How to use mod podge – a beginner’s story

I hope I don’t break the internet but it’s confession time.

I’ve never used Mod Podge before, before this project that is! Scandalous!

Really and truly… I can use all the power tools, I can build stuff with the best of them, not much intimidates me when it comes to modifying and building and troubleshooting. Why am I telling you all of this? When this month’s #12monthsOfDIY challenge popped up on my calendar, the words Mod Podge hit me. What the heck kind of project will I do with Mod Podge? I had NO clue and in all honesty I was intimidated by it.

Let’s start at the beginning shall we? Every month I join in with an amazingly talented group of Canadian bloggy friends, we all test our selves  to DIY with something fun, challenging and new.

You can join in on the fun too, we are also running this #12MonthsOfDIY on Instagram… Pop on over to Instagram you can show us your awesome projects. Combined we have over 150k followers, all 12 of us will feature our favourite project (yours) there. It’s been so fun to see all of the unique projects, thank you to those of you who are playing along every month, so much inspiration!

This whole process has been a ton of fun, I’ve made some projects I am really proud of and best of all I’ve made some really great friends!

Here are the projects so far:

January – Mason Jars

February – Fabric

March – Wood

April – Thrift Store

And May’s challenge….

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Back to the challenge that is Mod Podge. Like I was saying this one really intimidated me, but like everything I do I jumped right in.

This is what I did know, I wanted to create a piece of art for our Master Bedroom… THE project that would not end. You haven’t heard me talk about our Master before?  We’ve been working on that room for over a year now, if you’d like you can see what our plan is for our upstairs bedroom, have a peek here. I am happy to report that we only have one large project left to do, then we will do the big reveal! I can hardly believe it as I type this. I’m pretty excited with how the last project we did  for our room turned out, we repurposed an antique baker’s rack, yep you read that right… for the bedroom. I promise, nothing kinky! 😉 If you’d like to see how that turned out you can have a peek here. Spoiler alert, you’ll also see my mod podge project there too.

Back to a piece of art for the bedroom…  I really wanted to use what I had on hand so this is what I gathered:

Mod – podge – (Matt) supplied from our friends over at Plaid – Thanks to them I have concurred my fear! Whoop!

A black Ikea frame 16 x 20

Vintage music sheets

Pre-cut mats – 1 ~ 16 x 20 and 1 ~ 5 x 7

What I used:

Cutting mat

Exacto knife

Foam & bristled brushes (to “paint” on the mod podge) I went back and forth with these two brushes.

1 The frame I used needed some painting, I spray painted it with some extra gold/bronze metallic paint I had in my stash. In the process of this project I broke the glass… but that’s okay, because Mod Podge saved the day.

2 Pick the “art” you would like to mod podge, I used vintage music sheets… I ending up not using the music note side of the music sheet but I fell for the lyric’s side of the music sheet from a song called, “The trail that leads to home”.

For those of you that follow me know that Mr. Mans is a military man… that means he’s been away a lot, we calculated one time with all of his combined tours of duty he’s been gone for 5 years. This song, or poem really jumped out at me and said this is US, this has to be in our bedroom. When I started this project I knew I wanted art for our bedroom, I just didn’t know how much meaning that art would end up having!

Mod Podge beginner project VIn'yet Etc.

How I made our new art:

1 Measure and center your art piece onto the frame backing.

2 Pour a generous amount of mod podge onto your frame backing.

3 “Paint” the frame backing with mod podge.

4 Center your art on the frame backing on top of your painted mod podge.

5 Press down with the palm of your hand and smooth (don’t worry you can reposition as needed if it moves – you have a bit time before it dries).

6 Once you are happy that your image is centered and straight pour some mod podge on top of the image (yes right on top).

7 I painted and swirled my fingers over the entire image, some bubbles started to form, but again you have a bit of time before this dries, just work the bubbles out with your fingers. I ended up stippling the bristled brush in the mod podge, I liked the texture it was giving the finish.

