Decorate your own Desk Tidy

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Today I’m having trouble with words. I know what I’m going to talk about but the words just won’t leave my fingers… So I apologise now for the short and sweet post that this may end up as.

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
The ‘before’ picture

This project began life as a £1 buy from the Works and some craft paper that I acquired in this post earlier this week. I knew our carpet was arriving for the second bedroom on Saturday which meant that we would be finally (finally!!) putting up my dressing table. The poor thing has been boxed up in the loft for the past year just waiting for us get a wiggle on and decorate! When I saw the little desk tidy I knew exactly what I wanted it for: to hold my pretty makeup brushes. I bought these brushes as a spur of the moment groupon because they were such a pretty colour and I knew they would go with my dressing table!

 

I was originally going to pick 2 contrasting colours of craft paper and decoupage the whole thing, with the heart in the middle as a different colour. However in the end I went with something a little simpler and I think it worked out quite well. Along with the Pretty Jam Jars this is a lovely beginner project to introduce yourself to upcycling and decoupage.




Materials Needed:

Newspaper

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
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Modge Podge (or pva and water)

Item to decorate

Pretty paper

pencil

scissors

paint brush

Sandpaper (I used a rough and a smooth)

Paint (in whatever colour and finish you’re looking for; I used eggshell for a light matte finish)

Method:

Step 1: Protect your working area with newspaper and begin to prepare the surface of your project. My desk tidy had lots of very rough edges do I used the rough sandpaper to take away the worst of it and then used the smooth sandpaper all over each surface and edge to give it a nice smooth surface.

Step 2: Apply a thin coat of paint over every surface that you are not applying paper to, inside and out and let it dry. I used quick dry eggshell so I didn’t have to wait long

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
Action shot of me painting!

Step 3: Use the smooth sandpaper to buff away some of the paint on the edges and smooth over the surfaces. Depending on the finish you want you can repeat steps 2 and 3 until you get the desired effect.

A closeup of how I buffed the edges to give a mildly distressed look

Step 4: Draw around the parts you want to cover in paper, in this case I’m using the wooden heart. Draw an extra rim around your shape and cut slits in this ring all the way around (see this post for help)

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
Draw an extra rim around your shape
DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
I folded up the flaps in the hope it would help them stick down easier… It didn’t

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Apply modge podge to your wooden shape and place the paper over it, sticking your flaps to the back all the way around. Cover it all in modge podge and wait for it to dry (thoroughly dry, don’t touch it!)

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage

Step 6: I wanted the inside of the desk tidy to have pattern too so I cut out a heart shape and stuck it over the back with some modge podge, cover it with modge podge and let it dry.

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
sticking a little heart onto the back so it looks more finished

Put your desk tidy back together and enjoy your handiwork!

DIY decorate your own desk tidy using sandpaper, paint and decoupage
The finished product!

Join me and other creative peeps at Nifty Thrifty Sunday! and Waste not Wednesday!

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Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    I recognised that as a box from The Works straight away! I love that shop and all the little wooden boxes they have just waiting to be decorated. You did a great job with yours.

    1. thank you so much! They have lots of great little bits for decorating, it’s fab!!

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