, photographs or your favorite poster, like on the images below. If the size of the image is bigger than the surface you’d like to decorate, try to cut the required fragment out as precisely as possible.


Then apply special decoupage glue (common PVA is also acceptable) with the help of a sponge or a paint brush.


Then gently dip the paper clipping into the water – here the most important thing is not to overdo, otherwise paper will just get too soft and can rapture in your hands.


Very carefully paste the clipping onto the glued surface. Use a paint roller to remove air bubbles.


Let your creation dry out for 24 hours, and then have it coated with acrylic varnish. Apply at least 4 layers with an interval of an hour between them.


As soon as the finishing layer gets dry, you’ll become a proud owner of a hand-made one-of-a-kind designer piece of furniture!

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