Transform an old table with beautiful decoupage

decoupage table photo
How to découpage a tableMark Davison - Hearst Owned

Découpage is a great way to upcycle old furniture like chairs in an afternoon. In fact, you can découpage anything from frames and clothes pegs, to wooden hangers and kitchen utensils.

Our craft team has put together this simple yet stunning découpage project to get you started. Follow the step-by-step guide to transform a tired table into a gorgeous living room centrepiece using just a sheet of paper and some paint. It's such a gorgeous addition to your home.

We've used a single sheet of floral paper but, if you prefer, cut out images you like and glue them to a backing paper to create your own ‘poster’.

However you decide to découpage your table, here's everything you need to get started.

And if you've not tried decoupage before, read everything you need to know about this pretty papercraft here. And we've got loads more upcycling projects, if you get the bug!

Decoupage table photo
Mark Davison

You will need:

  • Poster/sheet of heavy gift wrap (try

  • Suitable table (with a surface close to the size of the poster)

  • Paint (to match the poster background)

  • Sandpaper

  • Spray adhesive

  • Paint brush

  • Clear acrylic sheet (order pre-cut online)

How to make:

  1. Sand the table and wipe clean to provide a key for painting. Paint the whole table in your chosen colour, leaving to dry between coats if it needs more than one.

  2. Cut the poster to size if necessary. Spray the back with adhesive and stick to the surface of the table. Smooth with a dry cloth from the centre out to avoid bubbles. Allow to dry.

  3. Lay the acrylic sheet over the image to protect the surface. If the table does not have a raised lip, consider ordering the acrylic sheet with pre-drilled screw holes so that you can use screws to attach it to the surface.

Have you made a decoupage creation? Share your crafting with us by tagging @primamag on Instagram!

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