How to Mod Podge Fabric Onto Furniture

by Shelby Winchell, Demand Media

    Give your furniture a new look by covering parts of it with your favorite pieces of fabric. Mod Podge is an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish. When applied correctly, this water-base, non-toxic product leaves wood surfaces looking as if the fabric is part of the original design. Create a one-of-a-kind look to match your room's decor. The finished product will look like you paid top dollar for a piece of furniture that cost only a few dollars to design.

    Step 1

    Wash, dry and iron the fabric pieces you are using to cover your furniture.

    Step 2

    Smooth the furniture's surface by either rubbing it with sand paper or using a hand-held sander. Wipe away any dust with a clean towel.

    Step 3

    Measure and cut your fabric to fit the area of furniture you are covering.

    Step 4

    Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the furniture surface then apply the fabric piece.

    Step 5

    Smooth the fabric out with your hands, eliminating any air bubbles. Quickly cut any excess fabric while the Mod Podge is still wet. Once it's dry, it's difficult to cut.

    Step 6

    Let the Mod Podge dry completely before applying a top coat. Drying times vary depending on how much Mod Podge you applied and the size of fabric you're using. On average, Mod Podge takes about 45 minutes to dry.

    Step 7

    Add at least two protective coats of Mod Podge over the fabric, allowing the first coat to dry before applying additional coats.

    Tips & Warnings

    • If the wood surface is unfinished, apply a base coat first before applying Mod Podge.

    About the Author

    Shelby Winchell has worked as a journalist for more than seven years, covering the economy, political figures and celebrities for various websites. She has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.

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