Decoupage Desk

About 15 years ago I bought a little black desk for $35. Since that time, it’s been painted a couple different colors … mainly because I was never satisfied with it. But now, I think that’s all changed. I think my little desk has finally discovered who it was meant to be.

This is the after photo.
In this picture, it doesn’t look too different from the before photo …
It was worn, tired and dirty.
Enter a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and script paper.
I started with a coat of ASCP in Old Ochre.
A little distressing and script paper were added.
The top got a little script paper and decoupaging, too.
Half the fun was arranging the script paper.
The top of the desk is divided in three sections.
I love the pop of blue on the desk.
The color is similar to Duck Egg Blue, which is on my dining chairs in the next room.
The blue and cream script paper is from Michael’s.
I found the French crown graphic online (don’t remember where).
After painting, I brushed Mod Podge onto the decoupage area, and then laid the papers.
I find thicker paper doesn’t bubble up like thin paper and is easier to work with.
(Those are Puddy’s feet in the upper right.)
Once the paper was laid, I brushed a coat of Matte Mod Podge on top of the paper.
Then I applied Annie Sloan Clear Wax on the painted surface only.
Of course, Puddy had to take advantage of another photo opp.
Once the Mod Podge dried, the hardware was put back on.
All in all, this was a fun project.
I did a similar project with end tables using book pages. Click here to see it.
I got a little carried away taking photos.
For the longest time I wanted to get rid of this desk but hung onto it for whatever reason.
Today is the first day I really like this desk.
I think I’ll keep her for awhile longer.
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Comments

  1. Beautiful makeover! Love the script paper.

  2. I love the way this looks now! Wonderful idea with the script paper. A word of caution, if you don’t seal the modge podge, be careful not to put anything on it that is wet or sweats (like a glass), it will get sticky. Or at least it did for me. I put a clear coat sealer on top.

    Holly

  3. I love it and the paper on top is such a great addition.

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    Wow, Awesome job, I love it. I went through this phase about 3 years ago, where I did a ton of craft projects with vintage book pages, I will have to repost this to my new blog sometime soon. There is nothing more pretty than black and white to me! I think you are very talented!!
    xoxo
    Michelle

  5. I love it, you did a great job with the script paper. Great stuff!

  6. Hello little desk, glad you discovered who you should be.

    Bliss

  7. It looks amazing. Love the pops of blue and the script paper is perfect!

    XO

  8. Wow, your desk is beautiful! I’m itching to try chalk paint! I love the soft wax finish.

  9. Hi Jennifer,

    Your desk redo is fantastic, the script is just perfect for a desk!

    Kindredly Lynnie

  10. Your desk looks amazing! wonderful job!
    I’m in the middle of a desk makeover and I had a rough vision of what I was going to do and now I see this and you’ve got me re-thinking it….hmmm…

    ~cathy

  11. I love it mom! Especially w the cute different jars on to! Great job!! You’re becoming so crafty these days..something I need to learn

  12. Looks like a keeper to me! I love what you did with the script paper!

  13. Now your desk look lovely and a cute cat.

    Hugs
    Elna

  14. I love this desk! What a beautiful job you did on it. Love the script added to it.

  15. I love what you did with your desk. The script paper was a fun idea and I love the pop of blue. I have a desk that would look so much better with this fun makeover.

  16. Love it – what a fun transformation!
    Kelly

  17. How beautiful!!! I would love a desk like this…you did a fabulous job.

    Love the pics of Puddy!

    Have a blessed week!
    Aledia

  18. I love it!!!

  19. I love this. I’m going to try this on a dresser I bought,

  20. I like the colors and the script paper~its not too trendy, it looks really pretty! Saw this at Nitas!

  21. its a beauty i love it great job

  22. This is a beautiful desk–you have excellent taste, the script paper makes it elegant and it looks timeless.

    I found you through COM

  23. I just love this it is so pretty. What a great job. I like the script paper.

  24. it looks so beautiful and romantic!

  25. Thank you for sharing this – I was very inspired and impressed. Now I am looking at the old table in the shed and wondering.

  26. Lovely desk, you did an awesome job on it. Love the effect of the script paper. Pat yourself on the back, Girl!!

  27. What a wonderful desk. The script drawer fronts are so cute, but when I saw the top, oh my heart skipped a beat! You did a wonderful job.

    Have a great day.

