One of the features I loved when we first saw our house was our front living room window. It was a large half hexagon shape with a deep window sill. It is a nice accent area, and fun to decorate during the various holidays. During other times of the year our Tiffany knock off lamp illuminates the window and the front of the house outside. Our cat loves to climb in and chase after various bugs who find themselves unlucky once he discovers them. It is also the perfect spot to place my stereo cabinet, which also acts as a nice window seat. The downside is the ledge often gets dirty and is difficult to keep clean. I also wanted to add an accent and brighten the dingy white paint that constantly needed a touch up. I thought decoupage would be a nice option here. I had used a similar technique in a previous project Decoupage Mania Restyling your home with Mod Podge. For that project I used scrapbook paper to cover a built-in wall vanity. I decided to use fabric on this window sill project due to more decorative variety and the larger project area. Our living room is a neutral sandstone color and I chose a neutral flower pattern. The advantage of using fabric makes it easier to remove if you want a change the look as opposed to using paper which tends to tear apart when you attempt to remove it.
I used a magic erasure to thoroughly clean the area before getting started.
I cut two pieces of fabric and lined up the images to create a seamless appearence in the middle of the sill. The best part? The cut fabric doesn’t have to be perfect. Once the Mod Podge dries it is stiffer and easier to trim with a box-cutter knife. Any excess fabric can be removed later. I applied Mod Podge with a foam brush and placed the fabric over top. I then applied Mod Podge over the top of the fabric.
I allowed the Mod Podge to dry, trimmed away any excess fabric with the knife and applied an additional layer of Mod Podge over top and around the edges.
Once dry, Mod Podge leaves a nice, clear protective and easy to clean surface. It also adds a decorative touch in any room. The styles of fabric and possibilities are without limits, and suddenly I have to urge to do more decorative sills throughout the house!
Finished Decorative Fabric Decoupage Window Sill
Neutral Floral Pattern-Fabric Purchased at Joann Fabric
Box Cutter Knife