Asked on Feb 18, 2020

How do I seal pictures on a tabletop?

by Empathy

I've seen pictures or magazine/calendar clippings arranged on top of tables and sealed in with a glossy laminate. What would be the best way to do this?

What kind of surface is best for it and how do I prep it?

What kind of laminate is best and how many coats should I use?

Is there a way to do it to easily change out the pictures/art but still be able to clean the table top normally while using it?

What kind of paper is best to use for the pictures/art (like if I were printing them on a color printer)?

What should I avoid so I don't ruin anything?

I'm not looking for a glass-top idea (I can figure that one out). I also don't care about saving the pictures or stuff I would seal inside. And also, I am interested in lower rather than higher budget ideas.

Thanks for any tips!

  12 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 18, 2020

    Hello Empathy,

    Use Mod Podge to do the job of sticking the pieces down and sealing them. The more coats you use the better. You can also seal with a varnish sealer on top! This technique is called Decoupage.........Have fun...

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 18, 2020

    Hi Empathy,

    Here is the "how to's":

  • You can add the pictures and the seal them with epoxy resin.

  • on Feb 18, 2020

    How often would you need to clean this table? If it’s one that could be spilled on or you could be eating off of consider using a piece of glass with the images underneath.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Feb 18, 2020

    Here's a great post on how to decoupage a table:

  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Feb 18, 2020

    I would say to use Modge Podge over the entire thing, but I would also suggest adding a piece of glass to protect it from spills.

  • Mod Podge, but be sure to use the right formula. I recommend the dishwasher safe or outdoor for this project.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 18, 2020

    My personal choice might be my aesthetic but I feel like the modge podge leave streaks and someone clouded milky distorted finish on top of the paper products. From a distance it’s not very noticeable but up close you can see the layering of the paper as well as the seal that’s not crystal-clear.

    The epoxy pours a very glossy with reflection and mirroring.

    My choice would be to buy a piece of plexiglass.

    My daughter has done art projects using modge podge and papers to make paper mosaics so I am judging modge podge seals by that use.

  • William William on Feb 18, 2020

    Mod Podge is permament. You will not be able to change the pictures. I use regular printer paper for printing photos for projects. If I'm framing photos I use glossy photo paper.

  • My method is to use a piece of table top glass or plexiglass cut to fit the table top. Photos will fade with time, best to print them on your computer and preserve the originals. And you can switch out photos anytime you wish with ease. Works with anything flat, fabric, paper napkins, postcards, etc. Easy, quick and no work.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Feb 23, 2020

    Mod Podge is the best.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 23, 2020

    Hi Empathy: I have a small table that I have pictures on. It was my grandmothers table, and she had pictures on it:) What I did was to have is a piece of glass cut to the size of the table and put the pictures under this. My grandmother had glass on it, but it got broken:( You can use glass or plexiglass. It's easy to change out the pictures, and there is no chance of ruining the pictures by smearing them with a product. Good luck