Decoupage Desk Makeover – Trash to Treasure


Hey guys – today my friends and I are continuing Trash to Treasure Tuesday {Best of the Archives} and I’m sharing my favorite desk makeover in case you missed it the first time.

This desk came to me from a family friend who asked me to redo it for her teenage daughter’s birthday.  She had two requests: French-themed and decoupage.  Two of my favorite things!

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

I planned to do a couple layers and then distress it, so first I painted a layer of Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre.  The water rings bled through this layer, but it was okay since I planned to paint the desk dark.  If I had wanted to keep the desk a light color I would’ve used a shellac primer before painting.

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

I sanded to smooth out the brushstrokes and then added two coats of Chalk Paint® in Graphite.   Then I lightly sanded again- especially the edges to give it a distressed, naturally aged look.  Both clear and dark wax were used to make the desk look more black.  (Graphite with just clear wax looks like dark gray.)

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

I used matte Mod Podge to glue French-themed scrapbook paper on the drawer fronts.  One layer of Mod Podge underneath, a few minutes of smoothing out the paper to avoid wrinkles, and then another thin layer on top.

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

The hardware was also painted in Graphite and waxed.

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

I LOVE how it turned out – but more importantly, my client and her daughter love it too!

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

You can download and print your own “I’d rather be in Paris” art (and another French-inspired art print) HERE.

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

The reddish book (second from the bottom) was one of my French textbooks from high school.  The others I’ve collected over time, and the top two I brought on our trips to Paris.   😉

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

Below you can see where some Old Ochre and also the wood underneath are peeking through.

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

Here’s the final look at this decoupage desk makeover again:

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

And a handy before/after:

Vintage decoupage desk makeover - Girl in the Garage

Jen


Click here for my free printable resource list: 11 Items to Always Buy While Thrifting

Next, visit my friends below for more inspiration!  Click the links under the collage to see the Afters of their makeovers.

Trash to Treasure Makeovers

1. Bless’er House

2. Artsy Chicks Rule

3.  Prodigal Pieces

4.  Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Tonight 2/9 at 8pm CST head over to my Instagram HERE to find out how you can win 2 pints of Fusion Mineral Paint in the colors of your choice and also be featured on all of our IG accounts – pretty awesome!


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12 Comments on Decoupage Desk Makeover – Trash to Treasure

  1. Susan
    February 9, 2016 at 8:49 am (1 year ago)

    Jen, You hit this one out of the park. I’m usually a white and light furniture person, but you’ve won me over with this lovely desk.

    Reply
    • Jen
      February 9, 2016 at 10:37 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Susan! This was a fun project. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    February 9, 2016 at 9:11 am (1 year ago)

    Ooh, la, la, Jen!! So gorgeous in every way. That decoupage really sets it off and makes a striking statement. 🙂

    Reply
  3. Vera
    February 9, 2016 at 10:14 am (1 year ago)

    I love your work. Beautiful and funny…

    Reply
  4. Kandice
    February 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm (1 year ago)

    This came out gorgeous. Love it!

    Reply
    • Jen
      February 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Kandice!

      Reply
  5. Elizabeth
    February 10, 2016 at 11:04 am (1 year ago)

    Love it – another winner! Quick question…did you use Old Ochre chalk paint as a base coat to lighten up the Graphite or to allow some white to come through when distressing – or both? Cheers! 🙂

    Reply
    • Jen
      February 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Elizabeth! I used Old Ochre just so it would peek through from behind the Graphite after I distressed it.

      Reply
  6. Crystal
    February 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s beautiful!! You did an incredible job on it!!

    Reply
    • Jen
      February 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Crystal!

      Reply

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