Japanese style French Dining!

Ever since our childhood, we always had a habit of sitting on the floor while eating which is also an ancient culture for many Asian countries like India, Japan, China, etc. This practice not only brings the family together but also has many health benefits since you are sitting in a yoga posture (Sukhasana). We decided we want to have a low dining, but of course, it is so hard to find a low dining table in stores,. So we wanted to work on the transformation project.
Ever since I have seen Tissue decoupage projects on sweetpickins, I really wanted to try them. My sister had an old dining table that she bought from Ashley, and we wanted to transform this into her new house. We first looked up for some nice floral paper napkins that can give us some french appeal. So here is the list of things we shopped.

 

Before picture: This is how my dining table looked originally.

Step1: Restained the dining:

The espresso colored stain that we had on our dining table, i got so bored of it. i wanted to re-stain it.

We then removed the existing legs of our dining table and bought the legs available at Lowe’s and attached then the table

Step2: MAKE A PROTOTYPE

Make a design on adobephotoshop and see how the elements tie together.

Step3: PAINT THE TABLE

 

Start with painting the table with Annie sloan paris white.

Step4: IMAGE TRANSFER

Apply the decor transfer french image in the middle of the table and press it across the image with a credit card or something to put some pressure on it(I used wooden spoon which worked great rather than credit cards). Once you start seeing the image graying out as you rub on the image, that’s when you know the image has transferred to the table. So make sure that the entire image has grayed out and the slowly remove the top paper.

Step5: CUTTING THE NAPKINS

Starting cutting the flower napkins as per your design. I used a brush and water to cut the napkins. This is much easier than cutting the napkins with scissors. Try your placements on the table without applying the glue first to be sure about those placements.

Step6: STICK THE FLOWERS

Once you are satisfied with your dry run, apply modpodge and stick napkins cut outs on the table. Slowly with your fingers rub on the napkin for it to completely stick to table. I tried using the cling wrap to get rid of wrinkles but it backfired as the napkin got stuck to the wrap. So fingers are your best option. I used a few printout cuttings for parrot and peacock since the paper napkins did not have good size on them.

Step7: SANDING

Using the sanding block, i distressed the table. Then cleaned it up

Step8: APPLY MODGE PODGE

Apply modpodge to the entire table.

Step9: SEALING

Apply the poly acrylic(i used minwax polyacrylic) top coat sealer and you are done. Using polyurethane sealers will yellow the decoupage and the furniture. So using polyacrylic sealer for white or light colored furniture is better.

Tadaaan!!