Decoupage on Wood Furniture Tutorial

Hey creative friends! It’s Do from Do Dodson Designs! Let’s DO a little rice decoupage paper today on wood furniture. Get ready to be amazed!

I’ve used many different types of paper.  However, I’ve never used Rice Decoupage Paper! Today, I’m excited to share my experience with you! First, I chose a beautiful pattern called Pallet Wood Pattern!

Materials List:

Wood Furniture

Pallet Wood Pattern Decoupage


Chalk Mineral Paint (Tea RoseHoly GuacamoleCoffee Bean)

Mini Angle Paint Brush

Satin Clear Coat


Modern Iron Furniture Feet

How To:

Step 1:

First, to get the vintage look I wanted on this wood dresser, I chose three complementary colors of Chalk Mineral Paint that I thought would go nicely with this pallet wood pattern… and I was right. Creating the background for the rice paper was fun. Then, I randomly painted the wood dresser with all three colors overlapping the edges in spots and then sanded it back to distress.

Step 2:

My vision was for a vintage shabby chic look, like old wallpaper peeling away from the wall. You know the look… like it’s been there for 100 years. To get that look, I had to get creative and think outside of the box. So if you’re a purest and love clean lines, this is not your project. It’s going to get really messy up in here!

Step 3:

The surface you apply the rice paper decoupage needs to be clean and free of dust. So if you’re applying it to bare wood, you’ll want to clean it well first.

If you’re applying it over a painted surface, be sure that the paint had dried thoroughly. Always allow the paint to dry for a minimum of 48 hours in a controlled environment before applying paper. Maybe longer if you have painted multiple coats. I DO NOT recommend applying any paper products the same day to a painted surface, PERIOD! Paint dries from the surface and may feel dry to the touch, but water is still trapped below. It takes ample time to dry to a hard finish. Trust me on this one.

Step 4:

Next, apply a liberal amount of the satin clear coat over the wood with a good quality paintbrush. Apply the rice paper over the clear coat immediately after application. If you don’t get the correct placement you want, you can reposition the paper with a little finesse. You can gently slide it into position or lift the paper and reapply.

To read the rest of this beautiful tutorial, head on over to Do Dodson Designs here!

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  1. Regina says:

    Love the way you layered these colors. Great vision. Excited to learn you post here!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Regina! ?

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