Asked on Jun 23, 2016

How do you finish a piece that has both chalk paint and decoupage?

by Sgenna
Frustrated!!! I am a beginner and trying to figure out how to seal/ finish the back of a chair that has decoupage on front and chalk paint on back. I applied the mod podge on top of the decoupage to seal it but got little on the sides which was visible on the chalk paint after it dried. Then I tried to wax the back but the wax got on the decoupage on the front accidentally and it seeped through the edge creating an oil like stain. Ugh so frustrated !!! I would greatly appreciate any advice to get a more refined look.
  10 answers
  • Diana of all Trades Diana of all Trades on Jun 23, 2016
    Well you were doing everything right except for the Mod Podge accident and wax accident. You could sand off the decoupaged area and redo it if it really is noticeable. But perhaps you could give it an aged look by applying the wax in more areas but with a small brush. As to the Mod Podge on the painted area, you might be able to get it off with just rubbing with, believe it or not, a paper bag. If that doesn't work, you want to go to a 600 grit sand pad. Go to 805and818ChalkTypePaintInfo on FB and post pictures and I'll see if I can help more. We're relatively close to each other.
    • Sgenna Sgenna on Jun 23, 2016
      Thank You Diana Slater! You're so kind to respond! I removed all the decoupage and am restarting trying to figure out what steps to do in what order!
  • Patricia Prinkey Patricia Prinkey on Jun 23, 2016
    Diana has the right tip. I would of brushed a small amount of kiltz on because of the oil type stain...
    • Sgenna Sgenna on Jun 23, 2016
      Thank You Patricia Prinkey! What will the kilz do? Is that a primer? When would I apply that? Thank you for taking the time to respond. 😉
  • Maion Jiji Maion Jiji on Jun 23, 2016
    If it was me I would prime the entire chair with 300xim primer (let dry overnight) then paint with chalk paint. Once dry wax to seal. If you'd like the decoupage to show, I would dry brush the front with chalk paint and prime and paint the back. Then wax the entire piece.
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    • Maion Jiji Maion Jiji on Jun 24, 2016
      no wax. The mod podge is the sealer. Do 2 coats of mod podge and you should be good
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jun 24, 2016
    Wax shouldn't hurt anything on modge podge wipe it off. I use modge podge or water base poly to seal my stuff.
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    • Sherrie Sherrie on May 16, 2018

      Yes seal it then modge podge if you are waxing save that for last if you accidentally got wax on it use denatured Alcohol to wax off the wax then seal.

  • Diana of all Trades Diana of all Trades on Jun 24, 2016
    That's why taping off your piece is so important. We all want to skip that step but I've found out the hard way that's is really important.
    • Sgenna Sgenna on Jun 24, 2016
      That makes sense! Thank you for sharing your experienced knowledge!
  • Kate Kate on Nov 09, 2018

    Hello there, sorry to use your question for my own but I can’t find anything on the net that can help me... I’m busy decoupaging a glass plate that has a ripple effect in the glass. I’m a newbie to this and found it super tricky! Some of the paper ripped and I’d like to paint a layer of chalk paint behind it so the rips are not noticeable. Can I use chalk paint in between two layers of modge podge and then seal it with varnish?

  • Use polycrylic for both. It's water based and won't yellow with time. Wax isn't necessary for chalk paint. I hardly ever use it to seal furniture.

  • Amy Amy on Apr 25, 2019

    Im new to decoupage as well. I have done a table with napkins & sealed it with mod podge. However, its not that smooth so just wondering how i can get it smooth without the napkin image disappearing.

  • Buffy Buffy on Jun 26, 2019

    Have a laminate table. I sanded, primed, chalk painted decoupage with modge podge. Then I need to use a black wash over that. Do I need to put wax over it or hard coat modge podge

  • Renee Renee on Feb 02, 2020

    Question I chalk painted a chair white. Can I use mod podge Matt clear acrylic sealer spray on it to seal