DIY Comic Strip Table
What You Need
- a boring table
- sandpaper (and strong arms)
- mod podge
- something to get the bubbles out of your collage, like a spatula
- comic books you're willing to cut up
- glossy spray paint and sealer
What You Do
- Find a stupid boring table that you want to revamp. What I loved about the table we used was that it had multiple shelves, thus more surface area to cover in comics, however I'm not gonna lie, that made the whole process a lot more difficult. I suggest you pick something simple, but create a game plan for where you are going to put comics, and where you are going to put paint.
- Sand the table (yes, everywhere). This is the part that came be super irritating to do by hand but it's necessary to keep everything stuck to the table. Trick someone into helping you.
- Spray paint your table in the color you would like. We essentially painted the entire table because it was the easiest way to make sure all of the little nooks an crannies were covered, but obviously don't waste time painting the parts you know you for sure want covered in comics.
- Cut up your comics. I suggest picking a theme, such as one series and style of cutting and stick to it. We picked up a few new issues of The Walking Dead and decided to cut out entire frames. You could, however, get as wacky and random as you like (See: Comic Book Birdhouses my mom makes on ETSY.)
- Collage on your table! We developed a general idea by placing the pieces on the table dry, then removed them and began mod podging! The easiest way I think to do it is by dipping a paintbrush into the mod podge, "painting" onto the area you want the paper to go, setting the paper in place, smoothing it out with your smoothing tool, then painting more mod podge on top as you go (don't worry about the final top coat yet, just glue as you go---and be sure to keep a bowl of water and a towel nearby to clean off your paint brush every time, if you don't your brush will glue itself together and dry hard as a rock.)
- After you have completed your entire table, go through and add any final touches on the collage. If you haven't do so already (and it's necessary), cut off any paper that is hanging off of the side of your surface area, Mod podge the edges so their smooth.
- Next, we spray painted a layer of clear protective sealer over the entire table. This was mostly important for the painted areas, but we sprayed it everywhere (you may want to test an area first to be sure it's safe for your table).
- Lastly, we put a final coating of mod podge over all of the collaged surface, giving the table a nice glassy shine.
Ta da! There it is: the final product! Now we have a unique Walking Dead table where a boring table used to be. I hope you try and like this project, please contact me if you have any questions or share your successes!