Do you ever feel like your desk is always cluttered and hard to work on? Maybe you’re thinking about getting a new desk, but you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you’ve tried decoupage before, but it wasn’t the perfect fit for your needs. Don’t worry, we have got you covered! In this post, we are going to teach you how to decoupage a desk like a pro.
Bringing an Old Desk Back to Life
It's a conundrum to have such great vintage items to work on! Do you fix and sand every nick, bump, and bruise, or do you let the piece's time-worn weathered age? There is no simple solution; the look you want will influence whether or not you need to take some extra steps.
List of Supplies
- Sanding sponge
- TSP Alternative
- Water mister/bottle
- Bellwood Fusion Mineral Paint
- Ultra Grip
- Posh Chalk Deluxe Decoupage Papers & Pigment
- Fusion Glossy Tough Coat
Prepping to Decoupage a Desk
Preparing to decoupage a desk is simple: clean it thoroughly and scuff sand it if it has a sheen. The paint on the desk was matte, but there was some peeling paint on the top from cosmetics and face creams, etc.
In the photo above, the top was sanded and the body was thoroughly cleaned with TSP Alternative.
Going for That Vintage Look
To maintain the vintage charm of this lovely desk, we decided to paint and distress it. Two coats of Fusions' Bellwood were applied with a roller and several different-sized brushes.
Using the Ultra Grip to Decoupage
The top of the desk was rolled with Ultra Grip and let to dry overnight. It needs drying time to work its magic, so don't shortchange it.
The decoupage paper was placed on top, and a hot iron was used to reactivate the Ultra Grip using a greaseproof sheet of paper. The heat (no steam) reactivates the Ultra Grip, grabbing the decoupage and forming an excellent connection.
The decoupage paper is firmly adhered to the top of the desk, with no wrinkles or bubbles.
The edges were sanded smoothly to provide a flawlessly level surface. Over the top of the first, another decoupage paper was put in the same manner. A script-style paper that's perfect for a desk!
Frequently Asked Questions: Decoupage a Desk
Q: How do you do decoupage on furniture?
Decoupage is a great way to add a personal touch to your furniture. It's easy to do and the results can be stunning. You can decoupage just about anything, from small items like desk accessories to larger pieces like desks and dressers. Here are a few tips to get started:
- Prep the furniture by cleaning and sanding it.
- Apply a coat of paint or an adhesive to the desired area.
- Place the decoupage paper over the paint or adhesive and press down firmly.
- Let the paper dry completely.
- Sand the paper and finish the decoupage by adding any finishing touches (like sealant or wax).
Q: What kind of paper do you use to decoupage furniture?
This is a great question! You can use any kind of paper to decoupage furniture, but some people prefer to use thicker paper or even fabric. You can also use Posh Chalk Deluxe Decoupage Papers & Pigment. If you're using thinner paper, you might want to use several layers to make sure it's durable.
Q: Can you decoupage straight onto wood?
Almost any surface can be used to create a decoupage project. Suitable surfaces include wood, papier mache, terra cotta, tin, cardboard, and glass.
Q: Do I need to prime the wood before decoupage?
Most crafters paint their wooden pieces before applying any decoupage medium like the Ultra Grip. I recommend using acrylic paint or primer to coat the surface.
Have You Tried Decoupage Yet?
Not all painted furniture needs to seem brand new; sometimes embracing imperfections is all that is required. Draw attention to any damaged trim or cracking wood, and fall in love with the patina of your antique-restored furniture. On a decoupaged desk, everything is perfectly imperfect.