I’m seeing a decoupaging trend here on the blog. Seriously, I can’t get enough.
Today I am using one of my favorite decoupaging mediums, wrapping paper. I am also using one of my favorite Heirloom Traditions Paint Colors – Buttermilk. If the two of them had a baby it would look like this desk. Let’s take a look at some desk baby making in the process.
There was nothing too special about this desk. It had some peeled off Pokemon stickers on the front and the previous owner’s bank statements shoved into the back of the drawers. I think it came from a storage unit that was won at one of those storage unit auctions. Have you ever been to one of those? I never have, but I have been assured the process is way less exciting than the TV show – Storage Wars. With my luck, I would win a storage locker full of granny panties and moth balls.
I painted the entire piece in two coats of Buttermilk. There were pen and marker scribbles all over the desk, and even though I gave it a thorough scrub down with TSP, I wasn’t sure a Buttermilk would cover it all up. Well, it did. Thank you Jesus.
I sealed the piece in Aqua Clear Ultra Finish Top Coat in Matte. I wanted to keep the soft Matte finish of the piece and this water-based Top Coat did the trick. Aqua Clear also does not yellow over whites. It is a new product from Heirloom Traditions. Aqua Clear also comes in Satin and Gloss. I am excited to try the Gloss finish on a modern piece soon!
After I let the Aqua Clear dry for a few hours the finish was so smooth – like it came from a furniture store. Ahhhhh. Like buttah on my fingers. See what I mean? No sheen to speak of.
I had purchased the wrapping paper from Spoon Flower (you can find it here). If you have not used Spoon Flower before, it is a website where you can design your own fabric, wallpaper, and wrapping paper, then have it printed and shipped to your home. If you don’t have an original pattern you want printed you can also shop their marketplace from artists who create the prints for you. It is a little pricey for wrapping paper (with shipping it was about $22.00). You had better be my bestie if I wrap your gift in $22.00 wrapping paper. Since I knew this was going on a piece of furniture, that I would then resell, I felt like I could splurge on fancy schmancy paper. I also bought the fabric for Shepherd’s crib skirt on Spoonflower and I was very happy with the quality of the fabric.
I used Mod Podge to adhere the wrapping paper to the drawer fronts. You can see a the full tutorial on decoupaging wrapping paper onto furniture here.
I also sealed the wrapping paper drawer fronts in the Aqua Clear Top Coat for additional durability, just in case this desk gets used by a little girl in the future.
I just kept staring at what a gorgeous, smooth finish this piece had! Every time I would walk by it in my studio I couldn’t help but run my hand over the piece, like a cat’s tail gently wisping by. If you are obsessed with zero brush stroke finishes you MUST watch this video!
The drawers had lots of pen marks on the inside as well so I decided to paint them in Privilege. Just a fun, unexpected, pop of color!
This was a fun desk to complete. I always work on a lot of desks during the summer months because come August people will be buying them up, getting ready for the new school year. I think this sweet little desk would be perfect for anyone, no matter your age!