How can I make a really nice decoupage countertop for my bathroom?

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Will the interior design police arrest me if my bathroom counter doesn't look like marble or granite? I'm tired of the same look. I'm redoing my bathroom.I'm seriously considering using waterproof ModPodge and fabric, or wallpaper to give the counter a new look. I've done this on TV tables and serving trays. I know for sure it is waterproof just as it claims. The bathroom walls are a solid color. Any reason why the counter can't be a pattern??? Has anyone ever seen this done? I never have, but hey someone has to break the rules and be a trend setter. Your thoughts are welcomed.


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  • This actually sounds pretty cool. Please post pics!!!

  • William William on Feb 06, 2020

    Interesting idea. I don't see why not. Would probably be a first. Post your project when you do it.

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 06, 2020

    Hi Melanie. I would love to see how you did this. I think, since it is so close to water, you would need many coats of sealer.

    • Melanie Melanie on Feb 06, 2020

      I am planning to take photos of each step along the way, and will post as a tutorial. Assuming to turns out OK. Ha ha

  • Sure as long as your aren't renting then you should have fun and do what you want.

    • Melanie Melanie on Feb 06, 2020

      I agree with you. I bought a home because I was so sick of renter's white walls and having my creativity stiffled.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Feb 06, 2020

    Sounds fun! My only concern is how scrubable the modpodge would be - can you keep it clean?

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Feb 06, 2020

    I used ENVIROTEX resin. I think that is how you spell it. Totally ok around food and they use it on bar tops. Would be fine in a bathroom counter. I painted my kitchen countertops with stone spray and made it look granite like. In this case, if you wanted to do your fabric or wall paper thing...you could do that instead. Then pour envirotex resin on top of it. It will drip down the sides and make the sides not so great(happened to us) so frame the sides or put contact paper on the sides so you don't get the plastic drips on the edge. Then you use a blow torch to get all the bubbles out. Follow the envirotex directions on the box. Google tutorials. It's a great product and our countertops have held up for years now. Fun idea! hope this helps. Good Luck!

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    • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Feb 07, 2020

      Oh great!!! Have fun with it. If I were to do it again, I think I would cover the edges of the countertop with contact paper.. and then paint the resin on the edges afterwards with a foam brush to give the edges a more even look. You can let the resin drip down the edges(without contact paper )as long as you have your bottom cabinets covered with plastic but when it drips off the edges, it won't be as even. So the trick with the contact paper is something I learned later. Good Luck! Envirotex is a lot of fun!

  • Melanie Melanie on Feb 06, 2020

    That is an excellent thought. My take on it is that since they make a formula that is dishwasher safe it should hold up OK. That said, you're making me wonder if polyurethane would be a better choice. I've seen it used with fabric for table tops. This is why I posted.

    I love when folks help me think things through!! Thanks🙂

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 06, 2020

    Hi there,

    If you own the property, It is yours to do as you please with internally as long as it pleases you. .........Go ahead and be a trend setter and post your pictures for others to see........Be brave!

    • Melanie Melanie on Feb 06, 2020

      I will go for it. Thanks for the support! Yes I will most definitely post pictures.

  • Beth Beth on Feb 06, 2020

    I think this would look cool, but as someone else suggested, you might want to consider using resin instead of Mod Podge. I love the idea--I'm just not sure how well Mod Podge would hold up in the long run over years of heavy use.

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    • Beth Beth on Feb 06, 2020

      You're welcome! I'd recommend trying out resin on something smaller at first, just to get used to it. It's not hard to work with, though. Maybe try a coaster first or something and then move on to your counter top. Best of luck! I'm sure it'll look great.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 04, 2021

    I think it would be pretty! The resin may be more durable. Good luck!