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!