Decoupage Paper for Furniture

Are you looking for the best decoupage paper for furniture? Me too! Let’s do this easy decoupage project together!

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decoupage ideas for vintage furniture

Decoupage is making a comeback!! Yay! In the last few years, I have noticed more and more decoupaged projects including furniture pieces.

So, I am jumping on that bandwagon and I want to show you how easy it is to decoupage furniture pieces like this sweet little washstand.

Let’s talk prep for this slightly damaged washstand. Below are the basic prep steps I take with most of our pieces.

**There is a video at the bottom of this post of the process!

Furniture Prep Steps:

  • remove hardware
  • remove loose veneer
  • fill big gaps or holes with Dixie Belle Mud
  • lightly sand, especially in the areas the veneer was removed
  • clean with a shop vac
  • wash with a solution of White Lightning Cleaner and hot water
  • rinse with a hose
  • allow to dry thoroughly in the sun
  • apply two coats of stain/odor blocker like Dixie Belle BOSS

list of supplies:

Use the links above to purchase some of the supplies for this project! You are helping to support this blog and all the free tutorials we offer here! Thanks so much!😊

You can also shop for more paint colors and decoupage rice paper on the Dixie Belle website. You will love the color selection as well as the decoupage rice paper prints they have!

After prepping this antique washstand, I used a chunk of beeswax in areas where I wanted the paint to chip away. I am a huge fan of chippy paint.

Then I applied two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Fluff. The white tone of the paint matches perfectly with the background of the decoupage paper I chose for this furniture piece.

Container of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in the color Fluff used for a tutorial on decoupage paper for furniture.

While the paint dried, I applied Big Mamas Butta in the scent Suzanne’s Garden to the back of the washstand. I also applied it to the inside and outside of the drawer and along the runners for the drawer.

This stuff is unreal. It hydrates the wood as well as makes it smell amazing! Think of a drawer sachet on steroids😉

Lady holding a container of Big Mamas Butta in Suzannes Garden and a chip brush used to apply it to an antqiue washstand.

how to decoupage with Dixie Belle

You can use many types of paper to decoupage, but if this is your first furniture decoupage project, I highly suggest using decoupage rice paper. It is strong and stable enough to handle moving the paper around a bit and even when repositioning the paper.

The first step is to precut the paper. Fit it to the area you want to cover and press a slight crease with your finger. Then remove the paper and cut along the crease.

Measure each section separately and don’t assume similar sections will measure the same. Remember this is vintage furniture and is often handcrafted and not machine-made. 😉

Once the paper is cut, apply a thin coat of clear coat to the area where the paper will go, and then lay the paper onto the damp surface. I started along the top edge and worked my way down. If it doesn’t line up with the edge, you can peel the paper back, reposition the paper, and lay it back down.

Smooth out the wrinkles as you go and make sure all of the paper has made contact with the damp clear coat.

When the clear coat and paper have dried completely, use a sanding sponge along the edge of the drawer, slowly sanding off any excess paper.

Apply 1-2 coats of clear coat to the top surfaces of the decoupage paper.

prep for a chippy finish

The top of this piece gave me a run for my money. Not really, this washstand only cost me $30 so I wasn’t out that much!

Anyway, I had already sanded the top of the washstand down to bare wood thinking that I wanted to do a whitewashed look. Epic fail! The results were a grayish/whitish strange color that did not look good with the amazing paint color and beautiful decoupage design.

So I went back to my plan for the body of the washstand and did a chippy paint finish on the top. I won’t go into the process here, because I have a post and a video to show you how I achieve the chippy paint finish with Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint. Click the buttons below for the post and for the video!

Lady painting the top of a washstand with Dixie Belle paint in Fluff.

beginner decoupage furniture project

And there ya’ have it! Easy, right? And look at the results!

I didn’t mention it in this tutorial, but I used Dixie Belle Gemstone Mouse in the color Amber on the original hardware. It created this rose gold color that looks so pretty!

See the little piece of wood at the bottom of the washstand? Hubby made this little doorstop to hold the left door closed. Vintage furniture is often off just a bit so doors and drawers can be a bit wonky. This little piece will help to keep the woman of the house sane!

Does it drive you a little bonkers to have doors open? I’m thinking kitchen cabinet doors and closet doors. Just sayin’!

Cute, don’t you think? This piece reminds me of spring! It’s farmhouse fresh and would brighten any space!

