Turning Everyday Items into Home Décor Using Découpage

Don’t you just love decorating your home? But the real challenge is finding the perfect décor that fits your taste. That problem can easily be solved by making your own décor and you can even do this using your old everyday items that’s been stuck in your garage or stockroom for ages!

In today’s project, you’ll learn how to turn your everyday item into a beautiful Home Décor with the help of découpage! I’m going to use a cutting board for this project, and we are going to use the “iron on” method on a tissue or 10-pound découpage paper.


The reason why we use the “iron on” method for this découpage is because, a tissue or 10-pound paper is very thin, very fragile, and easy to crumple. If we use our traditional method, which is just flattening it with our hand or tool, there’s a chance that it will break.


The Products that I used are as follows:


Step 1 – Apply a single coat of paint in your project with a color that suits your découpage and let it dry. In my case I used “Drop Cloth” as my base color.

 Base paint on chopping board

Step 2 – Sand your project using abrasive. I use Surf Prep Rad Pad on any project that needed sanding because its super convenient and easy to use.

Abrasive on chopping board

Step 3 – Apply Topcoat. I used Clear Coat Satin for this project.

 Topcoat on cutting board

Step 4 – Let it dry or use a Heat gun to dry the topcoat quickly. In my case I used heat gun since I am recording live.

 Heat gun on cutting board

Step 5 – Place the découpage and put parchment paper at the top of the découpage to protect it from the iron.

 Decoupage on Cutting board

Parchment paper above decoupage

Step 6 – Iron above the parchment paper. You can use the same mini iron that I used or you can use a regular non-steam iron in this step. The heat will reactivate the topcoat and it will bond with the découpage. My Iron is set to 3 – 4, which is 280 – 327 degrees or about 300 degrees.

 Iron On method on decoupage

Step 7 – Use abrasive on the edges to cut the découpage evenly and easily. Surf Prep Rad Pads did the trick easily.

 Sanding the edges of cutting board

Step 8 – After the reactivated topcoat is dry, apply another layer of topcoat above the découpage.




Finish product

 Finish product Cutting board decoupage

This method can also be applied to any kind of project, so be sure to explore and don’t be afraid to use what you learned here to make your very own furniture art!

Watch the full video tutorial for this project here

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