Our table has been through some hard times and has been showing it lately. I have been wanting to do something to renew it. My family is filled with geeks and dorks who love superheros. What better way to make our family table more unique then to cover it in comics? We even put different heros in each person’s spot at the tale. This comic book table turned out to be a beautiful work of art. I did make a couple of mistakes but I learned from them and can now show you how not to do it.
- Comic books– We found a 25 pack variety of comic books.
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Heat gun
- Tarp or Cardboard
- Mixing Bucket
- Cut out comics. I tried to stick with action filled comics and the usual hero/villain poses. Also different sized cut outs are good. you could do all the same size if you wanted. I found that rather difficult to do with the comics I have, and thought it would look too regulated, too uniform.
- Sand down your surface. You want a coarse surface so that the glue in the mod podge binds well. While not completely necessary it seemed to work better than without sanding. (I played a little with my chairs too and experimented)
- Have a plan. It is good to have a general idea of how you want your table to look. I like the look of the comics overlapping so I didn’t have to lay them all out. If you want a certain pattern or
something though having a plan for where all your comics should go is a good idea. You could even go as far as to lay it all out before pasting.
- Start putting down mod podge. I used a bristle paint brush and I think that a foam brush would work better. When I started I put down too much mod podge. I was thinking it would be like paper mache. That is not the case. Use this stuff sparingly. While you will use quite a bit it will be done in layers. Too much at once and the paper will wrinkle. As you can see with Deadpool. With some finagling I found that the sweet spot was when it was still transparent. As soon as it became opaque I needed to spread it out. So first paint the table, then lay your comic where you want it then paint oven it. The corners are especially difficult. I cut little slits and overlapped a little at a time to smooth out the comic.
- A few more coats. I made sure the comics were completely covered by doing about three more coats. It also gave me the opportunity to fix little issues I didn’t notice before. The epoxy will get bubbles and you want a smooth surface so there is nothing for the bubbles to adhere to.
- Epoxy. Put something down under the table. This could be a tarp or some cardboard. Once you start pouring you want it to run off the side of the table so the edges are covered. I used a plastic bucket to mix equal portions of the resin and the hardener (some epoxy will have a different ratio please check instructions.). To avoid bubbles make a continuous pour. Once the whole table was covered I used a heat gun to pop bubbles and make a smooth surface. This video is a great tutorial. I suggest watching a few different videos if you have never used epoxy before.