Comic Decoupage Coffee Table with Eimear
I’m really excited to share with you a guest post from Eimear from Cute Travels (formerly Sparkle Side Up). Eimear is a super sweet gal with a love for Kawaii and all things cute. She’s upbeat, she’s fun and she’s travelled to places I’ve only dreamed of (can you say totally jealous :) Today she’s here at Dream a Little Bigger sharing her Comic Decoupage CoffeeTable tutorial with you. But first, let me allow this cute lady to introduce herself!
I’m Eimear, a twenty-something Irish chick living in Dublin. Ever since travelling to Japan, I’ve loved cute things. They make me smile so I want to surround myself with them. For me this can mean anything from making cute things for my home to travelling to the other side of the world to go to a cafe where all the food is kitty-themed and you can pet a scottish fold while enjoying it. It makes for an interesting life so I try to capture all of it on my blog, Cute Travels.
This project has been on my “To Make” list for a looong time. It took us a while to pick the perfect comic for it, as it needed to have the right colour balance. I wouldn’t recommend buying a comic online for this project as you will need to look through it in advance to get an idea of the tones (most comics we looked were brown/red toned overall). When we found the Moomin and the Comet in the Chester Beatty gift store, it was perfect. We have a few Moomin bits and pieces around the house and have been to the Moomin cafe in Japan. I finally got around to starting this project last night and surprisingly it was finished by this afternoon.
It was a quick enough project but parts were quite tedious (so much cutting and gluing). I have no patience though and usually find the process of crafting boring. I only do it because I love the finished result.
I bought the “LACK” coffee table from IKEA for €20 in Oak.
Then I asked off the sides and gave the top 3 or 4 coats of white melamine paint.
I cut out most of the pages of the book and laid them out. If you want to be able to read the story fluidly then you will have to buy two comics. I didn’t want to spend that much so I just got one. Moomin comics are weird enough that the story doesn’t make much less sense even if it’s missing every second page.
I glued them all down with PVA Glue and gave it a coat of varnish. I hope it will stand up to use, I will definitely be enforcing the coaster rule with it anyway!
Out of context, this picture looks like an actual page from the book, but nope, it’s my table! I’m very pleased with it :-)
Thanks so much, Eimear for sharing your cute table with us! And if you haven’t already, head on over to Cute Travels to check out How to Scrapbook Like a Boss in Japan, Soppy Octopus Couple Picture Frame (so cute!), Japan Themed Restaurant Reviews, Hong Kong Cat Cafe!