I am starting to think I have a problem. I am addicted to decoupage! My husband and friends joke with me that soon all that I have will be decoupaged, (including my underwear) and they may be right! I am hooked. The reasons are it looks great, and is an inexpensive way to restyle a home. I also admit, I am a restless soul who can ever seem to sit even for one moment, and when I do, I am busy contemplating my next project or idea. One of these areas in our home is at the top of our stairs in the hallway. I believe it was intended to be a vanity. There is a mirror and an outlet close by. I basically use it as an area to display my husband’s mother’s blue vase. (She passed away many years ago, so it means a lot to have an item of hers displayed in our home) and a small lighted Christmas tree during the holidays. For a while I had considered tiling the area, but that would be quite an extensive project, although I know it would have looked amazing! Then I thought to myself, Why not decoupage it? It’s similar to wall papering after all.
I used some scrapbook paper with a fairly neutral design. I simply cleaned the area as best I could and applied Mod Podge Matte with a large paintbrush to the area. I cut the paper in sections, trying to match the design the best I could so that it would appear as seamless as possible. I smoothed out any air bubbles using my hand this time. (A bit messy but it worked rather well , and luckily the bathroom sink was nearby so no permanent mess to deal with.) I placed a fan in front of it to help it dry quicker. I then used multiple coats of Mod Podge to seal it (about three full coats overall.) Now it looks neater as the original surface, looked rough even when I had painted it. I find it is safe to clean a Mod Podged surface with a damp cloth. I have even used a Clorox wipe and it was fine! Overall I am happy with how this turned out and I think it makes the area look neater and adds a little “pop” I was imagining other surfaces this could be tried on. Window sills instantly come to mind as well as the bathroom cabinet. No surface is my house is safe from decoupage! ; 0 )