I do not like to dust… that’s why I have changed several table tops from black to something that doesn’t show the dust so much. This brown paper bag decoupage treatment is just what I need!
What you need for this brown paper bag decoupage project:
- Deco Art Decoupage
- Brown Paper (I used craft paper, but you could use grocery bags)
- Applicator (I used a sponge applicator but you could also use a cheap chip brush)
- Something for glazing (I used black craft paint, but you could use a glaze or a stain.
This is what my table looked like after I made it, and BEFORE I painted my bedroom and wood trim. You can see how I made this table in my post Sewing Machine Drawers into a Side Table.
I removed the drawers and worked on the table outside because it was a pretty Spring day.
Then, I laid the craft paper of the top of the table to get an idea of how much paper I would need to use.
I gathered the items I would need-DecoArt Decou-page, a small tray and a sponge brush.
Tear Brown Paper for Decoupage
To get the proper effect you will need to tear your paper and then wrinkle it. I find that it works best if you put it in your hands as though you were scrubbing a stain out of a shirt. (rubbing it back and forth to soften it a bit)
I tore large pieces and wrinkled (softened) them up a bit. I tore the pieces to size as I went along.
Begin applying brown paper bag decoupage
First, I started in the corner with a large piece, applying the DecoArt Decoupage on both sides of the paper.
I did all four corners.
Work your way around the outside
Working my way into the middle of the table.
Until I was finished.
You can see that I did NOT try to smooth out any wrinkles. I really liked this DecoArt Decoupage, it did a fabulous job and made this project quick and easy.
While I was doing this, I saw "states" of the USA. Can you find Texas, or maybe YOUR state?
Add depth and texture to decoupage
To give the paper depth and texture, I did a dry brush effect (technique) over the entire top with the black craft paint.
This is the final result.
I like the tones of brown and black together. I have done this faux leather (brown paper bag technique on several other pieces of furniture) a vanity, a dresser, and some night stands.
So, long story short, the table will still get just as dusty, but it won’t show up so much!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.