Mod Podge Side Tables Tutorial

So I had these little night stands. They were given to me, and I have never been excited about them. So I decided if I don't like them what do I have to lose? I might as well play with them a little right?

Instead of me just showing you the before & afters like always, I figured I would do a little tutorial for you all,  just in case you also have furniture that could use a little face lift.
Step 1: Removed old hardware.

Step 2: Go over entire surface with 120 grit sandpaper.

Step 3: Wipe Down

Step 4: Apply fresh coat(s) of paint to the surface (if needed). I wanted to make sure once I applied the paper the background would stay the same since there was so much brown showing through.

I wanted the inside of the drawers to be cheerful so I used the last 1/2 of my $5 oops paint.

Step 5: Tape off drawers.

Step 6: Paint the inside any color (if desired) with two coats eggshell paint.

Step 7: Take a 14x14 sheet(s) of scrapbook paper & measure out the space you want to cover. 

Once my cuts were made I placed the paper on top to make sure it fit nicely.

Step 8: Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the area you want the paper. Then place the paper on the area, being sure to smooth out all bubbles carefully (Modge Podge will dry clear so don't worry if its a little hazy).

Step 9: Repeat step 7 & 8 for each of the drawers. 
Step 10:  After your paper is in place, wipe off any extra mod podge with a damp rag.  Let dry before moving on.

Step 11: After your paper is dry, Spread a even layer of mod podge over the top of the paper, being careful again that you smooth out any bubbles (your hands may get covered in podge, mine sure did).

Step 12: After your top coat of Mod Podge is dry, you can go over the entire piece with some polyurethane (I used clear satin). This will not only seal the Mod Podge but make the whole piece more protected against daily wear and tear.

After that is dry, you are DONE!

Just for fun how about a side by side?

I love them, and I hope you do too! Please let me know if you try this project, I would love to see what you all come up with!

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  1. Oh Rachel, These are just so great. I have thought about doing some modge podge too. I have a sale next month and one of the women in my group has life stuff going on to the point the rest of us are going to have to step it up. These projects are so motivating for me when I feel like I'll never hve enough stuff to sell.
    I really like the color and pattern choices here. I am a loyal fan of the black and white but I also like the unexpected robins egg blue drawers ... delightful!
    Thanks for stopping by Becolorful and leaving such a glowing comment. I always like hearing from you.

  2. I love this! Thosse drawers are awesome!

  3. Wow! This is fantastic! What an EXCELLENT idea... I am now on the hunt for some old side tables! LOL I really love "oops" colors for the bargain and this Robin's Egg Blue is simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! I'm bookmarking your site for future reference. :)

  4. Very cute! I love the black and white. Lisa~

  5. I was being a dork and commented on the site you were featured on today. Here is what I wrote:

    I modge podged my first piece of furniture a few weeks ago! Did you see it???


    The tissue paper was pretty thin and I was using a wallpaper smoother to get the bubbles out of the paper and poked thru the paper in 2 spots. Gggrrrrr….

    How did you keep from getting bubbles??

    The inside color is GENIUS!!!!! Are you kidding me. I am totally stealing that idea sometime! (with your blessing of course!)

  6. I came here from Better After, and I love your tables. But I also LOVE your music selections. I've always liked Ingrid Michaelson but never heard of the other three. I can't wait to download them, thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow that is awesome! I have an old dresser I was going to sell in a garage sale. Maybe I'll try this instead!

  8. I love your blog. You have some fantastic ideas!

    I would be really honored if you would join me at my first link party and giveaway that is up now:



  9. I've seen these over and over as I visit this site eh hem, quite, often. But I must say,...I positively LOVE them. I will be dabbling in some Mod Podge...

  10. Do you have issues with your paint being sticky after it supposedly dries? Does the poly take care of that? Any issues with the fabric bubbling over time? Thanks! I love them!

  11. Lindsay, No issues with the paint being sticky the poly really seals everything nice. I used paper and have no issues with bubbling after I put them in place and smeared the first bubbles out.

  12. Anonymous8/04/2012

    They look wonderful! A+ work missy!

  13. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial, my husband has many maps laying arround, thanks to u, I can incorporate them with my sons desk. Can't wait to get started :)


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