Simple instructions on how to apply fabric to wood furniture

Renewing old furniture in your house by applying fabric on top of it to give it a new look can be problematic if you don't know the proper way to do it. While you might believe the procedure would involve only some paste to stick the fabric to the furniture, you actually need to learn how to prepare the furniture to prevent bubbles from appearing under the fabric while pressing it onto the furniture. You must use a special paste called Mod Podge, which contains no acids and does not damage your furniture.

Sand the wood on your furniture to make it as smooth as possible. This hides the fact that the furniture is aged.

Trace a template on newspaper of the area you would like to cover with fabric and cut it out of the newspaper.

Place the template on top of your fabric and trace around it with chalk. Cut to the dimensions laid out by the chalk on your fabric.

Apply a sheetlike layer of Mod Podge on the furniture where you would like to place the fabric.

Press the fabric onto your furniture and skim your hands over it to disperse all the bubbles you see.

Place a layer of Mod Podge on your fabric. Run a brush over it smoothly so that you do not leave trails, and allow it to dry slightly before applying another layer. Wait 24 hours for the furniture to dry out before you begin to furnish a room with it.

Things You'll Need

  • Mod Podge glue
  • Wood sander
  • Newspaper
  • Chalk
  • Brush
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Mikhail Polenin has been working with computers since 1997. His experience also expands to astrophysics, masonry, electricity and general appliance repair. He's written about various different subjects regarding astrophysics and electrical circuits for various online publications. Polenin attended the New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida.