Mod Podge Furniture is a new formula in a line of recent releases. It comes in three finishes, gloss, matte, and satin. It can be used to decoupage and seal decorations (paper and fabric) onto furniture pieces. It can be applied in the same way as other Mod Podge formulas, but must cure for 4 weeks before the furniture piece can be regularly used. For this review, I’m going to compare the different finishes to those of the general use formulas. I gave two nightstands a major makeover, using two of the finishes, to test out how they work in comparison to their original formulas.
Description taken from packaging
Do not shake. Store at room temperature. Apply with brush or sponge applicator. Close container after each use. Clean up while wet with soap and water. Let cure 4 weeks. Once cured, surface may be cleaned with damp cloth.
Glue: Apply to back of paper or fabric, then position on surface. Smooth out air bubbles from the center out, let dry.
Smooth Satin Finish: After gluing cut-outs, let dry 2 hours. Apply 2 thin coats over entire surface. Dry 1 hour between coats.
Build-up Finish: Apply at least 5 coats, dry 1 hour between coats. Wet sand with 400# sandpaper until smooth. Wipe dry. Polish with #0000 steel wool. Wipe with damp cloth. If desired, apply more coats, wet sand again.
The product is the same white color when wet and clear when dry, as many of the other formulas. This is a look into the Satin bottle.
The bottle tops are labeled and color coded, to indicate which formulas and finishes they are. This is fantastic for quickly grabbing the correct one out of a box or drawer. I hope this is something all all the formulas get soon!
It comes in three finishes, Matte, Satin and Gloss. The swatch below is in that order. You will notice that there isn’t much of a difference between the matte and satin, since the matte does have a luster to it. The gloss is shiny, but not as shiny as original gloss.
I was brainstorming how to use the Mod Podge Furniture formula on a piece of furniture I had. It took a few weeks before it dawned on me that I had two dated matching nightstands in needs of a makeover. The silver nightstand uses Mod Podge Furniture in Gloss. The black one uses with Mod Podge Furniture in Matte.
I found that the Gloss wasn’t as shiny as the original formula. I often use the original formula with to glue and seal glitter. This however left the glitter looking dull in some areas, as the shine wasn’t as high as the original formula. It did a decent job of gluing and sealing the glitter otherwise, so the strength of the formula is fine. I used multiple coats to seal the layers and see if that increased the shine. Everything is well adhered, but the shine didn’t increase. I glued silver wrapping paper to the tops, sealed them, added a 2nd coat, sprinkled on glitters, and sealed that all with 2-3 coats. This all took about half a bottle, to give you a idea of how much you would need.
For the black nightstand, I found the matte wasn’t matte enough. It has a low shine much like the satin finish does. I wish it was possible to have a truly matte finish, as that would have helped the faux leather treatment look more realistic. I painted the legs with black acrylic paint. After that had dried, I sealed them with the matte finish. To my surprise, the paint started disintegrating. I’ve used the original formula to seal various paper and wood project and have had this happen. That’s very concerning. I didn’t test this with the silver nightstand, as I liked the contrast of the true matte finish of the unsealed acrylic against the shiny silver. This nightstand also took about half a bottle.
- The papers adhered well to the wood
- The surface isn’t sticky like the original formulas
- There is no unusual odor. It smells like normal glue
- Comes in three finishes
- You can also use this product to adhere fabric to furniture
- The bottles are large enough where you can complete a few medium sized projects
- You can build up the top coats and wet sand them if needed
- The bottle tops are labeled with formula and finish information, for easy finding
- The finish isn’t the same as the original formulas
- Sealing painted wood has flaws, so perhaps it’s best to use it for adhering paper and fabric instead
- It’s pricier than normal Mod Podge (I suggest using an in-store coupon if possible)
- You will need multiple bottles for a large project
- You need 2-3 top coats to ensure durability
- Must let coats dry an hour in between application
- It takes 4 weeks to fully cure before you can clean it
Mod Podge Furniture is available in 16 oz bottles in Matte, Satin, and Gloss. It retails for $14.99 at most stores, though I’ve seen it for less and more at online and in store retailers. If you are doing a large project, consider buying multiple bottles of the same formula. Though the finish variance is obvious, the product does adhere paper to wood nicely. If you want to test this on metal or glass, make sure you clean those surfaces 1st to remove any dirt and oil. This will help with strong adhesion. Which piece of furniture do you have that needs a makeover?
DISCLOSURE: Craft Test Dummies provided me with the Mod Podge Furniture formulas for the purpose of a review and projects. All photos, commentary, and projects are my own.
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