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Published on March 29th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


That’s a wrap – coffee table

Materials: Lack coffee table, Mod Podge, gift wrap, 1-2″ foam brush, high density foam roller, polyurethane

Description: The finish on this coffee table had a way of collecting and showing off dust, fingerprints, and crumbs like you wouldn’t believe. It was driving me nuts so I decided to decoupage the top to add color, texture, and dimension to an otherwise boring table.

1. Use heavy-weight gift wrap,the non-shiny kind you buy by the sheet works really best for this project. Measure and cut to cover the surface of the table.

2. Gather your mod podge supplies. You will need a foam brush, a high-density, ultra smooth roller, a container to pour your mod podge into, and a damp cloth for wiping away extra glue.

3. Carefully roll on a thick coat of mod podge with the roller. Working quickly, start at one corner and line up your paper with the edge of the coffee table and carefully unroll it on to the layer of glue. Using your hands, smooth away any wrinkles or bubbles that appear on the surface. If you notice your glue is drying before your paper goes down, try working in smaller sections using the foam brush to get between the paper and the table as you unroll it and press it down.

4. Wipe away any excess glue and let dry for 30 min. Add 2 more coats of mod podge letting it dry completely between coats.

5. Finish off the table with a coat or two of polyurethane using another high density foam roller and you’re done!

See more of the decoupaged coffee table.

~ Jennifer, Seattle, WA

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14 Responses to That’s a wrap – coffee table

  1. Lena says:

    I found paper like that at Paper source online. You buy a sheet at a time. It took 2 sheets of the paper I selected to do the table. Very easy and looks great!

  2. Melissa says:

    I love the table. I’m dying to know where you got the wrapping paper. I can’t find anything like it anywhere.

  3. Van says:

    That looks amazing!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I also would love to know where you got the wrapping paper. I am looking online and can’t find anything as large as the table — which is 22×36 by my measurements. The best I can find is 19.5×27, so I’d need 2 sheets.
    I suppose I should choose a paper easy to match up, like your rectangles, instead of a more intricate, curvilinear pattern.
    I have found those ‘stained glass’ window films in the right size, any thoughts from the peanut gallery on how that might work for decoupage?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love it!! Where is the wrapping paper from? It would be perfect for a similar lack revision I have in mind.

  6. TamStyles says:

    @Jennifer where did you find the barber chair. I must hide this photo from my hubby.

  7. Jennifer says:

    For the person who asked about painters tape: Sure, you could do that. I didn’t bother though, I just kept a damp rag nearby and wiped up any excess as I went along. Hope that helps!

  8. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    @Sacha, that’s a nice looking desk too!

  9. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Truly lovely. I’m a SUCKA for a Tuxie Cat, so having one sitting the in room gave the table just the right added touch!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Would you recommend putting painter’s tape on the edge of the table to protect it from the modge podge?

  11. Julie says:

    I have this exact coffee table and definitely agree that it shows marks and fingerprints etc something rotten! I’m inspired to take action and doing something with mine now :D that’s a very creative hack, thank you for detailing it.

  12. SUPER duper cool! Love it.

  13. Sacha says:


    On first opening this post I spotted the barbers chair. We madeover exactly the same one.

    Then on scrolling down I see the decoupaged table with exactly the same paper i’ve just used to redo a desk.

    Well done, looks greats.

    Here is mine if you want to have a look.

  14. Anonymous says:

    That’s really cool, thanks for sharing!

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