I didn't have a lot of time for trial and error when getting ready for this room install so I started with a quick internet search and found a cool blog called Mod Podge Rocks. I emailed the gal that owns it, Amy, with all sorts of technical questions related to decoupaging with stickers and she was awesome about replying quickly with answers to all my questions like - do I have to apply the glue below the stickers even though they are already sticky (yes!) and can I decoupage duct tape (no, you cannot). Oh, and I also tweeted Rosie O'Donnell since she always used to chat about her addiction to decoupage on her talk show years ago but she never replied. Thank goodness for Amy!
All of the furniture I decoupaged came from local thrift stores. I completed a large square shelf unit, a play table and a nightstand. The process I followed was the same for all. The shelf was the most time consuming because it was the largest piece and because I created a striped pattern where I had to be sure that every stripe of individually placed small square stickers lined up perfectly, covering the three sides.
Here's what you need:
- Mod Podge (I used the gloss lustre)
- Stickers (the ones I used are by Celebrate Express and Amscan, available at Party City and other retail stores)
- Paint Brush (foam or traditional - I switched between the two)
- Brayer (this is the rolling contraption that helps to get the wrinkles out)
- Clear Glaze (I used triple thick crystal clear glaze by Krylon)
- Acrylic paint (I used Montana Gold acrylic spray paint - I was told that Mod Podge wouldn't work with other types of paint)
- Sandpaper (to prime the piece)
- X-Acto (to trim any overlapping stickers from the surface edges)
Here's what I did:
- Sanded, primed and painted all pieces allowing them to dry 24 hours before starting the decoupage. I used acrylic paint on all of the parts where I planned to decoupage.
- Applied the Mod Podge to the brush and the bottom of each sticker and then applied it to the piece and carefully placed the sticker where I wanted it. For the play table and nightstand I started my design with a sticker in the center and then worked my way out into a circle and then added half and quarter circles around the larger one. All of this was done free form with no sketching and measuring before. Trust me, it is easy!
- After about 20 minutes I used the brayer to roll over and flatten that area and then used a cloth to wipe the excess glue from the piece
- After finishing one side of the piece I used the brayer again to roll over my design and wiped the excess glue
- I then used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge to the top of the design, waited for it to dry and then did it again
- My final step was to add a few coats of the Krylon triple thick clear glaze. After all, these items were going in a kids room and I wanted those stickers to be stuck there forever!
- I then used some super groovy black and white checkered DUCK brand duct tape to trim the base on the play table and on the front of the shelf. I did not use the Mod Podge on the tape.
I love how easy this whole process was. I will say that I did try to decoupage Yo Gabba Gabba party napkins to one of the pieces and that was a disaster because they were so flimsy they kept wrinkling badly and ripping so I stuck with stickers for all! And they worked perfectly! And I think I might be a little addicted to Mod Podge now...
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the formerly almost 40 year old intern