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How to Decoupage a Tray Table

Give an ordinary tabletop a stylish new look.

By Suzonne Stirling

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Tray table
Bryan McCay
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Step 1: Sand the table with medium (100 grit) sandpaper. Wipe all surfaces with a damp rag. Brush on two thin coats of primer and let dry between coats. Apply two thin coats of semigloss latex paint to the legs and rim; let dry between coats.

Step 2: Trace outline of tabletop with a pencil on the back side of a sheet of wrapping paper. Cut just inside the penciled line and check for fit. Trim, if necessary.

Step 3: Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the table and let dry. Spray one to two light coats of latex primer onto the back side of the cut paper and let dry. Brush a second coat of Mod Podge on surface and apply the paper in small sections, working from one end to the other. Smooth any air bubbles, pressing outward from the center.

Step 4: Seal the tabletop with 5 to 10 thin coats of Mod Podge. Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes between coats. If your table will be used often, apply a clear acrylic sealer.

Originally published in the April 1, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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