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How to Decoupage a Chair

This is a really quick way to liven up a tired chair and it’s so easy to decoupage a chair, either with fabric or paper. I chose ‘Nearly Black’ by Autentico to paint the chair and used a very simple, graphic design in fabric for the decoupage.

How to Decoupage a Chair

I gave the chair a light sanding just to key the surface and then several coats of paint. Autentico paint dries really quickly which helps speed up the process.

1. Choose your fabric or paper and cut a few pieces out and play around with the placing until you are pleased with the effect. By using a fabric with a black background which matches the chair colour it makes the cutting out of the fabric much easier as the edges blend into the paintwork.

How to Decoupage a Chair

2. Brush PVA glue onto the back of the fabric making sure you cover the entire surface, including the edges. Place the fabric onto the chair and pat it into place gently.

3. Use a piece of sponge to smooth out the fabric making sure there are no air bubbles.

4. Leave the chair to dry for a couple of hours and then paint chair and fabric with varnish to protect it. I used Polyvine decorator’s varnish which has a matt finish and dries quickly.

How to Decoupage a Chair

Decoupage is a great way to give your home the individual look and let your creative side loose.

How to Decoupage a Chair

Jacqui x


Photography: Amelia Brooks/ Styling: Jacqui and Amelia Brooks

‘How to Decoupage a Chair’ written by Jacqui Brooks




6 replies to “How to Decoupage a Chair”

  1. Geraldine says:

    What a transformation! Looks great Jacqui!

  2. Ellie says:

    Visit here often….love to decoupage. Tried wallpaper but not fabric. How many coats of finish do you have to put on? Thanks….

    • Hollie@Audenza says:

      Hi Ellie, lovely to hear you’re a reader! We would use around 3 coats to ensure it’s really well stuck. Enjoy decoupaging!

  3. Joyce says:

    Was worried about trying this but you made it easier to understand than others I looked at thank you

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