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« on: June 20, 2010 12:57:41 AM »

i made this for a swap partner.  she wanted something to help with organization. i had one of those unfinished ikea boxes (can't remember the name) and it was calling out to be redecorated. 

this was my first real attempt at decoupage.

i stained the wood first, then decoupaged scrapbook paper onto the drawers, sanded after the glue dried, rubbed brown acrylic paint into the grooves, and then sealed it off with a nice coat of finish.


my favorite part is i decoupaged both sides of the drawers so she can flip the drawers around and change up the look of the box if she wishes.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010 01:42:44 AM »

It looks awesome.  And decoupaging both sides is a stroke of genius!
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2010 06:09:36 AM »

I love this! I have the same unfinished box and would love to hear more of your process since I'm a bit new to decoupage. What type of paper did you use? and Are just the fronts covered?

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2010 10:01:57 AM »

thank you!  thank you!

nannyem, it was pretty simple.  i just used scrapbook paper, the 16 x 16 version since 8 x 12 wouldnt have been large enough for the big drawers.  i stained the entire box first before assembly.  you can still stain and decoupage after assembly, its just easier to do if the box is in pieces.

anyhow, i stained the box, let it dry overnight.  i then glued the papers to the front of the drawers.  since the drawers can be pulled out completely and the back and front are exactly the same...i decoupaged the backs of the drawers as well.  after the glue dried, i did several more layers of glue (i used modge podge) letting it dry between layers. 

Then, I simply took sandpaper and ran it over the decoupaged surface, making sure to hit the edges and corners til i was satisfied with the distressed look.  i squeezed some acrylic paint onto a paper towel and smoothed it over the entire surface, wiping the surface clean (the paint will get stuck in the grooves your sandpaper made), let it dry again, and then added a couple more layers of glue.  i then assembled and sealed with a spray finish. 

simple.  mainly i felt like i was waiting for stuff to dry constantly.  heh.  hope that helps!

« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010 08:10:36 AM »

Gorgeous piece!  I just attempted my first decoupaged box and am now realizing that mod podge dries sticky...gonna try a coat of krylon triple thick glaze to seal it...have you used that before?

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2010 01:24:33 PM »

Thank you for the tip Spidermom! I have been wanting to decopage, but held off due to the stickiness.

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010 07:51:34 AM »

What a nice job; pretty box! I bet your partner will or does love it.

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