There’s no doubt that superheroes are a big thing these days. Whether at the Box Office, in computer games or in the bookshops, the fandom is huge, and they haven’t stopped there, because right now there’s a superhero decoupage revolution taking place, and it might be happening in a bedroom near you.
Yes, as part of the up-cycling madness, people are decoupaging their old furniture by plastering superheroes on them – and let’s admit it, they look fabulous.
But how do you do it?
Here is a quick and easy guide to bring the superheroes home:
- PVA glue
- One sponge
- A paintbrush
- Clear Varnish
- Some fab comics
Wipe down your furniture, whether it’s a bedside cabinet, wardrobe or bookcase, it’s important that all dust particles and such other things are done away with before you begin.
Cut out the images you want to use. If you don’t have any comic books at hand, there’s no shame in printing off some of your favorite pictures from the internet and using those.
Arrange the pictures in a way and style that suits you. It’s worth testing out a few patterns first and making sure that you have enough material at hand to get the job done.
Here’s the messy part
Apply a very thin layer of glue to a small patch of the furniture and begin laying down your first images. It’s important to do this carefully so that you don’t get any wrinkles or air pockets underneath the images. If you find that you have used too much glue, you can use the sponge to dab away any excess.
Once that you have completely covered your furniture, leave it to dry for around six to 12 hours in a well ventilated room.
If you have any more images to add, or have saved your favorite ones for last, you can add these once that the furniture is completely dry. Unlike before however, it is best to glue the back of the image rather than the furniture itself. You can do this by dabbing a small amount of glue in the center of the image – leaving the edges dry.
Once that the furniture is dry again, it is time to varnish it! Using a paintbrush and a thin layer of varnish, you should be looking to introduce around four to 15 layers to ensure that it is well protected.
After each layer has dried, you can lightly sand the surface to make sure that it is satisfying to the touch. It’s important to remember that well used furniture, like chairs, will need more protection that most, so the need for a greater layer of varnish is important.