DIY Decoupage Furniture

Decoupage Desk

After crafting with my sister over winter break and making DIY wood inkjet transfers, I was itching to see what else I could do with the incredible Mod Podge. This shabby five-dollar desk I found on Craigslist at the beginning of the semester made a great canvas. It’s a cheap-o particle board desk, and you can tell the previous owner put a lot of wet cups on his desk from all the water stains and raised water circles. 

I highly recommend trying this on a smaller practice surface so you can get a feel for how the fabric can pull and stretch.

BEFORE: stained, bumpy, and boring.
You can see there are still some imperfections. You can see a brush stroke near the front and a warped edge in the center front side. Regardless, it’s a major improvement, and the fabric I chose was perfect.
Adds a little character to the room.
  • fabric
  • mod podge (hard coat or matte, NOT gloss)
  • sponge brush
  • scissors
  • something with a flat edge for smoothing

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  • Reply Jayme and Mendi

    Wow, this looks so good! Great DIY!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

    January 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Greg R. Ramsey

    awesome! good skill.. it is really a good thing to know how to transform boring old furniture into a new and full of life. it can save you a lot of money…

    January 19, 2012 at 3:27 am
  • Reply CY

    how neat! i love ur blog! eventually i’d like mine to have topics like DIY, food, nails & makeup! ur blog is one of my favorites! just followed! 🙂

    it would mean a lot to me if you did too! thank u!

    March 7, 2012 at 2:25 am
  • Reply Jeo Fazzio

    There’s a great store on Etsy called Carolina Cottage that really showcases what is possible through Decoupage.

    Modern Furniture

    May 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    • Reply Kelsey

      I like that shop, thank you for sharing.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Nice job on designing your table. It looks neat and simple but it is just right for your room. shoji screen

    May 10, 2012 at 2:04 am
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