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.
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. It 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. Then the work of sanding began, although the sander did most of the work for me. After 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. I 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. After drying, I took sandpaper to the edges to give it a more distressed, vintage 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. I used a squeegee tool to smooth out any air bubbles, then applied a top coat of Mod Podge to the paper. After the top coat dried (about 30 minutes to an hour), I applied a final top coat.
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.
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