I had an old box I used for crocheting hooks, needles, etc. I decided to give it a new look and to decoupage it.
The first step is (as always) to use some sandpaper and even it up a bit. BTW, I have started a new squido lens http://www.squidoo.com/decoupage-tips and you can find some decoupage tips there.
Then I repainted the box just once. I was already painted with the golden paint. I wanted it to be in sort of shabby chic style. So, I painted it just once.
Now, I tried various ways of applying napkins to the surfaces. Here is one that works better for me. Once the pain dries up, I take a brush and rub a bit of transparent wood polish onto the surface. I put just enough to wet it a bit. Then I stick the napkin on it and carefully get all or most of the air bubbles out.
When the napkin gets well adjusted to the surface, I use more polish to cover it up. Then I polish the entire surface and let it try.
I apply polish several times, letting it dry up every time. That’s my simple decoupage how to for this box.