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How to upcycle your furniture

How to upcycle your furniture


As seen on StyleTV
You will need:
• Piece of furniture
• Paint
• Fabric
• Standard matt finish mod-podge
• Paint brush
• Baking paper
• Scissors
• Rubber roller
• Hard Finish Mod-Podge or hard wearing varnish


1. Remove knobs, handles and hardware from your furniture. Prepare your piece of furniture by sanding back some of the paint so the new paint will stick (especially important with old enamel paint). Some new paints say no prep required but I have found they can still chip. Undercoat can be useful especially if wood is stained.

2. Paint your furniture item – colour (or colours) of your choice…you don’t need to paint where fabric is going.

3. Plan your fabric layout approximately and cut pieces slightly larger than needed.

4. Lay each piece of fabric right side down on baking paper and paste the wrong side with matte finish
mod podge. Let dry. It will feel stiff when dry.

5. Cut fabric pieces to size. Being pre-glued means the edges will not fray when you glue the pieces to
your furniture. You can cut full size pieces, shapes, strips, cut out pictures such as flowers, etc.

*For the next steps, work on one piece at a time before going on to next piece.

6. Glue another layer of matte mod-podge onto the pre-glued fabric, again on the wrong side. Make sure glue is covering whole piece and still wet when you apply to furniture. (No glue will leave an air bubble).

7. Place fabric in position on furniture and use
rubber roller to stick it down. Work from the
centre out otherwise you will trap air
underneath. You can use your fingers too for
smaller areas.

8. Try to arrange pieces edge to edge. Flowers (or other picture designs) over the top of joins can add to the design.

9. Let dry.

10. Varnish as per product instructions to finish then reattach any hardware or handles.

Don’t be in a hurry to dry each stage… the result is much better dried naturally and being impatient
can result in sticking drawers, etc.

There are a number of variations for this technique in books and online. I have found this one not too messy…and has great results. This technique can also be used on other products including metal and plastic.

Instructions by Sarah Chisnall (www.facebook.com/SpinningCandy)