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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Chinoiserie Umbrella Stand

Hello again from The French Hens Nest!
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I bought an umbrella stand one day not sure if I really liked it.  It's red but the decoration is a little modern for me.  I've used it for about a year and every time I see it I am not really sure about it. 

It's okay, but not me.

One day while walking around the Museum of History, shop I saw these beautiful napkins and got the idea to decoupage the umbrella stand.


Such pretty detail...

 I gave the stand one coat of off white paint so the original detail would not show through the thin layer of the napkin.

I left the top and bottom detail of the stand since it is so pretty.

After separating the layers of napkin, I glued the napkins, one inch at a time, to the stand using Mod Podge.  I was not able to get a perfectly smooth application since the paper was so thin, but I kinda like the texture.  After completely covering the stand with the napkins, I gave it 3 coats of Mod Podge (you know the drill).  Finally I sprayed it with a couple coats of gloss polycrylic.
 Here is how it turned out...

Now I have a chinoiserie umbrella stand! I like it much better now. 

I would love to know your experiences with decoupage.  Please leave me a comment below...

Warmest wishes from Linda

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  1. I love to decoupage anything , I first did it back in like 1975 and still have my kids picture decoupaged on a wood plaque lol

    you did a fabulous job

    I just redressed an Caroler doll and used Mod Podge glue to put her lace clothing on the upper part of her body body , worked wonderfully

    love your umbrella stand and that staffordshire Dog

  2. Thank yoy Judy! I used to decoupage all the time but haven't in years. It was such fun. I saw some decoupaged plastic eggs I am going to try.

    I love the name of your blog! and your blog! You are a collector after my own heart.

    Have a blessed weekend.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  3. I think it turned out just gorgeous Linda - what a brilliant idea!!!

    1. Thanks Suzan! I'm loving it now. Thanks so much for visiting and especially for commenting.

      Have a great week.

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

  4. I had to do a double take! Just gorgeous, I love it.
    You did an amazing job.

  5. Thank you Patti. Now when I see pretty napkins, I think what can I cover!

    Have a beautiful evening.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  6. I adore the look of Chinoiserie. This is such a fantastic project, and the results are lovely. Thank you for sharing it. I wanted to invite you to join my How To Tuesday link party, if you haven't already joined . It would be wonderful to have you!


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    1. Thanks Cindy! I heading over to see what you're up to!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

  8. Wow, the napkins are to die for!!! You were very inspired to try this makeover and the umbrella stand turned out great!

    1. Thank you Meeha! Now I look for pretty napkins. Thanks for the visit and the sweet comment.

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

  9. Now that was very clever. Doesn't it look great!!
    Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

    1. Thank you Kerryane! Love your blog and party!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

  10. Hi Linda,
    I decoupage with napkins a lot but I usually cut pieces out. its quite hard to get large pieces smooth because as you know you can only brush them so much before they disintegrate! I think you did a great job. It turned out lovely. Thanks so much for joining us again at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs


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