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Easy Decoupage Project for Beginners

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

This Vintage 1920's Leather Suitcase and cast iron legs from the same era had been sitting around the warehouse. I thought they'd make a unique side table, but these 100 year old pieces NEEDED to be painted first.

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For the luggage I used Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Stormy Seas, then used Bronze Patina Paint. For the accents I used Dixie Belle Gilding Wax in Bronze & Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Black.

Keeping with the vintage theme, I decided to add this Roycycled Decoupage Paper named "Numbered Decollage".

These vintage style prints from Roycyled. They're 20” x 30”, and big enough to use for large furniture or wall art.

You'll need just a few supplies for decoupaging, and I’ve posted a Video Tutorial to follow along with here. Just click PLAY:



The supplies you'll need to get started are:

  • Decoupage paper

  • Chip brush

  • Artist brush

  • Bowl of water

  • Adhesive

Step #1:

Line up the decoupage paper where you want it, then place something heavy enough in the center to keep it from moving. I used a book since it’s not too big and bulky.

Step #2:

Lift up one side of the paper, with the book holding it down in the middle.

Step #3:

Apply a thin even layer of adhesive.

Step #4:

Working from the center out, smooth out the paper with your hands. Be gentle to avoid making wrinkles. You’ll have a little time before the adhesive dries to lift up the paper and work out any wrinkles.

When you’re working on a flatter surface, it's much easier to smooth out wrinkles. My suitcase has an uneven surface, so it did get a few. They add to the character of this piece, so I left them there.

Since I’m going for a vintage look on this project, I gave the paper a jagged edge along the sides so it has a torn paper look.

To do this, all you need is an artist brush, and a bowl of water.

Dab the water along the edges of where you want it to end, then use your thumb to gently start ripping the paper. Easy as that!

Now just add some clear coat under, then over the edges to keep them in place.

I sealed the entire piece using Dixie Belle's Flat Clear Coat, but you can use any clear coat.

I hope you found some inspiration, and I want to Thank You for joining me on my tutorial! From Wall Art to Painted Furniture, there’s so many ways to use decoupage in your projects.

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