Mod Podge Table Tutorial – DIY Project With Vintage Letters

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 9, 2014

Dagmar's Home: DIY Mod Podge table with vintage lettersI love how this decoupaged Mod Podge table turned out — I simply added vintage invoices to the top of it!

It was my first time using Mod Podge glue, the versatile glue you can use for so many different DIY projects. You can embellish boxes or frames or furniture with photographs or movie tickets, sheet music or stamps, old letters or postcards, scrapbook paper or stickers with the use of Mod Podge. Even fabric works.

I glued these vintage invoices with beautiful old-fashioned handwriting I had bought at an antique show to this little table from Don’s mom.

DIY Mod Podge table with vintage letters

I didn’t want to ruin the letters, so I just made photo copies of them first.

If you  have just one item you really love, you could make many photo copies of it and us that to cover an item. For ideas, take a look of  many free printables I’ve collected on my “printables” Pinterest board.

Supplies for the Mod Podge Table:

  • little side table (or other furniture piece)
  • Mod Podge glue
  • (foam) brush
  • scissors
  • vintage letters, book pages, sheet music, scrapbook pages, or similar
  • optional: X-Acto knife or needle, clear spray paint


Mod Podge Table Tutorial:

  1. Put down what you want to glue on your furniture piece and decide on the final design. It might help to take a quick picture with your iPhone for reference so you can remember your final design while you work on the table.
  2. Apply the first coat of Mod Podge to the top of the table and add your first piece of paper, making sure to avoid bubbles. Cover it with more glue. The glue might change the color of the pages a bit, as you can see in my case.
  3. I dipped my index finger into a little bit of glue and gently push out any air bubbles. After a couple of layers of paper, there were some trapped bubbles in the middle of my table, and I tried to release them by making small holes in the bubbles with the X-Acto knife. That worked for some bubbles, but not all. Next time I would put more glue onto the surface initially.
  4. Try not to push the glued-down items too much to avoid holes, or discolored or torn pieces.
  5. Once you glue everything you want to add to the table, let the first layer of Mod Podge dry for 20 minutes or more.
  6. Add additional layers of Mod Podge to the table — I added one more. To make sure the top of the table is durable for years, finish your project by applying clear spray paint.

I really like how this table turned out, and as you could see in my Blue Cottage House Tour, it gets a lot of use next to our sofa.

table with Mod Podge and vintage lettersI’m glad those 100-year old invoices have been preserved for a bit longer. They are certainly a nice conversation piece, and an unexpected accent on a table.

Have you used Mod Podge for DIY projects?

Linked up to Throwback Thursday and Bowl for of Lemons: One Project at a Time.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Florence June 28, 2016 at 10:40 AM

I totally love your table Dagmar! I have always wanted to try the vintage paper & Mod Podge application, so I think that’s in my future!


Dagmar Bleasdale June 30, 2016 at 1:28 AM

It’s a really easy project to do – have fun!


Diane Weeks April 28, 2015 at 9:48 PM

I love how your table turned out! I think I’ll try that soon. I have copies of handwritten letters by my grandmother that looks like ephemera, along with photos of my grandparents, that would be a fun and sentimental project. I just completed a project with Mod Podge by creating a framed cow print. Blessings, Diane


Tammy April 26, 2015 at 8:51 AM

Very cute! Thank you for sharing at share it One More Time … Tammy


Cathy December 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I love this! I love using book pages and other pages on my projects and this table is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


Dagmar Bleasdale December 29, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Thanks, Cathy!


lorraine williamson December 25, 2014 at 11:13 PM

love it I do mixed media art and furniture is something I’ve wanted to try painting thanks for sharing this tutorial visiting from weekend retreat have a great weekend


Dagmar Bleasdale December 29, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Thanks for coming by, Lorraine!


Quentin L. Obrien January 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Isn’t this vintage table top beautiful? I love the paper that was used for the top, it really adds a romantic element to the whole piece. It kind of makes me want to run out and find a pretty side table so I can duplicate this entire project. Oh, and they mention a great idea – using photocopies if you don’t want to use any of your older documents. So smart!


Ellen C January 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

What a great idea, I love how your table turned out!


Dagmar Bleasdale January 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

And it’s so easy to update a table with Mod Podge. Thanks for coming by!


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