  28. I do think you got it right this time around. The desk is perfect! Cute kitty, too. ~ Maureen

  29. This is so beautiful. I would love for you to drop by My Dream Canvas as well 🙂 I’m visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays. Really like your blog.

  30. Simply beautiful! What a great idea.

  31. What beautiful work! your desk is lovely 🙂

  32. Completely lovely look! You did a fabulous job! I’m a new follower 🙂

  33. Beautiful transformation, Jennifer! Love the script paper ~ I always make sure I have some on hand. I love how you did the top, too.

  34. Love how you transformed this into a real beauty…especially with the touches of blue script paper. Well done! I’m visiting from French Country Cottage
    x Kerry

  35. I am in love with this desk – oh my!
    I would love for you to come by and link this up to my party happening now!
    I would love to see you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

  36. I am madly in looooove with your desk makeover!! The addition of the script is just so, so, pretty!!

  37. This desk is simply gorgeous!
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  38. Your desk is just lovely! And you have a sweet assistant with you.

    ♥charlotte

  39. SWEET! Pinned it!!! =)

  40. Hi, the desk look fab ! Just wondered where you got the script paper from ??
    Thanks Sarah

  41. beautifully done!!

  42. Cute desk!!! See you tomorrow;)

    Sherrie

  43. Your desk looks beautiful.Your photo above the desk is so sweet too.Your kitty looks happy admiring your sweet desk.
    Anne

  44. Oh, be still my heart. This turned out amazing!!! I love script anything. It’s just so appealing for some reason.
    I, too, Posted about a cute piece of furniture today in my craft room. It’s also painted with a unique look.
    Kudos on such a great job. It’s beautiful now!!!
    M.L.

  45. This is gorgeous. What do you put on the top after the mod podge? Do you just use mod podge? I’m wanting to do a map project on a table in our playroom and just wondered. Thanks!

  46. Oh wow! I love the desk. Such a fun project I’m sure.

    Dee

  47. Sooo cute! I love it! Sharing on FB- thanks for linking up at FNF! 🙂

  48. I don’t usually like decoupaged furniture but this one is really sweet! (I think Puddy likes it, too.) Great job.
    Fran

  49. Love it…and the cat.

  50. luv luv luv the desk,wish I could find one,I have wanted to do for some time. I did a vanity in Ascp province,looked so like the ocean blue I added maps …love what you do.thanks for inspirations

  51. So pretty! I am pinning it. 🙂

  52. Very nice indeed. I think the paper just took it over the top to WONDERFUL. Just the little extra it needed to pop.
    tammy

  53. Your desk is so pretty. I just love the decopage papers on furniture. I did a dresser a few years ago. Love the way it turned out. I did a blog post about it if you want to check it out. It might have been spring 2 years ago.
    Have a wonderful Easter.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  54. Beautiful desk. Great feature on Shades of Amber!

  55. Love this so much! Great job!!

  56. I find your desk easy & chic (not too easy perhaps): excellent. You have a great MANUALITA’ dexterity and CREATIVITA’creativity! Ciao Grazie Baci Eleonora

  57. LOVE it!!!! I must try something with that script paper…..MUST!!!

  58. It is even more fun to use scanned or photocopied letters, documents, old photographs, stamps and envelopes from your own family. It won’t be as neatly designed unless you balance it all with the same images on either side of the kneehole, but could be very personal.

    I have a government surplus office two pedestal and kneehole desk. It has a detached, older mahogany roll top that I use on the top of the desk. I think I’ll work on the lower desk and leave the roll top in its original mahogany and aged patination. It seems a great shame to cover up 19th century solid wood. and the sections that make up the roll top I suspect would wear very quickly if I tried to cover them with strips of text. It might be that I made up the base writing section into a flat section of documents that could be taken off and disposed of when worn. This would keep the toll top in its historic condition and wouldn’t detract from its financial value either.

    Thanks for the example and stimulation of useful ideas.

  59. Your desk is stunning! I love the script paper. Is this a scrapbook paper or does it come on a roll? We don’t have a Michael anywhere near, but there is a Hobby Lobby about a little less than two hours away…I know…can you feel my pain?

    Anyway you did a fabulous job in this piece! Thanks for sharing.

    Deborah

  60. It’s beautiful!
    Looks so nice by the window too…
    How did you keep the paper from wrinkling?

  61. Gorgeous,visiting from The Dedicated House. You have a lovely blog and the wedding photo is lovely. x

  62. Love your desk. It only took me 2 years to discover it. Question: Did you put trim around the paper on the top? If so, how??

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