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hipmama1970
« on: July 02, 2007 03:50:29 PM »

The table that fits into our breakfast nook was getting pretty torn up, so I knew I had to do something about it. The table is made of pine, and the top is about 3 ft by 5 feet.

We decided to decoupage it. I started by cleaning, sanding and priming the tabletop. Then I painted it with the same yellow paint we used on the walls.

We settled on the theme of "Works of Art." I went to second hand stores in the area and purchased a few art textbooks and coffee table books to cut up and used the photos from them. Smiley When possible, I put the little tags from the book by each picture, so we could all learn as we eat! I tried to avoid putting too many naked people on the kitchen table, but some times you just can't leave certain pictures out.

Here it is!



I did the decoupaging part with plain old decoupage medium from Wal-Mart, then covered the whole shebang with several coats of waterproof varnish, because we need to be able to really scrub it (we're gross people, especially when we eat!)

When we put the varnish on to protect the table, we left the table in the garage in between each coat so it could dry without the kids and cats touching it. But, next time I'm going to try something else, because there are a few bugs now encrusted in to the finish  Roll Eyes If you're special, I'll let you sit by one of them!



Mmm, tasty!

« Last Edit: July 03, 2007 10:15:59 PM by hipmama1970 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 05:02:22 PM »

 Grin I really love it.

I think you did a fabulous job, bugs and all!!

I love decoupaged tables. They are my favorite new craft. I really like your arrangement, it looks so neat and tidy! And I bet it looks smashing with your walls, I just adore that canary yellow. It really makes the pictures pop.

Fantabulous!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007 10:17:01 PM »

Thank you riverwatson Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007 08:53:18 AM »

Looks great. I think the bugs are kind of neat. Quite a conversation starter. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007 09:38:39 AM »

I think the bug is cute!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007 03:21:55 PM »

as an art history major and lover of decoupage, i LOVE this table!!! i am so inspired
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007 08:16:28 PM »

Looks great.  I like it.

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2007 07:21:27 AM »

Great job on the table ... my favorite part is the bug!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2007 07:43:19 AM »

I love that you included a Stella Marrs card with your classic works of art.
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2007 07:57:02 AM »

No, wait, that is a different artist. Whose name I cannot recall, but am now searching.
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2007 09:51:40 AM »

I love the art theme!
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2007 08:59:55 PM »

I really like it- I think our kitchen table is going to need a treatment like this soon- it's already got a paint blob in the middle...

If you really hate the bug you can use a tiny file & sand it out, then touch up your spot.
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2007 08:40:48 AM »

OMG!!! that is gorgeous. i love it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2007 08:13:39 PM »

Ah Ha! Finally, I come across the art card after several days:
Barbara Kruger! (not Stella Marrs - although both use b&w photos w/ white on red text.)

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/464535742_0b2ddff313.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/photos/nardacs/464535742/&h=343&w=500&sz=143&hl=en&start=39&um=1&tbnid=ylRsvAcWoeQDGM:&tbnh=89&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522barbara%2Bkruger%2522%26start%3D36%26ndsp%3D18%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2007 08:23:18 PM »

And if anyone is interested:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Kruger
is the standout photo and text image on the center L

while http://www.stellamarrs.com/about/ is who I originally (mistakenly) thought of.

Both are artists of note. And I love that Kruger was included with the likes of Hopper and The Bug.
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2007 11:42:58 PM »


That's one of my favorite parts of the whole table! I think about it when I'm SCRUBBING each day after meals Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2007 09:28:51 AM »

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I think about it when I'm SCRUBBING each day after meals
Yeahhh, I kinda thought you might.

I have an art card from Kruger http://www.csulb.edu/~witko/sexofthings.gifthat speaks to the Craftster's relation to the material world.
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2013 09:25:10 PM »

I thought I'd pop in now that the decoupage job is over 5 years old and give an update...

The varnish is holding up well. There are a few scratches in the finish because we got a medium-sized dog in the interrim, and it took her a while to learn that the table is NOT her domain. None of the scratches have gone all the way through the varnish, they're just not attractive.

The bug is still there, I think he's probably good to go until some future scientist harvests him for whatever DNA they can find in the blood he was drinking shortly before he stuck to the table. "Homo Sapiens Park" anyone?

BIGGEST ISSUE WARNING: There are a few places where the decoupaged paper wasn't completely flat. The paper wrinkled a bit, I think I may have gotten it too wet during the gluing process and it buckled. At the time I thought I had it pretty well covered with the varnish. But, over time the ridges ended up poking out, and now crud has started building up under the corners of paper. Combined with the moisture from wiping it, I shudder to think what would happen if we cultured those areas for bacteria. We don't use this table to eat dinner any more but if we did we'd have to sand it down and start over.

So, if we were starting from scratch, I'd be very careful to make sure my paper was all very flat. The ridges didn't seem HUGE but what isn't a problem on an artsy fartsy project can definitely make a difference where a lot of water and wiping are involved.

Other than that, it's been amazing. A cheap, easy project for someone who really doesn't have any woodworking or painting skills. Just keep that paper FLAT or layer on a lot more varnish and I think probably anyone could manage this!

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« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2013 07:02:45 PM »

I thought about doing this with cards so it looks like someone was playing a game of poker, UNO, or whatever.
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