This is a simple tutorial for adhering burlap (or any type of fabric) to furniture with Mod Podge. It’s a technique we’ve been using often lately because it’s such an easy way to add unique, pretty details to furniture.
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- Mod Podge. A larger container with a wide mouth like this one is easiest.
- Foam Brushes
- Burlap or Fabric. We’ve found almost all the fabric for our projects at JoAnn’s.
Before you get started, take your burlap outside and give it a good shake to get rid of some of the loose fibers, or use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum.
Cut the burlap to size.
Using a foam brush, apply a liberal layer of Mod Podge to the furniture surface. Firmly press the burlap into the Mod Podge. We often use an old credit card to scrape across the surface and ensure the fabric is fully adhered and pushed into any corners tightly. You can see how the Mod Podge soaked through the burlap in the photo below. It looks a bit white while it’s wet but it dries clear.
It’s important to note that after you apply Mod Podge to the burlap, it will sometimes shrink a tiny bit as it dries. For most projects you don’t have to worry about it, but if we’re working on a piece that needs the burlap to be a very specific size, we will sometimes cut it just a tad larger (1/4″ to 1/2″) than needed. Then when it’s almost completely dry we use an X-Acto knife to trim it so it fits perfectly.
Once it’s dry, put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the burlap to seal and protect it. The burlap will be very stiff when it’s completely dry.
And that’s all there is to it. This technique looks especially pretty on drawer fronts. We also found a couple end tables with a recessed top. We adhered burlap to the top then had glass cut to fit the opening. (We’ll be sharing those makeovers next week).
Here’s a couple photos of a dresser we did with burlap drawer fronts. (You can read the full tutorial here).
And here’s a sneak peak of one of the burlap and glass topped tables. Full tutorial coming next week.
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