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Decoupage Furniture Finish

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Add an artful touch to furniture projects by applying your choice of photos, artwork, or drawings beneath a durable protective finish.

Decoupage map table finish

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Utility knife
  • 120-, 180-, 220-, and 320-grit sandpaper

Materials

  • Spray adhesive, #41209
  • Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Minwax wood stain, Early American
  • Minwax Polycrylic satin polyurethane spray finish

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Instructions

Before beginning finish work on a dowel table like the one shown, consult the project instructions to find out when to apply the finish. To purchase print copies of the map used for this project (#22535447, 36-in x 24-in size), visit Art.com.

Step 1

Sand the dowels and pine rounds. Sand the faces of the pine rounds up to 220 grit, and sand the edges up to 320 grit -- then lightly moisten the edges of the pine rounds, allow them to dry, and sand the roughened surface with 320-grit sandpaper just until smooth.

Good to Know

Avoid sanding the dowels any more than necessary to keep them from fitting loosely in the holes drilled in the pine round.

Step 2

Working in a well-ventilated area, apply a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner to the pine rounds; let dry. Then stain the edges, bottom, and a 1- to 2-inch ring around the top of each pine round (we used Early American stain). Tape a 1/4-inch section at one end of each dowel and stain the dowels to match the table.

Good to Know

Wood conditioner helps create a more evenly stained finish by reducing how much stain the porous areas of the wood can absorb.

Step 3

Adjust the map or other art on the surface of the pine round to visualize the look you want. Spray adhesive on the back of the art and on the top of the pine round, then press the round down on the back of the art. Flip the round over, squeeze out any bubbles, and trim off excess paper using a crafts knife or utility knife with a fresh blade.

Step 4

With 320-grit sandpaper, lightly feather the trimmed edges of the art. Then apply just enough stain to blend the map edges with the pine round.

Step 5

Finished table with decoupage map

Remove the tape from the dowel tips. After the table is assembled, spray the entire project with at least two coats of polyurethane.