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...

Resources for this project:

See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

Recreated Designs
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

3 of 31 questions
  • Phebe Phebe on Apr 03, 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!

  • Lisa 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 Karen on Apr 27, 2019

    Did you use a top coat of something?


Join the conversation

4 of 104 comments
  • Barbara 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 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!

  • Julie Julie on May 17, 2020

    Yes definitely. I have some drawers belonging to my late Mum and I keep my ballet wear in it (My Mum was a ballet teacher) so will be looking for some ballet wallpaper.

    • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on May 18, 2020

      That sounds beautiful and such a great idea for keeping all of her things in one place. I'm sure you will be able to find some gorgeous ballet paper!