How to Decoupage Furniture with Napkins a Table

Decoupage and furniture. They go together like soup and sandwich. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to shop. Not only do I find these romantic little pieces of unwanted furniture, but I feel good knowing that the money I spend is actually helping people who need it. Don’t get me wrong though, I won’t pass up a piece of furniture for a good deal on Craigslist or at a garage sale either. I’m proud to say that this video is my most popular video with the most comments and views on Youtube. I have a little space I created for myself downstairs that is all girl. A shabby  white wicker day bed with sheer white curtains and tiny white lights surrounding me. I hesitate to say it’s in the basement. It is though. Our home reflects a symbiosis of our two styles, both mine and my husbands. He prefers a more contemporary look while I want a couch that you can fall into.  Back to our table here though. As soon as I found this I knew it needed to be revived. Some chalk paint, napkins and a little bit of time and it had a brand new life. So you’re aware, I like to use a matte decoupage glue because it’s a lot easier to add gloss to matte finish than it is to degloss a shiny finish. This video was made a few years ago and since then I’ve come to appreciate a product called Liquitex matte varnish even more. It gives the flattest finish, and it’s just not an easy thing to do. Napkins are also something that like your favorite cosmetics, get discontinued. Bummer right? I wish I had more control over that.  The napkins that I used on this table are one of my all time faves.  You can purchase the napkin below or click on the link and search for something more specific. Try searching for French napkins, floral napkins, hydrangea napkins, whatever you think would look best on your furniture.  The products needed and the links to purchase them or just read about them are right next to them. Since I am an Amazon Associate it really helps me to continue making my DIY videos.  If you have Amazon Prime all of the same features apply here and you can still shop for anything else you may need while you’re here!

  • Decoupage Glue     
  • Matte Varnish           
  • Chalk Paint               
  • Floral Napkins                           screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-7-16-32-pm
  • Artists brushes              
  • Paint Roller                    
  • Sponge Brushes          
  • Saran Wrap                   

19 Comments on “How to Decoupage Furniture with Napkins a Table

    1. When is the varnish applied? Can you leave some white around your image or do you have to cut exactly around each image? Thanks for you informative youtube

      1. Hi Jane, the varnish is the very last step when you are done with everything else. As long as your background color is also white, you can leave an edge around your images. You can even tear the images carefully so that the background of the napkin blends right into the color of your project. Hope this helps!

  1. What did you “top coat” the table with? Lovely piece. I have already learned so much from you. Ex. using plastic wrap to smooth the napkins down! How do you keep from getting the glue all over your fingers! Wash a lot?

    1. Hi Chris and thank you. I just got a truck load of messages today for some reason. I would have answered you sooner. Sorry. I used this product (you can copy and paste this into your browser if it isn’t highlighted) and I only used one coat but if I was going to use the table often I would add 2 more coats. It’s the flattest finish out there on the market. 🙂
      I usually do get a lot of the decoupage glue on my fingers, I end up peeling it off. 🙂

    1. All of my video’s are teaching videos. If you go my youtube channel you can watch any type of how to video that interests you. Here is the link to my channel, I hope this helps you!
      You can just go to youtube and type in the word patioelf, and all of my videos will come up. 🙂

  2. When is the varnish applied? Do you have to cut exactly around each image or can some white stay on. Loved your youtube. Thanks.

    1. Hello Dina and thank you! The varnish is applied as the very last step, it’s what protects all of your work. As long as the color of your project is the same color as the background color of your napkin you don’t have to cut the flowers out exactly. If your surface is white and the background color of the napkin is white -that background color will disappear into the background making it look like you painted the images on. 🙂

    1. Hi Carol, thank you! I mentioned in the blog post that I can’t find those particular napkins anywhere these days, sorry. I did list a few other choices for you on the page though! Hope that helps. 😉

    2. Hi Carol, I buy most of my napkins on Amazon although sometimes I reach into my archives of napkins that aren’t made anymore. You may want to look on Ebay with a specific search. (try cabbage rose napkins, pink rose napkins, shabby chic napkins…. Sorry I’m just responding to this now, your email was sitting in my spam folder for some unknown reason until today.
      Thanks Carol!

  3. Do you use Modfe Podge or wood glue? Ans is you white base coat gloss or matt paint. Can I use ordinary paint or craft paint? Sorry for maybe stupid questions but I’m so new to decoupage.

    1. Hi Wilmari, I’m about to close this website down so you may want to make sure you follow me on Facebook so you can ask questions there if you have them. So are far as that table, I did use Mod Podge but I would suggest using napkin decoupage glue now. The paint was chalk paint which is very matte, there is literally no shine on it. A lot of people are new to decoupage so it’s ok to ask questions. 😉 I hope you give it a try!

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