Use Mod Podge to Transform Your Most Boring Piece of Furniture!

5 Materials
2 Hours

Grab a piece of your favourite paper, a container of Mod Podge and turn the ugliest and most boring piece of furniture into a piece of art.
I forgot to take a picture of the top of this set of drawer so you will just have to trust me when I say it was B-A-D. It had water damage, the veneer was peeling up and even after I took an electric sander too it, it was still rough and uneven. My solution?
My solution?  Grab some matte Mod Podge!  I don't use Mod Podge very often.  I actually find it a bit hard to work with.  For this project though, I thought it might just be thing I needed.

I had picked up this vintage inspired paper a couple of years ago when I was in Pennsylvania ( see what else I found here!)  to take a class with Marion Parsons (AKA Miss Mustard Seed!  eeek! Want to see? Visit this post... ) and had such big plans for it but just never got to it.  And guess what... turns out that was a good thing because it was the perfect size for the set of drawers. 

Before applying any Mod Podge, I made sure the paper fit the way I would like it in order to frame the picture on the top.  I creased the edges once I had it in place to make putting it on later easier.
A thin layer of Mod Podge was applied.  With the piece not being overly big, I decided to apply it on the entire top and work with the paper all at once.  I wanted the paper to have a really aged look so I wasn't concerned about crinkles and tears.   
To finish off the edges, I ran a straight blade along the edge and sliced off the excess paper.  Since I wasn't worry about the paper looking worn, I wasn't very careful and let the paper rip at will ;) 
Even though I don't use Mod Podge very often, I would definitely recommend this method when a piece just can't be fixed. 

Find some gorgeous paper, and let it become your new top.

To see more pictures and some tips on how to get a crinkly, old look to the paper, hop over to the original post on the Recreated Designs blog...
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3 of 31 questions
  • Phebe
    on Apr 3, 2019

    I’ve been putting off redoing a small piece using the mod podge, because I was afraid of doing it wrong and ruining my parents old letters to each other......any suggestions are appreciated. I would like a random, juxtaposing look on top! I’d pre-fit all pieces and take a photo for easy reproducing.....BUT my ? Is: should I individually place each letter using the mod podge or apply it to the entire top all at once???? Thanks for any help!

    • Dfm
      on May 4, 2019

      keep the originals intact, do photo copy them-once the originals are messed up - you can't get them back.

  • Lisa
    on Apr 27, 2019

    I did the same with a little stool I picked up for a dollar and after I was done sprayed it with a coat of polyurethane. See below

  • Karen
    on Apr 27, 2019

    Did you use a top coat of something?

    • Recreated Designs
      on Apr 28, 2019

      Hi Karen, you do not need to use a top coat as there is a layer of Mod Podge over the paper. It dries hard like a top coat and none of the paper is exposed. It protects it wonderfully.

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  • Carol Cole
    on May 14, 2019

    Very Nice , I really like it.

  • Barbara
    on May 18, 2019

    That is gorgeous, really! The only negative I have is it is so beautiful on top that I would never want to set anything on it...i.e., an antique pitcher in basin!! Well done! (Maybe I will opt for an antique ring dish or book or a few small objects.) ;-)

    • Recreated Designs
      on May 23, 2019

      Thanks so much Barbara. The good thing with Mod Podge is that it protects the top so I don't have to worry about it marking or anything. You could use any kind of paper you like too... old books, maps, thin wrapping paper. So many possibilities ;) Have fun!

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