Decoupage!! The word thrills me and frightens me all at the same time. Decoupaging furniture can really transform a piece into something unique and beautiful but it can be tricky and time consuming.
I had been wanting to decoupage a piece for a long time but hadn’t found the right piece / inspiration. That is until i painted a sweet queen anne style chest of drawers in blue and the previous finish bled red stain through my paint YUK!! Normally stain bleed happens pretty soon after painting which is what threw me on this piece, I painted the piece and left it for 24hrs, then I finished it off with a coat of wax and left it till the next day … all was looking good and then the day after when I went to collect the piece from my work shop to take it to my retail space it was covered all over in stain bleed!! I really didn’t want to waste more time on this piece so I grabbed a tin of Annie Sloan emperors silk (red) chalk paint and painted over the whole piece. The only thing was now the piece really wasn’t doing much for me. It was boring and really needed to be jazzed up. So I decided to go to a local fabric shop and managed to find the most gorgeous floral cream fabric with red roses in the exact shade I needed.
So I measured, cut, glued, waited, glued some more, trimmed, stapled, sealed edges and then re-waxed the painted surface and sealed the fabric surface and after
a million many hours of work and a few of frustration I finally had the cutest little red floral decoupaged chest of drawers ever to be seen. I distressed the edges allowing the blue underneath to show through which looked AWESOME.
How pretty is that fabric!!
The handles looked a bit to poxy and bright so I toned them down with some dry brushing and gave them a wax with some pearlized wax 🙂
I admit that getting the knack of decoupage is time consuming but like anything once you get the hang of it, it does become easier … and well worth the effort 🙂
Have you decoupaged anything lately? If not I hope that this post just might inspire you to try.
This piece is currently for sale in our shop stall 🙂