Decoupaging With Fabric
So, here is the tale of my $50 estate sale dining table. I got this thing forever ago, knew I would have to do something with the top as it was completely destroyed. The back story for it can be checked out here. It looked a little like this when I first got it.
As you can see, it was gross. I had plans to sand it all down smooth, and paint it. Things being what they were (didn't want to us the electric sander in my home/NOT hauling it BACK down 3 flights of stairs as it was solid walnut)...I decided painting it was not going to happen...so, I started thinking of alternative options. I toyed with the idea of decoupaging some fabric to the top and sealing it. I couldn't find anything I thought would work, and so it sat. And sat, and sat. A couple of weeks ago, my Mom (thanks Momma) sent me a little package. She said she had found some fabric that made her think of me, so she bought it and sent it. I opened it up and knew immediately what I would do with it. It was very light weight, basically sheer really. Which was something I hadn't previously, viewed as an option...but, when I laid it over the table...I was sold. DONE. Here's the process I followed.
First I smeared glue (Elmer's, fabric, ModPodge, etc.) on the table. Paying special attention to the edges, as I didn't want any floppy ones. I then smoothed the fabric over the table a bit at a time trying to make sure there were no wrinkles or creases (I still ended up with a few, but it definitely helped to pull and smooth.) After it was all trimmed up to fit the table, I liberally applied a little more glue underneath the edge of the table, and folded and pressed the excess fabric under for a seamless appearance. I then applied 4 coats of polyurethane, as well as a spray sealant. That was it. Happy, happy me! It was a really easy, nice, and unique alternative to paint. So what do you think. would you try this?