Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mod Podge FURNITURE tutorial (gasp!)

Little Sister was asking for  this vanity way before this last Christmas.  I didn't know at first whether or not to take her seriously.  She has been my rough and tough tom boy for the last 4 years...but all of a sudden she wanted to venture into the world of girly things.  Of course I waited too long, and couldn't find one that was cute enough OR the right price, until about a month ago. 

 It was the {almost} the perfect gift for her upcoming Fancy Tea Party!

I know what you are thinking...
Why did they paint weird cabbages in the corners?!?!  And why does it have the initials for California Pizza Kitchen?!?!  I just kidding, I am sure it was part of the Cabbage Patch Kid Movement.  Well, that can be (and was) changed!  This project shows the stool.  I also applied the same techniques to the front drawer, mirror, and I painted the vanity desk surface pink.

What you will need:
Cute furniture you want to make cuter (solid wood is best)
Heavy Grit Sand Paper
Paint brush or Sponges (I used 3 paint sponges)
Polyurethane or varnish

Step 1: Sand It 
Sand down the surface you want to paint and/or Mod Podge!  I used heavy grit sand paper and just made sure that the shiny finish was gone.  Bye bye weird little cabbages!

Step 2: Prime it
As you can see in the picture below, I primed over the surface I wanted to Mod Podge.
Two thin coats should do the trick.  Now you can get your cute paper and Mod Podge supplies ready!

Step 3: Adhere Your Cute Paper
A: I thought about tracing the top of the stool onto paper, but I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to make it match up very well on all sides.  So I invented a new little trick.  First I wanted to see if one piece of 12 x 12 paper would cover the whole stool.  It was just right.  If your project is too large for one piece of paper, you can easily piece it together.  

B: I slathered Mod Podge all over the stop of the primed stool.

C: Then I smoothed my 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper onto the stool.
Smooth from the center out to minimize bubbling.

D:  I then smoothed and bent the paper over the edges of the stool. 

E: I used my same heavy grit sand paper to "saw" off the paper over the edge.
Seems like it would take forever, but it actually went quick.

 Can you see where I sanded?  This was 3-4 strokes over the edge of the stool.

Once you "saw" all the way through, the paper will start remove itself.

Voila!  Can you see how cute it will be!!!

Step 4: Check all edges
I made sure my edges weren't all loose like this one below.
If they are, simply apply more Mod Podge and smooth down.

Step 5: Mod Podge Edges and Surface
Make sure you allow 20 minutes between coats if you apply more than one coat.

Step 6: Let Dry Overnight
I allowed my project to dry overnight.  I placed the stool face down onto wax paper.

Then I applied weight (full paint can) so that any bubbles would disappear by morning.

Step 7: Apply Polyurethane
I applied 3 thin coats for durability, letting dry 20-30 minutes between each coat.
One more night of drying and then my weird cabbage vanity turned into this...

I can't wait to see your projects if this post inspires you...
Please send pictures of them to me!



  1. What a wonderful post.Thank you!

  2. This was probably from when cabbage patch kids (cpk) were popular. Hence the cabbages with baby faces in them. It is beautiful. Great job.

  3. You did an amazing job and I featured this today on All Thingz Related!

  4. That is so cute. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project.

  5. Thank you so much for joining the More The Merrier Monday Linky Party. Be sure to come back next week. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

  6. I love this!! Come check out my craft blog!

    p.s. I'm a new follower!!

  7. It turned out so good! You are my craigslist idol! I never find stuff that good!

  8. This is absolutely stunning. I am inspired! BTW, I read your tutorial for modge podge canvas and enjoy your witty writing style. It is engaging and makes me feel comfortable to take on an artistic challenge.


  10. Looks great. CPK is for Cabbage Patch Kids and the cabbage in the corner is the CPK logo.

  11. Hi! First of all I LOVE your blog!! You have amazing ideas!! I am working on a table and stools for my daughter and am trying to do the sand paper technique you talked about when covering the stools. I cannot get it to work for the life of me! I end up with un-even edges on the paper and taking off all of the paint I put on the edges of the stool. I'm not sure what "strength" or whatever you call it, of sand paper I'm using, it's just whatever I had in my basement. If you have a way for me to, I can send you a picture of what's happening. I don't mind the "aged" look to an extent, but I want it to look good! Thanks in advance for your help! :)

  12. Totally doing this with my kitchen table instead of painting it. Do you think you could use fabric instead of paper?

  13. I just got a white side-table for free, and it has a big stain on top. I think this is the solution! Thanks!