Have you ever wondered how you can add interest to a furniture piece without painting it? You can decoupage furniture for an incredibly budget-friendly makeover! Using Mod Podge and fabric, it is simple to give your wood pieces a beautiful and affordable DIY makeover.
When I transformed an unused room in our house into my home office and craft room I spent a lot of time searching for a desk chair. Unfortunately, I wound up falling in love with a very expensive upholstered chair with stunning fabric that was WAY out of my budget at $445 (which was closer to my budget for my entire room).
I so so wanted it for my desk chair. Unfortunately, at $445 it just wasn't an option. So, I had to get creative to achieve the look I wanted with a much smaller price tag. I found the fabric and a chair and created my own version! I am in love with the final result (and how it easy it was) and I am sharing the full tutorial with you!
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How to Decoupage Furniture Tutorial
Materials Needed to Decoupage Furniture
- Fabric. (The amount you need depends on the size of your chair and how you want to position the pattern. I used around 1 yard.)
- Chair. (I used a basic $45 wood chair I found on Amazon that is no longer available, but If I had more time, I would have shopped consignment stores to look for one for even less!)
- Matte Mod Podge (or another decoupage glue)
- Gold Spray paint. (Optional! I spray painted the silver metal legs with gold spray paint.)
- Exacto knife
- Foam paint brush
You can also watch the video below (it will play after a short ad) for a really good overview of the project and then read below for the full instructions!
Time needed: 3 hours
Learn how to decoupage wood furniture by following the steps below. The time to complete excludes drying time.
- Disassemble your furniture.
If you are working with a piece of furniture you already have, it will be much easier if you disassemble your piece first. Since I started with a new wood chair, I was able to skip this step. But I did spray paint the legs of the chair since I wanted them to be gold.
- Trace the shape of your furniture pieces onto your fabric.
Lay your fabric on a flat surface. Place the seat of your chair on top of the fabric and trace the perimeter of the wood. Be sure to trace about 1 inch beyond the wood surface, so that your fabric piece winds up being a bit larger than the seat itself. Using the lines you have traced as your guide, cut your fabric out.
- Coat the wood with Mod Podge / decoupage.
Coat the seat of your piece of furniture with Mod Podge (or the decoupage medium of your choice). Lay your fabric on top and smooth out any wrinkles and bubbles. (I put my fabric directly over the hardware holes for the chair back and once it was all screwed together it was not an issue.) Once your fabric is in place, coat the top of the fabric with Mod Podge as well. Allow it to dry overnight.
- Trim away excess fabric.
By the next morning, your fabric should feel nice and stiff, particularly around the edges of the wood. If it does, you are ready to trim off your excess fabric with a sharp craft or utility knife. Use the edge of your chair as the guide and cut off your fabric as close to the edge of the wood as possible.
You may wind up with some stray threads of fabric. Trim them off as necessary and then coat the entire perimeter of your seat with your decoupage glue. This should flatten any stray threads that cannot be trimmed AND prevent further fraying.
- Repeat steps 2 through 5 for the remaining pieces.
Follow the exact same steps for any other wood pieces of your furniture that you want to decoupage with fabric.
- Reassemble/assemble your furniture piece and enjoy!
The last step is to put your piece of furniture together and admire your work!
That's it! For around $60, I have a totally custom chair at a FRACTION of the cost of my inspiration chair. I love, love, love it. It could not be more simple and you don't have to prime or sand to do this decoupage furniture project.
Now that I have used the chair for a good, long while, I occasionally have to trim stray threads and have applied additional Mod Podge on one of the corners where the fabric started to loosen a bit. As I mentioned, the spray-painted legs have been touched up, but that's my fault for rushing the spray painting and only applying one coat. The bottom line is that with that little bit of maintenance, my decoupage chair is holding up wonderfully and we sit in it a lot!
This is one of my favorite makeovers. This beautiful chair may be the simplest of my furniture projects and it certainly is one of my most budget-friendly, but it still is high impact!
After a few years, I replaced my desk chair and moved this chair into Attley's big girl room. I coordinated the chair with her custom decoupaged wall quote and it was perfect!
Decoupage really is an unsung hero in the world of DIY projects. You can use it on so many different surfaces and the brilliant decoupage ideas out there are limitless! So grab your furniture and your decoupage paper or fabric or wallpaper and your Mod Podge and get to work!
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