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July 5, 2013

Easy DIY Desk Upgrade (Decoupage)

Easy desk DIY using decoupage and modpodge

I did a really easy (although slightly time consuming) desk project last week that I had to share with you. If you remember in my DIY tiny inspirations video I had intended on sanding this desk down and then staining it with coffee… That didn’t work out. Sanding is harder then I thought. Instead I decided to use some of this old and beautiful tissue paper (from a gift) and see what would happen if I decoupaged it onto the desk. I’m pretty happy with the result!

Before and after decoupaged desk

(I need to practice taking better before and after pictures)

Quick instructions:

Detailed instructions:

  1. Gather supplies: Mod Podge, foam brush, tissue paper, spray paint, a face mask, and an area to work in. 
  2. Take all of the materials outside. It is highly advised you do this project outside. It really wasn’t safe for me to do this project inside, I inhaled a lot of fumes. Also, it stunk up the house.
  3. Working in small sections, cover an area of the desk with Mod Podge and then slowly press on and smooth out the tissue paper. It will be impossible to not get wrinkles in the paper but the slower and more carefully you work the less wrinkles you will see on your desk. I actually liked the wrinkles so I worked at a faster pass.  You can cover the whole desk with tissue paper if you’d like but I chose to do something else with the legs.
  4. Seal all the tissue paper with a top coat of Mod Podge. I did this by accident but it worked out in the end.
  5. Shake your spray can and start spraying in small sections the area you want to cover. I made the mistake of spraying to close to the surface (making it an uneven coat). To keep the paint from also spraying on the tissue paper I used a brown paper bag to cover corners as I worked.
  6. Let each coat dry and then apply an additional coat until you get the color you desire. I used three coats and it is honestly still a little uneven (I think that has more to do with me spraying to close to the surface).
  7. After I painted the legs I noticed it was too much of a bright contrast to the tissue paper. To remedy this I lightly (not shown in the video) spray painted on top of the tissue paper (spraying from a foot or so away) so it would be a light white wash. I think this helped make the paper match the white while still also keeping the design.
  8. Wait one day before using.

This whole process took me about three hours and then one day to dry. It was a lot of fun!

Do you have a piece of furniture you want to change up? What are you planning to do with it?


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1 Comment

  • Patra

    so cute – and I loved your oops moment :-)

    September 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm Reply
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