Illustrations in magazines and books from the Victorian era always make for great Shabby Chic décor. This vintage illustration accent table takes designs from this time frame and turns them into a unique furniture piece.
For this project, you will need:
– One unfinished wooden accent table
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other type of soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Satin Pebble
– Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Finishing Spray
– Vintage illustrations (see note below)
– Color laser copier (available at most copy and print shops)
– Craft knife
– Self healing mat
– Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
– Sponge brush
– Rolling pin or similar tool
– Damp cloth
– Newspaper and/or drop cloth
Before starting this accent table project, cover your work area with sheets of old newspaper or a large drop cloth. Very carefully sand down the outside of the unfinished wooden accent table with medium or fine grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust or grit caused by the sandpaper with a tack cloth or other type of soft cloth.
Prime the entire table using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Allow the primer to dry for a couple hours. Paint the table using five to six coats of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Satin Pebble, drying for an hour between coats. Let the table dry overnight before proceeding.
Take several vintage illustrations to your local copy and print center. Have color laser copies made onto a medium weight paper. Place the copies onto a self healing mat. Carefully cut out each illustration with little border using a craft knife.
Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge or other decoupage medium to the back of one illustration. Adhere the illustration to the top of the accent table. Smooth the paper piece using a rolling pin or other similar tool to remove any wrinkles and/or bubbles. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth. Continue to add illustrations to the table, as desired. Dry overnight.
Spray the entire project with several coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Finishing Spray. Let the project set overnight before enjoying your new accent table.
NOTE ABOUT VINTAGE ILLUSTRATIONS: There are a wide variety of designs of vintage illustrations to choose from. Vintage fashion illustrations, animal illustrations, or plant illustrations can all be found on the web or in books.