Decoupaged Table Makeover with Postage Stamps
It’s my favorite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun. If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this small furniture project challenge.
You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.
But first I want to show you have I put my own ‘stamp’ on an old worn table.
The makeover really pushes the envelope. haha.
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I found this old beat up magazine table at the ReStore a few years ago.
It really needed some serious makeover love.
But for the $5 price I knew it would be worth the effort.
I loved the magazine holders on the sides, and I thought this would be a great living room piece between our two chairs.
John can have one side and I’ll have the other.
Perfect for winter time reading in front of a roaring fire in the living room wood stove.
I painted the table white over a year ago because I knew I wanted to decoupage it with something.
But I had no idea what.
So it sat waiting for divine inspiration to hit me.
Then one day I found a bunch of stamps at a thrift store and an idea was born, but I needed more stamps.
So I went searching on etsy and I found a lot of 1000 used stamps for a very reasonable $9, plus shipping, which was about $6.
The only other supplies I needed for this decoupaged table makeover was some DecoArt Paper Decoupage Medium, and a foam brush.
NOTE: I am not a stamp collector. I purchased these used stamps specifically for crafting purposes.
I separated the stamps into colors.
This did take a while, but I was listening to music while I was doing it so it seemed pretty quick.
Music makes every monotonous job fun. At least for me.
How to decoupage a table with postage stamps
For my decoupaged table makeover I decided I wanted to outline the top with blue stamps.
So I did dry fits as I went along, and then I decoupaged the stamps in place.
To apply the stamps I added the decoupage medium to the table and also to the back of the stamps.
As I got rows done I applied the medium on top of the stamps as well.
It was the same process for the red/pink stamps, and then the green stamps.
I worked my way in as I went.
After I applied purple, yellow, and red/orange stamps to finish the table top I gave it a light sanding with a fine grit sanding block.
Alternating with the decoupage medium and the sanding block, I gave it two light coats.
Letting it dry in between, and then I finished it off with a final coat.
Here you can see that the decoupage medium goes on kind of whitish, but it dries clear.
Now it was time to move on to those fabulous legs, which of course don’t need to be done.
I wasn’t worried about colors here.
I just winged it, mixing the colors as I went in a way that looked good to me.
Once the stamps were dry I trimmed them with an xacto knife, following the contours of the legs.
Make sure to use a very sharp blade and you just need a very light touch here.
You don’t want to cut into the wood.
Then the legs got the same decoupage medium and sanding block treatment as the table top.
And I just kept going with the awesome magazine cubbies on the sides of the table.
Again, I mixed the stamps as I made my way down.
And then I trimmed them at the top and bottom.
Decoupaged table makeover
Here’s one view before and after.
And here’s the other side before and after.
I’m still thinking about whether or not I should do the inside bottom area.
But I’ll always have stuff inside the table so the stamps would be covered up.
So, here’s another look at the $5 table in the condition that I found it.
I hope it has your ‘stamp’ of approval. 🙂
I’m super happy with how my decoupaged table makeover turned out.
Using stamps is an easy way to get a mosaic look, and it’s relatively inexpensive too.
And I still have a ton of stamps left for future projects.
Here it is in my living room happily sitting on my DIY striped plywood floor in my living room.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!