8 Once you are happy with the coverage (don’t be shy with it) leave it and let it dry.

Mod Podge beginner - steps | Vin'yet Etc.

***Some concerns I had through this process if you too have never used mod podge; the image/poem I used started to develop dark patches in various areas… I wasn’t too happy with that, but decided to wait that out. I’m glad I did because they completely disappeared.*** Phew!

While that was drying (with one eye on it at all times – because I was still suspicious – could it really be this easy?) I started to assemble the painted picture frame and the mats. Another learning curve… Ikea frames aren’t compatible with some store bought mats. No worries, I cut it to fit. “pro” tip… when cutting your mat use a very sharp blade, a straight edge and score. You don’t need to cut it all in one cut, keep scoring and the knife will cut through all of the layers of the mat, just use a light pressure, going over and over the same spot against a straight edge. You will get a crisp straight cut doing it this way.

Score frame matting to cut Vin'yet Etc.

Once the mat is cut and your art is dry, assemble your new art piece.

1 Turn your mats upside down to tape them together if using a double mat look for your project, like I did. Center the upside down mats on your art to make sure everything lines up.

2 Turn them right side up to double check your art is centered and tape the edges of your double mats to your frame backing.

3 Place your matted art into your frame and fold the tabs over on the back to hold everything securely. (I may have used a butter knife – this is a very technical tool, a must have for any tool box).

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Then it’s time to hang your new art piece. One more “pro” tip

When you are hanging art above something, like a couch or in this case a baker’s rack,  I always use the span of my thumb and pinky finger as a measurement, this span is typically 6″ – 7″ for everyone – (go ahead check) and this is the desired space or a rule of thumb (no pun intended) when hanging something above your furniture. I do this for almost everything I hang above furniture, but there are cases where I want a different look and feel and well, I’ll throw this tip out the window. 😉

How to use Mod Podge - a beginners story Vin'yet Etc.

I didn’t need to be as intimidated of mod podge at all, it was super easy to use and the finish was exactly what I wanted. I’m really happy with how this simple little project turned out and I will for sure use mod podge again!

How to use Mod Podge - a beginners story Vin'yet Etc.

Now, lets have a peek at the rest of the DIY Mod Podge project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

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From the top left, they are:

How To Use Mod Podge – A Beginner’s Story from Vin’yet Etc. Hey that’s me!

Painted Florals on Glassware from PMQ for Two

Geometric Pineapple Art from Life Is A Party

DIY “Home” Wood Sign from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover Using Vintage Book Pages from Woman in Real Life

Handy DIY Two Month Receipt Organizer from Time with Thea

Decoupage Foot Stool from Fresh Crush

Make Lace Decoupaged Garden Containers from The DIY Mommy

Paper Flower Lamp Shade from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Easily Upcycled Photo Frames from Sustain My Craft Habit

Kate Spade-Inspired Mug from Mommyzoid

Window Map Art from New House New Home

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by, Plaid. As always, all of the opinions here are my very own and I only recommend companies that I love and use myself.

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Repurposed antique bakers rack

I’m pretty excited to be teaming up with some new friends… Not just any friends though, new Farmhouse friends. We will be getting together every now and again to share some special farmhouse projects with you. I know you will enjoy our different interpretations on farmhouse style… make sure to check out the complete list of friends here at the end of this blog post.

You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook… check out the hashtag #FarmhouseFriends and enjoy all of the FH eye candy!

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Not only am I excited to be joining in with my new friends, I’m pretty over the moon to be featuring my repurposed antique baker’s rack!

I bought this antique baker’s rack a few months back… I bought it for our pantry, envisioned it beautifully organized with pantry type stuff on there, some fancy linens with beautiful ironstone dishes, some major farmhouse deliciousness… logical right? Well as things would have it around here, logic went right out the window!

