Vintage Desk DIY Makeover with Mod Podge

To start this post out right, I’m just going to be completely honest with you. I L-O-V-E a good DIY project…. but I’m not a pro. Sometimes I screw things up royally and have to start all over. Sometimes my projects aren’t done to perfection. But when they make me smile when done…. well, that’s enough for me. This project is, in no way, perfect. But it makes me smile every time I walk past it now. With just a little sanding, a little painting, and a little bit of Mod Podge wonder, our old desk transformed into something new. Vintage Desk Makeover using Mod Podge

This desk used to belong to my grandma; it’s been through a LOT of wear and tear through the years, and it was so past time for a makeover. Desk before makeoverIt really was not an expensive project either.

Supplies included the following:

– sandpaper (I used our sander for the main work of sanding)
– an old rag
– spray paint
Antique Matte Mod Podge
– Decorative paper
– sponge brush

First I removed all the hardware from the drawers. Remove drawer pulls from deskThen the work of sanding began, although the sander did most of the work for me. Sand deskAfter wiping all the dust off the desk and cleaning it up quite a bit, it was time to paint. I used Valspar Color Radiance Spray Paint. Valspar Color Radiance Spray PaintI loved the color, but I really felt like it took quite a bit of paint to make sure the desk was well covered. After giving it a couple of good coats, I let it dry for some time.Paint desk and drawers After drying, I took sandpaper to the edges to give it a more distressed, vintage look.Sand edges of desk for a distressed look

Originally, I was just going to paint and distress the desk, but I just felt like it needed something. That’s when I decided to Mod Podge the drawers with decorative paper. I found a very pretty scrapbook paper design, measuring and cutting it carefully to fit the raised portion of each drawer. After applying Antique Matte Mod Podge to the drawer, I applied it to the back of the paper, as well, and put the paper in place on the drawer. Antique Matte Mod PodgeI used a squeegee tool to smooth out any air bubbles, then applied a top coat of Mod Podge to the paper. Smooth air bubbles from Mod Podge surfaceAfter the top coat dried (about 30 minutes to an hour), I applied a final top coat.DIY Desk Makeover

And that was it! We put the hardware back on each drawer, and I decorated with a few books and some fresh roses from my flower garden. I absolutely love the vintage, yet transformed, look of our desk now. It adds a huge splash of color to our foyer, which just feels wonderful.Desk Makeover DIY Project with Mod Podge

Want to find more Mod Podge projects? Be sure to follow my I Heart Mod Podge Pinterest board….

(Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. Just me, my vintage desk, and my love for Mod Podge.)

Mel Lockcuff

Mel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle and travel blogger residing in Northwest Arkansas. She recently published her first eBook, Blog Design Elements of Success. You can find Mel on Twitter @mellockcuff, as well as on Instagram and Facebook, or contact her via email at
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