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Decoupaged Desk

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Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern HomeWell……I finally finished my teen daughter's desk. It has been quite the work in progress. It started out as a Craigslist find that was in pretty good shape with a bad, dingy paint job. It was one of our beach finds.

Nothing like a monthly furniture challenge to get you motivated to finish the job! If you haven't, now is the time to learn to decoupage. You can decoupage crafts like ornaments to furniture!

New painted furniture theme each month!

This month's theme is Decoupage. I've decoupaged lots of crafts, but never a piece of furniture! If I can do it……anyone can!

I did a little research for furniture because I'd be working with much larger pieces of paper. I'm going to send you on over to Allison from Refunk My Junk for the best decoupage tutorial I've come across for furniture! It works like a charm!  BUT first, let's look at how my piece turned out then you can visit all the other projects from my blogging pals below!

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

I painted the entire desk in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  Then lightly distressed the edges. The top has 2 coats of Polycrylic by Minwax in satin. The base and drawer fronts have 2 coats of clear wax. 

Then I left it for a while……..But those drawers looked so bad with the pretty white paint. In most cases I like to leave the drawers alone, but not here.

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

I made homemade chalk paint for the first time using leftover paint from my daughter's walls. I'll share that recipe and my thoughts on it next week.  It's a very light shade of green. I can't begin to tell you how much better they look!!!

Also on OSH!  Ideas to Freshen Up Your Home

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

I followed Allison's recommendation and used a foam roller to smooth out the paper opposed to a credit card. A credit card tends to rip the wet paper. I was alone, so it would have been nice to have shared this in action with someone to take pics of the process. I got the paper started on the edge closest to the drawer and guided it to the end using the roller. I promise…no bubbles! I was amazed!!! Thanks, Allison!

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The pics are so bad. The lighting was just horrible! I followed the steps word for word.

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

No strict measuring of the paper. Place it so that it is as straight as possible. After it is dry…..trim it to fit using a sanding block!!! Perfect!!! I had all of these drawers decoupaged in 2 hours. The next day, I came in and trimmed with the sanding block. You don't have to wait until the next day. It was getting late, and I was tired!!!

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

 

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

I did apply 1 coat of Polycrylic to the decoupaged sides as well as interior drawers.

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

 

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

 

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

Ashlyn is very happy with her desk! The drawers are so fun and girly!

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

 

Vintage desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and decoupaged drawers for an unexpected surprise from Our Southern Home

 

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  1. Hi! This is such a beautiful piece! I’m wondering how the outside of the drawers have held up to opening and closing.

  2. Christy it’s beautiful! I bet Ashlyn love it too! The pretty pink trellis paper and the painted drawers are like the icing on top of her wonderful white desk. Love it with the acrylic chair too! xxoo

  3. Christy,
    Wow. I love this. Great idea to check around for a tutorial. I have a small night stand in a guest room that I would love to try this idea on. After I read the tutorial! Fun to be on the tour with you! ~Jeanette

  4. Christy, Ashlyn has such a pretty room and the desk is a perfect addition. I have never thought about using a sanding block to cut the edges, what a great tip. Of course the peekaboo drawers are my favorite part, love the pink!
    ~Tami

  5. The perfect touch Christy! !! Love it! ! And never thought about using a foam roller. .. awesome! I did use a little piece of sand paper on mine and yes that does work very well! ! I’m trying a roller next time! 🙂

    Nancy

  6. Such pretty paper, I love that it is so soft and girly! Thanks for the tips too, After reading how you did the sides of the drawers I’d totally try a project like yours 🙂

  7. Thanks for the great tips! I definitely will trim the edges of my next decoupage project with a sanding block and I’ll smooth the paper out with a foam roller. This desk is perfect in your daughter’s room and it may be a piece that she’ll use in a college apartment. Great project!

  8. This turned out so pretty! I haven’t heard of using a foam roller to smooth out the air bubbles but that’s a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

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