- Arts and Design
Modge Podge Furniture- A Fun Project
Did you ever have a random coffee table, end table, or vintage chair you weren't quite sure what to do with? Perhaps you live in an apartment that doesn't have a theme and you need decorating ideas. In this article, we will look at an easy way to redesign a piece of furniture with some paint and collected images from magazines. The project is a fun way to personalize your furniture. You only need a few materials:
- old love letters, pictures, magazine items
- Modge Podge
- Glue stick
- Paint brushes
Step 1: Find a piece of furniture
You can go through tag sales, garages, attics, basements, or thrift stores. Perhaps you have a rickety old chair or end table that needs some new inspiration. Pick a piece of furniture that isn’t too large or the project will become overwhelming.
Step 2: Pick a theme and paint colors
Depending on your vision, you need to pick a couple of colors to match. For example, if you want to decorate a children’ table and chairs in the theme of animals, pick bright colors that pattern an animal. If you want to cover a coffee table with old antique love letters, then you’d be painting the base of the furniture an off white, beige, or white. If you want the furniture to match a particular room, pick the paint out accordingly.
Step 3: Find letters, magazine clippings, or pictures
Round up a bunch of things that go along with your theme. Flip through magazines and pick out pictures that inspire you. You can find old photos and make copies of them to use. Here are some other places to find inspiring images:
- Old holiday or birthday cards
- Old children's books that have the bindings broken
- Calendar images from previous years
- Photos from a vacation or holiday
- Wallpaper books (many paint stores throw out books full of wallpaper samples)
Check out this list of materials you can use!
- Modge Podge Material Ideas
A followup article to my Modge Podge furniture project- a list of materials you can use to decoupage a surface!
Project Idea Number One
Chairs According to the Season
For this project, you need four unique chairs. Each chair will represent a season; spring, summer, fall, and winter. Pick out two colors that represent each season and paint the chair. Once it dries, you can cut and glue magazine images and photos onto the chair. Don’t be worried about symmetry or straight edges. The ripped edge looks nice too. Use a glue stick to attach these clippings so that there aren’t a lot of bubbles or wrinkles. Once all that dries, you will use the modge podge all over the chair to seal the work. You can choose a glossy or matte finish (depending on your preference).
My sister Nicole McDonough is credited with this design. She gave me these four chairs as a wedding gift!
Project Idea Number Two
The End Table of Love
For this project, you will need one small end table. Paint the base of the table a neutral color. Gather all those old love letters and make photocopies of them. Use either the photocopied or original version to paste onto the furniture. For a truly vintage look, dip them in lukewarm black tea to stain. Crinkle the letters up and then leave them out to dry. They will look like they were written in the 1800’s. Glue on the letters and finish with a coat of modgepodge.
Some Other Ideas
- Decorate a children's rocking chair with a pink tea party theme.
- Collage safari animals onto a children's table.
- Collage a bookshelf with vintage book jackets.
- Decorate the top of a coffee table with old pictures and maps from your travel. Buy a piece of glass to cover the table and protect the artwork.
- Decorate a birdhouse or jewelry box as a gift.
- Purchase wooden letters at Michael's and collage it with your child's favorite items.
- Decorate a game table.
Have Fun With It
There is a bit of a learning curve with this project, but even with a few mistakes here and there, collage work is very forgiving. You can just add another image or layer to cover it up. Start with a small project while you get used to the materials. Once you've got it down, you can modge podge virtually anything! A store like Michael's Crafts has all sorts of wooden items- birdhouses, treasure boxes, chairs, letter signs, etc. Collage and modge podge make great gifts!