I’m covering a wooden table with paper. I’d like to add a very shiny or glossy coat on it. How do i do that?

Question by Amee: I’m covering a wooden table with paper. I’d like to add a very shiny or glossy coat on it. How do i do that?
It is one big sheet of paper , not really “decoupage”. I tried using polyurethane, but it soaks right in. I added a second coat and that soaks right in…
I’ve read about decoupage medium, lacquer, polyurethane, etc. What is the best route for me? I was thinkinng I need something to seal the paper, and then something else to actually add “gloss”…Please help! Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Mad Monki
Put on some Watered down PVA glue! (But not too Watered down!)

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • pencil says:

    First, iron the paper, so any moisture is absent and it lays 100% flat

    Place the paper onto the table top

    Cover it with a thin clear sheet (acetate) you bought from a large printing house. (roll it up before transit), to avoid any crimps)

    Then tape the sides, so the urethane can’t seep into the sides

    Now coat liberally with Polyuretane. Add coats after fully dry, to desired thickness

    Give points to the answerer that truly cared.

    PS – Be sure no flies or mosquitoes get trapped or you may be violating Federal law.

  • Evie W says:

    Try to do a sample piece with decoupage medium make sure to follow the directions on the bottle. look at the finished sample to decide if it is shiny enough you may have to coat a few times.

    Good Luck

  • B H says:

    Another option would be to have a glass top cut to fit the table top. Protection and gloss.

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