Decoupage Furniture

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I’ve never decoupage a piece of furniture in my life!
But a hunk of ham saved me!
It goes to show you, inspiration can hit you upside the head at any moment.
Even when cooking dinner.

Decoupage Furniture

It’s themed furniture day!  The day a creative group of DIY home bloggers redoes a piece of furniture in a themed way.  I’m thrilled to be with such a talented group of women.  We all linked our post up together so you can visit each one.  This month the theme is… you guessed it “decoupage.”

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themed furniture makeover day

I spent days thinking about decoupage.
What is decoupage?  It’s the technique of applying a glue to a surface. Then covering with paper, fabric or something thin, then applying more glue on top to seal.
I decoupaged a wood box in school once.  Used white glue over some old newspaper in a drawer once.  I have Mod Podge that you use for decoupage.  The jar is over half empty so I’ve used it for something??

closet-chairs-country-design-styleThe furniture to decoupage was easy to pick.  Mike and I have had these chairs in our closet for years and they needed updating.  Fourteen years ago, way before blogging was a thing, we moved into a home with his and hers closets.  I found these chairs and redid them.  My chair on the right had a broken spindle.  Wahoo!  I’ve loved broken spindles for years! 🙂  I removed the spindles and reattached the back lower on the seat.

My Chair

upcycled chair https://countrydesignstyle.comI removed the fabric.

painting broken chairs https://countrydesignstyle.comThen painted the chairs a soft greenish gray.

Remember the ham?

A week ago, we had ham for dinner.  I removed the plastic black bag the ham comes in and ….hum…could I decoupage this plastic bag??  It looks like fishnet stockings.

decouplage items https://countrydesignstyle.comThat’s it!  Fishnet stockings and the bristles of a bath brush!  That’s what I can decoupage on our closet chairs!

Now where the bristles of a bath brush came in I have no idea.  But I bought a bath brush for this project at the dollar store.

slathered in glue https://countrydesignstyle.comMy chair first.  I slathered on the Mod Podge onto that top back piece.

adding fishnet https://countrydesignstyle.comThen put on one leg of the fishnet.  I have to say, fishnets are much easier to put on my legs than a chair piece covered with glue!

drying decoupage https://countrydesignstyle.comI laid the back piece on a couple of screws to keep it from gluing to my drop cloth.  A large bolt “weighs” down the fishnet around the handle.

Mike’s Chair

cutting brush bristles https://countrydesignstyle.comMike’s chair next.  I cut some of the brush bristles off into a pile.

decoupage brush bristles https://countrydesignstyle.comThen taped around the decorative cutouts on the back of the chair using painters tape.  Painted on Mod Podge and sprinkle the bristles onto the glue.  I used the other end of the paint brush to move the bristles from the centers of the cutouts and let dry.

sewing on fishnet https://countrydesignstyle.comThe fishnet for this chair was cut into a rectangle and sewed by hand in the back.

decoupage https://countrydesignstyle.comThen I gathered the fishnet down one side, painted on the glue, and then covered the glued area with the fishnet.  I made sure the seam was on the bottom.

weighting down https://countrydesignstyle.comThe chair has grooves and I wanted the fishnet to stretch down into the grooves.  While the glue dried I covered it with wax paper.  Then laid wood screws in the grooves and weighted it down with a cast iron skillet.  Then walked away for an hour feeling like my dad!

This is something he would do!

After an hour I removed the wax paper and let the glue finished drying.  All the decoupaged areas were repainted with Mod Podge including the brush bristles.

decoupage close up https://countrydesignstyle.comHere’s a close up of the decoupage areas of our closet chairs.  I cut the fishnet from open handle area on my chair.


decoupage furniture https://countrydesignstyle.comAfter



I covered the chairs seats with burlap.  My chair got the same ruffle treatment {done with hot glue} as before.
These are closet chairs and usually, the only thing sitting on them are clothes!  I’ve decided it’s easier to decoupage things that don’t stretch!  Like that piece of plastic around the ham.
Think I have a ham sandwich while visiting the other decoupage furniture ideas below.  Join me!!

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  1. This is so unique! I love your use of materials. You just never know what’s going to inspire you!

    1. Grab inspiration when it hits and run with it! Thank you Bre for stopping by. Great to be with such talented ladies. ~Jeanette

    1. Heh, heh! Christy, I think Mike would have been happier if I wore the fishnets instead of the chairs! ~Jeanette

  2. You are so creative! I never in a million years would have thought to repurpose a ham bag. Both updates are great and you must smile every time you see them in your closet.

    1. Thank you Paula, they really changed the look of our closet. Now I have more closet items to redo. ~Jeanette

    1. Gosh! Thank you Sonya. It was a fun adventure, but I don’t think I ever decoupage fishnets anytime soon! ~Jeanette

    1. Debbie, thank you so much! Mike did ask when was the last time I ever wore fishnets after reading the post. :/ ~Jeanette

    1. Kathy, I get it from my dad! He once tried to make a hanging lamp with a large balloon, the colorful rocks for fish tanks, and a ton of epoxy! We had the most colorful garage in the neighborhood! 😀 I’m thrilled to be included in the tour. ~Jeanette

    1. Thanks Shanna! I was so afraid of how this one would turn out right up to the very end. But they actually look great in the closet! 🙂 ~Jeanette

  3. I love your idea of decoupage, Jeanette. The burlap ruffle is darling. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Very impressive.

  4. Wow! Your project is crazy creative! Like you, I had no decoupage experience either. But it was sure fun playing with it! I love the burlap ruffled chair. It’s perfect as a closet chair especially when you need to sit and put on shoes!

    1. Thank you! Those chairs usually have dirty or clean clothes on them according to if we’re coming or going! 🙂 ~Jeanette

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