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Table revamped with pages from an old copy of 'Hamlet'
I decided my coffee table was far too boring, and I had two old copies of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' from when I was in 6th form, so I put the two together :)

It did take a while, but most of that was drying time in between coats of glue and varnish. The actual pasting pages took about 3 hours.

Posted by Calendula Rain from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom • Published See Calendula Rain's 6 projects »
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  • How to make a table. Shakespeare Decoupage Coffee Table - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take one boring table and sand it.

    I got bored of sanding because my table is made of that cheapy plastic-y wood, which was very difficult to sand,
    but the paper stuck to it anyways.

  • How to make a table. Shakespeare Decoupage Coffee Table - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take your pages, and arrange them over the table in a way you like.

    Mix PVA glue with water (50% of each).
    Then begin pasting the pages one by one on to the table. Smooth out the pages as you go to get rid of air bubbles.

  • How to make a table. Shakespeare Decoupage Coffee Table - Step 3
    Step 3

    When the whole table is covered leave to dry.

    Once dry, paste another coat of the PVA mix over the entire table. Leave to dry.
    Repeat two or three more times.

  • How to make a table. Shakespeare Decoupage Coffee Table - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once the glue is dry, paint on a coat of varnish. Leave to dry for a few hours (or however long it says on the tin), do several more coats this way, until you are happy with the finish. I have so far done about 6 coats, and still really need to do some more, but I'll leave that for another day.

    et voilá!

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
This looks absolutely amazing! Usually I hate tearing books apart unless they are completely falling apart but I think that I definitely would do this! I have a small side table that I made back in high school that I want to revamp and I think this is just the way to do it! Happy
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Julia L.
Julia L.
I bought a copy of Julius Caesar for my 7th grade class last year, and now I don't really need it anymore. I am trying to find ways to refurbish a dresser I have, and I think I will place the pages of it like you did on the drawers. Happy Thanks for the inspiration!
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