Upcycle Project: Decoupage stool

before and after stool


You know when you go to Ikea and you write down the item number and you go and collect the item from aisle 12 loc 32 and you get home and open the box and realise you should have grabbed the box in loc 33 and now you’re stuck with a day-glo orange stool that is sooo horrible it makes your eyes bleed if you look at it for too long? No, just me then?

Well that’s what happened to me a while back.  I couldn’t be bothered to go back so I tried to live with it but honestly it was too horrible and I finally decided to do something about it.  I decided to get all retro on it and decoupage it.  It would help tone down the orange I thought, I least I hoped.


Decoupage is my new favourite thing to do. I’ve decoupaged little items- christmas decorations and trinkets for the tree but this was my first piece of furniture.  Well it was super easy and fast! From start to finish in under an hour- now that’s my kind of upcycle project!



This is honestly one of the easiest things I have ever done.

The low down

  • Make sure the stool is nice and clean.
  • Tear the decoupage tissue paper into the size you want- the more random the better.
  • ‘paint’ a bit of glue on the area you want to cover- working in small areas.
  • Place the tissue on the area and paint over with more glue.
  • Continue to do this until you’re satisfied with the way it looks.
  • Add a second and third coat of decoupage glue allowing each coat to dry completely.

as an optional step once it’s dried you can varnish it to seal it but I didn’t do this as I’m using the stool as a side table in our family room. I don’t think it’s going to see a huge amount of use.  If I see that we’re starting to use it a lot I will definitely seal it with varnish.


I also make my own decoupage glue. The ‘official’ decoupage glue is very pricey and after doing a bit of research I found that it’s basically watered down PVC glue.


Decoupage Glue

  • 3 parts PVC glue
  • 1 part water

Mix well and use immediately



  1. December 7, 2014 /

    Decoupage is great fun and I find it quite therapeutic – MOH can’t see the point in tearing up bits of paper and then basically sticking them back together again. I’m working on him… And definitely not worth re entering the Ikea building, these visits should always be kept to a minimum for purely sanity reasons! #homecorner
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