1. Should I sand it and paint it with something first? Just regular paint or stain? or primer?Painting is optional, if you like the look of the wood then you don't need to paint at all. If you do want to paint, then you only need to paint areas that will not be covered with decoupage. If you intend to only decoupage small er areas you might find it easier to just paint everything. I've always used regular craft acrylic paints.Stain would be nice but I don't know if that would cover the crayon.
You would need to sand off any crayon marks first. It may not be 100% necessary if you will cover the area with decoupage, but I still reccomend it.I also read this thread... would the process be similar or completely different?
There are some similarities, but pleny of differences too.2. Would paper or fabric be better? Suggestions on cutting the fabric, layout? Is there a certain weight of fabric or paper that is better? thinner, lighter, heavier, sturdier? I already have some quilting fabrics. Do I have to wash the fabric?
Light wieght is best in general, though you have to be careful that it lies flat. Paper is easier to work with than fabric.3. Should I take the table apart to do all this?
It deppends on wether or not you want to be able to take the table apart again in the future. I like the seamless finished look that one gets by doing it to the assembled item, and you don't need to worry about covering up peg holes and making it hard to reassemble. However if you do it to the assembled piece it would be very very hard to disassemble in the future if you wanted to.4. Can you help me make a supplies list? The about.com site has one but is that all I will need?
Sandpaper (if the table needs it, if the table is clean and unfinished skip)
Whatever water based
paint or stain you choose. Do not
use an oil based one.
Decoupage glue/top coat (I use Royal coat
as both th glue and finish)
steelwool (if you want a glossy finish)
paint brushs (they shouldn't be too nice b/c this tends to ruin good brushes)
fabric or paper
scissops or a craft knife (or you can tear paper)
a straight edge
A place for the table to dry (it takes time5. some fabrics I like:parisfloralclassyi actually bought this one for a custom mei tai that I haven't had made yetfrench wordsamy butler fabrics (a quilt pattern or just one fabric design?)amy butler paper?
They are all nice. What do your kids want?