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mod podge outdoor table {a tutorial}

mod podged outdoor table

Hello and Happy Monday! Ready for a true confession, dear readers? Here it goes-I’m done with Winter, and ready for Spring. We’ve had our snow, which was pretty and all, but now I’m gearing up for warmer weather, flip flops, and yummy iced coffees.

So I wanted to share an outdoor space spruce-up with you this morning! As you’ll see in the following images, I had a small outdoor table in desperate need of a makeover. To the rescue? A gorgeous piece of wrapping paper and Mod Podge Outdoor. Let’s get started:

Mod Podge Outdoor
wooden table top
scrapbook paper or wrapping paper

foam brush

A note about Outdoor Mod Podge: As Amy explains in her FAQ page, Outdoor Mod Podge is very durable and water-resistant, but not completely waterproof. If you want to make your project waterproof, She recommends using a clear, outdoor (or Enamel) acrylic sealer when your project is complete.

mod podge outdoor table

Step 1: Here’s my “before” image….basically, we found the iron frame at a thrift shop. I spray painted it (if you know me at all, that’s no surprise!), and had my husband cut a piece of wood to fit.

mod podge outdoor table

The first thing I did was take my wooden top and coat it with Mod Podge Outdoor. I took my piece of wrapping paper (found at my local Papyrus store-isn’t it lovely?), and lay it across the top, smoothing it out with a credit card to make sure there were no air bubbles. Flip it over on a flat surface, and fold up the two ends and Mod Podge them down to the wood.

mod podge outdoor table

Step 2: This is a bit tricky to explain, and I wasn’t even sure how I was going to handle the edges before I started. Basically, I just folded each corner like I would wrap a gift, and Mod Podged it all in place.

mod podge outdoor table

Step 3: Once completely dry, seal it with 3 coats of Mod Podge. I normally only do two coats, but really wanted this to be well sealed! After that was dry, I used a clear sealer by Minwax to waterproof it.

mod podge outdoor table

So what do you think?! Personally, I love how this turned out, and the turquoise and navy glittery wrapping paper adds some much-needed fun and sparkle to my back porch.

What projects are on your list to tackle before Spring arrives?


Wednesday 9th of April 2014

Thanks so much for visiting (and commenting)! You have a great blog!! And, looking at one of your recent posts, we have the same taste in books (MUST read "what matters in Jane Austen"!!) xoxo

Ginger - Just One of the Boys

Wednesday 9th of April 2014

What a fabulous idea! It looks like an uber expensive boutique piece! I've never played around with outdoor Mod Podge, but now I can't wait! I'm visiting from seeing your project on Better After. :) Can't wait to check out more of your lovely blog! :)

Audra @ Renewed Projects

Wednesday 26th of February 2014

Found you via Roadkill Rescue. This is absolutely beautiful! Didn't know there was an outdoor version of Mod Podge. Glad to learn something new. :)