Well……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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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!
The pics are so bad. The lighting was just horrible! I followed the steps word for word.
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!!!
I did apply 1 coat of Polycrylic to the decoupaged sides as well as interior drawers.
Ashlyn is very happy with her desk! The drawers are so fun and girly!
Have you ever decoupaged furniture? I'd love to hear your tips or struggles. Maybe we can learn from each other!
Be sure to check out all the fun projects below!
I'd love for you to follow me on:
I'm also on Bloglovin!