I bought this cute writing desk from Target a couple of years back when I lived in a smaller apartment in the city. The one featured below is brown but mine was in black. The black worked at the time, but now in my new color scheme, I wanted it to be white. The desk’s new role would be a quick place to drop mail or keys or to write a quick grocery note while heading out the door.So first thing was first. Make it white! :) A few coats of white spray paint and VOILA!
But I wanted to add some character. Played around with painting in a pattern, or getting a funky glass top for it. And then I settled on something I absolutely love – decoupage! I had some fun old postcards that I thought would look neat, but I wasn’t loving that. Maybe a map? Nah. Not for this. While shopping at Home Goods, I came across this thick and satiny roll of wrapping paper. YES! The gray chevron pattern would look nice with my aqua/white/gray color scheme theme. And the pattern wasn’t too busy, just a friendly easy design that would still allow desk pieces to be in the spotlight.How to Decoupage a Desk With Wrapping Paper
• Mod Podge (used about a 1/4 of the bottle)
• Dense foam roller
• Wrapping paper you think is neat (Got mine at Home Goods)
• Xacto knife
• Brayer (for smoothing out bubbles)
• Acrylic Polyurethane
Let’s Mod Podge this thing up!
Sorry I didn’t take any “during” photos, but it’s really rather easy.
1. Cut the paper about 2-3 inches bigger than your desk top. ALTERNATE IDEA: You could cut it even bigger and wrap it around the edges for a completely different look. Just carries the pattern all the way around the top.
2. Roll a good even amount of Mod Podge onto the desk’s surface.3. Place your paper on the desk top (be patient, it can drive you nuts)4. Use your brayer to smooth out all the bubbles. A sponge can help, too!
5. Use your Xacto knife (make sure it’s new and sharp) to trim the edges off. TIP! I held the paper taught with one hand and with the Xacto knife, I just let it guide me down along the edge of the desk. Super clean edge.
6. Apply another thin even coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper.
7. After it is completely dry, apply a thin even coat of polyurethane to seal it all up.
8. Start regular use after about 24 hours of drying time.
My desk sits by the front door and near the doggie beds so it’s the perfect place for their happy jar of treats and the daily journal my pet sitter writes in when she visits. Instead of crouching over the counter to jot me a note, she can take a seat and take her time to tell me how wonderful the pooches have been. Most of the time. I really like how the chevron design is just a pretty not-in-your-face accent. By the way, the books on my desk are two of my favorite dog books and the photo is a picture of my dad and my childhood dog on one of their last walks together. <sniffle> <sniffle> <smile>
Have you ever decoupaged something? What was it and how did it turn out? Ever tackle a desk top like this? Careful, decoupaging can be addicting. I’m already eyeballing some stuff around the house that could look handsome clothed in wrapping paper. You’ve been warned!