Decoupage furniture to give it a new look and watch how it transforms your home. Decoupage furniture is a piece of furniture that has had paper cutouts glued to its surfaces and sealed. Decoupage is a simple craft to do at home, and is a quick and easy way to liven up old furniture without breaking the bank. Popular in the Victorian era, when people commonly decorated every available surface in the home, decoupage came about as a way for everyday people to emulate the look of custom hand-painted furniture found in the homes of the wealthy. Today, it is simply regarded as a way to customize decor without any particular painting skill.
Any piece of furniture to be decoupaged must first be completely stripped of its old finish to ensure that the adhesive will properly stick. Sanding the stripped piece is necessary anyway, as tiny cracks, dents, or other imperfections are usually plainly visible when the paper warps into it. The piece is then wiped clean and painted or stained to the desired color. Once the piece is dry, paper cutouts are arranged experimentally over the surface until a pleasing design is discovered. This is the creative part of the process, and the cutouts can come from anywhere.