How to Make a Picture-Topped Coffee Table

Sometimes having something that is plain in our home or office isn’t enough for us. We need to work a little harder to create illusions for us, to make our life even more beautiful. It also helps not to leave an empty space in our life. It will be more colorful and enchanting. The same goes with having a plain and simple coffee table. This might be annoying for some after staring for a long time at that empty coffee table.

You can decorate your plain coffee table by making a picture-topped of your personal or favorite family moments. This can be done by creating a permanent picture collage using a craft product known as Mod Podge that is capable of helping you to make decoupaging as easy as counting numbers whether you have an artistic background or not. The Mod Podge product is available at your local craft stores or you can purchase it through online stores. The picture that you want to create on top of your coffee table can be the same size as the table or you can make smaller pictures with attractive designs that you preferred. Picture-topped coffee table is suitable not only in certain area of your house; you can place the table in a family room, living room as well as a home office.

To make a picture-topped coffee table, you need:

  • Household cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Pictures of choice
  • Mod Podge or decoupage medium
  • Large paintbrush or sponge-tipped applicator
  • Glass table top (optional)

Making a Picture-Topped Coffee Table

How to Make a Picture-Topped Coffee Table

  • Firstly, you need to find suitable area for you to work where you can move with ease and also place your materials on a safe place whenever you want to allow them to dry thoroughly
    • Once you have determined your work area, you need to spray or clean the surface that you want to cover with your personal or family pictures using a household cleaning product.
    • Rub the surface using a soft cloth so any residue or dirt on the table will be removed enabling you to prepare the table for your next task.
    • Make sure the surface area is thoroughly dry.
  • Pick any photos that are among your favorite whether it is personal or family pictures.
    • Then, you can take the photo to any photocopy shop such as the Kink’s so that you can photo copied the photo in black and white. If you like it to be printed in color, you can ask them to do it for you.
    • Besides that, you can also request the size according to the size that you want to use on your coffee table.

Whenever you are cleaning the coffee table, make sure you use warm water and clean the table using a soft cloth. Always remember not to use chemical cleaners as it could damage your Mod Podge’s finish product.

  • After that, you can proceed with the next step that is arranging the pictures of your choice on top of your coffee table.
    • The placement of the pictures is up to your creativity and also what you want to be appearing in the final product of your picture-topped coffee table.
  • Make sure to attach the pictures one by one and carefully brushing the back of the picture using your Mod Podge. After you have brush the picture with Mod Podge, you also need to paint some of the Mod Podge on your table. Then, you have to stick the pictures on top of the table and press it into the area that you want. Just like you are gluing them on the table.
    • This process needs to be done until you finished covering the entire base of the coffee table with the photos and other designs that you like.
  • Once you have finished doing the above step, you need to paint over the whole surface of the table using Mod Podge
    • Paint the table with a thick and even coat of the Mod Podge
    • You must also paint it directly over your pictures. Even if you paint it on top of your pictures; the Mod Podge will dry and produces a completely clear finish that looks like the pictures are laminated onto the table.
    • Finally, you need to allow the Mod Podge to dry thoroughly before you can display it in your living room or any place within your house.

    Always remember that when you want to make a picture-topped coffee table

    • You can make use any kind of picture that you have. Choose among your favorite collections or picture whether it is a photograph, printed pictures on paper as well as card stock.

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