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To put it mildly it was a challenge to keep it tidy… what ended up happening was someone (not naming names) would just toss random pots & pans and just pan tops there! Somehow even plastic containers ended up on the baker’s rack! I mean seriously… it’s an ANTIQUE baker’s rack for goodness sakes. I even found a bag of forgotten apples there one time, NOT pretty! Do I sound bitter? I was a little at first maybe, but sometimes most times things just work the way they were supposed to, yay for happy accidents!

I realized that keeping the rack in the pantry was a loosing battle and it bummed me out, until I decided to put it in our master bedroom! Off my rocker? Maybe! I’ll let you decide.

Our master bedroom has been an ongoing project… it’s been in the works for over a year now, you can check out the plan post here… we are almost done, after this project I have one large project left to do, then we will be doing the big reveal, I can’t wait!!!!

Moving the baker’s rack upstairs to the bedroom lit a fire under my butt to finally refinish it, I’m really happy with how it turned out and I’m thrilled to be sharing this repurpose with you and my new Farmhouse friends.

Steps to refinish an antique bakers rack.

1. Make sure the baker’s rack is clean, we used our pressure washer and that took all of the dirt off… but a scrub brush and a hose should do the trick too if you don’t have a pressure washer.

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2. Assess the entire rack, this baker’s rack had a few spindles that were broken and the top section was a mess, there were no castors with this rack either, so I decided to make the whole thing shorter by one level and use the good spindles as replacements for the broken ones.

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3. It’s always a little hard for me to cut into an antique piece, but… with all of the damage, I knew I had to make this farmhouse baker’s rack sturdy. Once I decided to cut the top level off, I went to the next level and measured from there. I used the second level end brace and measured up an inch in each corner. Make sure your jig saw has sharp blades then cut where you marked.

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3. Once all of the cutting is done, use a foam sanding pad and go over every inch… washing it with the power washer will raise all of the wood grain, sanding will make it smooth again. It’s not as bad as it sounds… a fast sand with a foam sanding pad will do the trick. Add your castors… I was so in love with these castors that I didn’t even mind that the metal plate hung over a bit… you can’t see that now and really it’s not a full on bakers rack that needs heavy duty wheels… if I do someday decide that this needs to be in a pantry, I will change out the wheels. Once the wheels were installed, I used an antiquing oil. I used Minwax antique oil, tung oil would work great too!

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That’s about it, pretty simple actually… I let it dry for 48 hours, I wanted to make sure no oil residue would come off on any of the goodies I was about to put on this rack. Now on to the fun part, the reveal.

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She looks like she was made for a bedroom! A place for extra pillows (okay really just an excuse to buy more pillows), whoop! Maybe the way Mr. Mans feels about pillows will change now that there is somewhere so awesome to put them!? 😉

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Thanks so much for joining us on our #FarmhouseFriends launch… you’ll be seeing so many more good projects to come, make sure you stay tuned! :)

Check out each blogger’s project below!

Angie @ Knick of Time

Susan @ Love of Home

Julie @ Love My Simple Home

Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

Paula @ Sweat Pea

Tammy @ One More Time Events

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

Kim@ Hunt and Host

Tricia @ Suburban Bitches

Amy @ My Life From Home

Visit hashtag #FarmhouseFriends on social media as well!

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$180 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Drum roll please… We have a winner of the $180.00 Amazon gift card giveaway!!! Entry # 6867 won the giveaway! Out of #15093 total entries! Thanks to all of the 15093 people that entered, unfortunately only one can win —-> Soha Molina, check your e-mail & congratulations from all of us!!! Home & Garden Tools […]

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Weekend recap

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Happy Monday everyone! Is that really ever true, is Monday ever a happy day? I’ve decided to extend my wonderful weekend a little further to make my own Monday happier, if you’ll indulge me I’d like to recap this past 2 days with pictures and some reflection. After some lovely gifts and lots of love […]

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 2/3

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Welcome to part 2 of this 3 part series, the second industrial desk is built and I must say that we are all very happy with how it turned out! Our audio student had some design elements that he wanted incorporated into the second desk, I think we met all of his needs. This post […]

