Lack gone oriental

Materials: Lack table, decoupage paper, thin metal plate, decoupage glue, decoupage lacquer, pencil, all-purpose glue

Description: We had this Lack table for ages and wanted something fresh without investing a lot of money or having to throw out something that is still good.

So I decided to spice up our Lack table to match our colorful living room.
Step by step:

1. Wipe the table clean with a moist cloth and let it dry.
2. Spread the decoupage paper on the table the way you want it to be later.
3. Apply a coat of decoupage glue where you want to fix your decoupage paper. Don’t apply more than you need for one sheet, otherwise it might dry too quickly and you will have to apply glue again, resulting in thicker layers and uneven results.
4. Apply the decoupage paper and try to apply it without bubbles. It worked for me to have my wifeys help, she held the paper on two edges and I smoothed it down onto the table.

5. Be sure to have enough paper overlapping the edges of the table, you will want to wrap it around properly.
6. When you finished the applying of decoupage paper on top of the table, go for the small side of the shelf. I glued more decoupage paper than needed on it and after drying I just cut the overlapping rest with a scalpel.
7. Coat the entire decoupaged surfaces with decoupage lacquer for a brilliant or a matte finish (you will have to choose yours). Try not to go over the same spot many times, as it may cause the thin paper to break.
8. Allow it to dry about an hour before applying the second layer of lacquer.

Edge decoration:

1. Get a golden, silver or copper colored very thin plate of metal.

2. First design your desired edge decoration on paper and hold it on to the edges of your Lack table. If you like it, then it’s gonna be your model.
3. According to the paper model, cut 4 identical triangles out of the metallic plate. It really has to be thin in order to be cut with normal scissors.
4. Cut the shape into it (here the little bows).
5. Turn the ugly side (you will have one ;)) upside so you can write on it and lay it on a soft underground (a carpet or a thick cloth for example)

6. With a pencil impress the wanted design onto each triangle and then fold it in the middle.

7. Adjust the triangles on the edges and if you are happy with the result glue them onto them with all purpose glue. I used Uhu.

~ Sarah, Germany

Jules Yap