Decorate a Wooden Stool with Paper

Have a wooden stool that needs a makeover? I revamped an antique wood stool find with pretty paper and Mod Podge. It’s really EASY to do!

Happy spring, friends! I am sooo happy spring is finally here. It’s been such a long winter! And I especially love this floral paper I found at Dick Blick that reminds me of spring. I an definitely ready to craft with florals again!

I found this itty bitty wooden stool at an antique store a few years ago, and I am finally ready to give it a little makeover. Before we dig in, I wanted to give you some tips for preparing and decoupaging your wooden stool. These are my secrets to success so make sure to read them first!

Preparing Your Wood Stool for Decoupage

I have a complete guide on preparing furniture for decoupage, and in that article I get into the nitty gritty of getting something like a wood stool ready for Mod Podging. To give you the summary, you’re going to clean the dirt off, fill/sand any spots, and then paint it with acrylic paint if you like. This wooden stool was only cleaned up and the chipped looking surface was left as-is.

Adhering the Paper

On my floral DIY coat rack I used a very similar paper, and I’m suggesting you might use my spray bottle trick in this project as well. You’ll use a spray bottle to mist the paper before decoupage so that it is easier to apply with no wrinkles.

Mist the paper until it’s just wet. Don’t soak it or it will tear easily. After you mist the paper, then you can apply it with Mod Podge and I promise that it will smooth much easier! Be careful with the paper and treat it gently . . . but you can still use a brayer to smooth and you’ll be fine. Remember that with Mod Podge and paper, practice makes perfect!

Where to Buy Paper

I have two favorite places that I purchase paper – Paper Source and Dick Blick. They have absolutely beautiful papers that they call “gift wrap.” I guess technically you could use them as gift wrap, but all I see are papers I can use for decoupage! They are somewhat thicker than regular gift wrap which is why I like them (not to mention the beautiful patterns).

Are you ready to “beautify” your wood stool? Keep reading!

Decorate a Wooden Stool

  • Mod Podge Matte (Furniture Mod Podge is even better!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Patterned Paper or Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brayer or Plastic Scraper

To get started, first turn your wood stool upside down and trace your patterned paper.

Using scissors, cut your paper down to the correct size. I cut an extra 1/4 inch off each side so I had a little bit of space between the paper and the edge, but you can cut it the full length if that’s what you want!

Do keep in mind if you choose to wet the paper, you might have a little overlap over the edge. That’s because the paper expands a little bit when it’s wet. It won’t shrink back down once it’s Mod Podged so you may have to trim the edges with a craft knife.

Next, use your paintbrush and Mod Podge Matte to put a thin coat along the top of your step stool. Do the same on the backside of your patterned paper, and then place the paper on your stool.

Use a plastic scraper to smooth out the surface to get rid of any air bubbles.

Add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of your stool and allow it to fully dry. Add a second coat if desired.

Because I want this wood stool to be functional and not just for looks, I added about three coats to the top, waiting for the Mod Podge to dry between each coat.

I used a Matte Mod Podge, but you can definitely use a gloss if you want a nice sheen on your project! If you find that you are going to be particularly hard on your stool, I’d use several coats of an additional sealer like Minwax Polycrylic.

In most cases, Mod Podge is good enough as a final sealer (especially Furniture Mod Podge). The only issue if you think you’re going to spill on it or get dirt on it – then you might need something additional as a top coat for clean-ability.

That’s it! Super easy, and I love how my wood stool turned out! Such a lovely reminder of spring, don’tcha think?

My little wooden stool is now happily hanging out in my living room. I also use it in my pantry whenever I need to grab something just out of reach. It’s cute and functional!

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