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Project ~ Summer Kitchen

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What is a summer kitchen? Before moving into our 1854 farm house I had no idea what it was, I certainly would have never guessed that it was considered a luxury if a home had a summer kitchen. In reality all this wide open room had going for it was the fact that the cooking […]

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DIY ~ Influenced by…

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There are so many influences and inspirations out there… this series will be dedicated to what makes me want to give it a go… add my own spin. ~ This “influenced by” is from Sow & Dipity, you can find her blog HERE. She’s a real sweetie, her name is Shelly… you should check out […]

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 1/3

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Happy Birthday Munk! Munker, is the nickname we gave to our baby boy Michael, “baby” is a relative term today because he’s 6′-4″ and not much of a baby any more! :’) Our “baby” just turned 23 on March 20th – I can’t even believe it! Time is a bitter sweet thing… As a young […]

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DIY ~ influenced by…

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Since I’ve been blogging (a month and a bit), I’ve been extremely influenced by the creativity out there… inspired enough to do my own version of what they did, call it copying, doing a knock-off or I’ve even heard the term slagging… regardless, I felt inspired enough to get off my butt and try some […]

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Tin Barn Market

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“Create. Re-purpose. Re-invent. LOVE again.” This concept isn’t new, it isn’t something we haven’t heard before… so what makes this shop “blog-worthy”? The two very inspirational women that own this shop are what make this “blog-worthy”!!! Oh don’t get me wrong, the “market” is full of different, eclectic hand picked items that make any kindred […]

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Confessions of a Newbie…

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It’s been one month exactly since I became a blogger! Happy anniversary to us! Over 3 1/2 months since I’ve felt this way… So why am I feeling so blah? Why the heck am I waking up in the middle of the night with self doubt! I have nothing to stress about, my family is […]

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DIY clock

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My love of re-purposing and antiques, added to that a slight obsession with clocks, (alright “slight” may be an understatement) a full blown fixation is more like it! This DIY is gonna be awesome! 😀 A clock made out of an antique stovepipe collar…what? Yep, I’ve seen these pipe surrounds used many different ways. Some […]

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My Catch # 4

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Metropolis Living, my 4th and final stop on what I am touting as my dream day! In my last post I said I was saving the best until last… What I mean by that is, while all of the places were awesome & amazing, for me personally this place was the cherry on top of […]

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Our first DIY

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Hi There… This is our very first DIY post and it’s kind of terrifying. SO many good blogs out there, how do we make this one our very own? Jump in both feet, be yourself… The only way we know how. This post is dedicated to a very good friend of ours, Dwight. He has […]

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My Catch #3

Jaws Antiques

My 3rd stop of the day was just down the street, no moving of the car! Awesome!!! Jaws Antiques… Interesting name! I had read some reviews on this place and was excited to get some deals… The contrast from my last stop to this place was evident right away! It was packed with everything from […]

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My Catch #2

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Driving into the heart of the city I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done city driving, I’m good to go, right? Well there is a lot of negativity out there ref Toronto driving, I must admit I was a little anxious… I am happy to report though that not one bad thing happened, […]

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My Catch #1

The salvage-shop

Hey there, as some of you may know I had a pretty huge adventure on Saturday! While Bud was at the car show in Toronto (boring), I went hunting! And yes my eyes were WAY bigger than my budget (of course-I wanted everything) and even the amount of time in the day wasn’t enough! It’s […]

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Happy Hunting!

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“Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”. Okay maybe not wabbits per say, but goodies… I’ll be cruzin’ vintage, antique and loveliness this coming weekend! This is my first hunting trip, I’ll be hitting up 8 stores in the Toronto area! My eyes may be way bigger than my pocket book, or my comfortable shoes […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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This is our first post, thought I would launch the site with a Valentine tribute to my Mr. Mans… June 17th, 1989, our wedding day… Keep in mind this was the 80’s and poofy was the style! 😉 Kissing my husband for the first time! Our first dance as husband and wife! xo Awwww, so […]

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