I know, the painting in the background isn’t exactly spring, but the artwork colors look great with the decoupage paper for this piece of furniture!

YouTube video

Here is a quick video made just for you!

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Staged shot of finished washstand project that demonstrated decoupage paper for furniture. There are various home decor items in the scene including wall art, a small lamp, a potted plant and a stack of books.

decoupage for furniture doors & drawers

Take a good look at the two cabinet doors. I was careful to change the orientation of the rice paper so that the doors would not match exactly.

The drawer was wider than the decoupage paper so matched up the seam by cutting around some of the flowers as best as I could. This created a jagged edge that I puzzle-pieced together. That helps to hide the place where the two separate pieces come together. Can you see where they are joined?

Side view of a finished washstand makeover with paint and decoupage paper for furniture with various itmes sitting on top of the washstand and wall art hanging in the background.

Usually, I don’t paint the interiors of cabinets but this piece needed it! The Fluff white paint really brightened the inside. I also hung a wire basket to two cup hooks that I screwed into the side of the washstand. This basket will add to the storage possibilities for this little washstand. And it can be easily removed too!

Inside of the cabinet on an antique washstand that has been madeover with paint and decoupage paper.

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  1. Another beautiful washstand makeover. This decoupage paper is so fresh and clean. It’s perfect with the white. You always inspire me. Pinned!

    1. The paper is amazing to work with and I am sure I will use it again and again! Thanks for pinning!

  2. Oh, this brings back memories Cindy! I did this to a washstand that belonged to my great grandmother for my daughter’s nursery over 30 years ago.
    I have done this to the sides of dresser drawers recently.
    I just love how yours turned out and the paper is lovely!

    1. What a treasure you have Michele! Thanks for sharing your memory 😊

  3. You always do a great job. I look forward to seeing what you are up to. Well done, my friend. That blue and white paper is stunning.

    1. I’m in love with the paper too – I’m looking for another project to use it on 😊

  4. Cheryl Atkinson says:

    Hi Cindy!! I love it!! So cute and very cottage core. Pinned.

    1. Thanks for pinning Cheryl! I appreciate it so much 😊

  5. Cindy – I love the decoupage and I am happy to hear it’s making a comeback. The vintage wash stand looks fabulous! Pinned!

      1. Glad you enjoyed the tutorial Cindy 😊

    1. Isn’t the paper amazing?? I can’t wait to use it again! Thanks for pinning 😊

  6. I just love, love this project!! You did a beautiful job and it makes me want to try decoupage. The blue is so cheerful, too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You have to try it Kim! It’s so fun and so easy! 😊

  7. I love the blue and white that you used to decoupage this piece Cindy. I have never thought to do that to a piece of furniture. It I really love the cottage feel it gives. Pinning for later.

    1. This was my first time using rice paper for decoupage – and it was fun to do! Thanks for pinning 😊

  8. I love how easy this it and it gives your furniture such a custom look. Pinned to try later.

    1. Thanks, Janet for stopping by! And for the kind words 😊

  9. What a fantastic furniture makeover! The floral pattern adds a touch of whimsy that I love.
    Happy New Year,

    1. Thank you Kippi! Happy New Year to you too!😊

  10. I’m glad decoupage is making a comeback if it looks like this! Your furniture makeovers are always the bomb, Cindy and your styling is the icing on the cake! Beautiful, pinned!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement and kind word Jayne! And thanks for pining 😊

  11. Very pretty makeover; love the decoupage paper you chose.

    1. Thank you Sara! Dixie Belle’s rice paper is so easy to work with too!

    1. Isn’t that rice paper perfect?? 😊

  12. This is gorgeous, Cindy! I’m always amazed at how creative you are and this piece is no exception. I love the paint color you chose and the decoupage rice paper. The whole thing is just amazing. Loving and pinning, CoCo

    1. You’re the best CoCo! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for pinning 🥰

  13. I am in love with this piece! I actually have one just like it and would love trying this new look. Super cute!

    1. You will love using rice paper for decoupage Cindy! I would love to see your finished project 😊

  14. What a fun new life you gave this piece, Cindy! I love recycling vintage pieces into something fresh and new and this is such a great inspiration. What a brilliant way to add pattern to a piece!

    1. Isn’t decoupage amazing? The rice paper makes it so easy to create a big impact on an otherwise plain piece of furniture! Thanks for stopping by Janet 😊