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Decoupage is a fun and easy way to update or personalize a boring piece of furniture or similar. You can use this method with covering basically anything from boxes to clipboards, or even to pretty up a homemade journal or otherwise boring schoolbook.

Be sure to read ALL steps BEFORE you start your project, so you know exactly what you're doing, and you'll be less likely to make a silly mistake.

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This is my first instructable, so if you have any questions or tips, please leave a comment!
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Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need the following:

-Bookshelf to cover
-Pretty cotton fabric (around 2-3m for a small bookshelf, 4-6 for medium/large shelf. Measuring is also a good idea)
-Mod Podge -Gloss Lustre/Matte (you should be able to get away with 8oz bottle if it's a small amount, otherwise you'll be right with 32oz bottle)
-Large Ruler
-Pen/Pencil/tailor's chalk/similar
-Container filled with clean water
-Paint (Optional)
-Primer (If painting)

Step 2: Prepare

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Before you do anything, think about which parts you want to cover, and if you want to paint any areas also. Try to dissassemble your unit as much as possible, to get in all the tricky areas. The backs on our shelves were stapled on, so they were easy to remove. Also, assuming your unit is made of wood, it would be a good idea to give it a light sand to remove any imperfections or stains, and to give yourself a clean surface to work with.

When you've decided which parts you want to cover and if you want to paint or not, be sure to paint first. If you decide to paint, prime the area and give the unit about 2-3 coats of acrylic/enamel house paint, making sure you let the first coat dry before adding the next. Otherwise, measure and cut your fabric into pieces to fit each panel you want to cover. Be sure to cut pieces a bit bigger, as the fabric may shrink a little when drying. Any overhanging fabric you can trim later.

adidame5 years ago
Is the MogPog sticky?  My mom uses it on boxes, but it always sticks to paper.  I would love to do this for my newest craigslist acquisition.  Thanks!
ChrysN5 years ago
Cool, this is a nice way to spruce up old furniture.