Confession: I am not a muralist. I see so many talented furniture painters who are able to freehand gorgeous patterns, flowers, dots and stripes onto furniture. Hello… Have you seen my friend Tracey from Tracey’s Fancy?
I’m not great at detailed, freehanded painting.
I can do it. But I am slow. And I have a bad attitude about it.
I don’t love the process.
It’s sorta like a person who custom designs window treatments, pillows, and bedding but doesn’t sew clothes.
Hand painting designs on furniture steals my joy so I don’t do it.
So what if I still love the look of funky patterned pieces but I’m too lazy to DIY it myself?
I found some decoupaging paper on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby . The paper sparked an idea to cheat my way to a fun piece of furniture.
I had the perfect piece to experiment on. A roadside desk my sister found years ago. It had been sitting in my mom’s garage for years and I finally coaxed her into giving it to me.
The decoupaging paper was only available in 3 designs. I chose the black & white with floral combo. I bought three packages of the paper because I was unsure how much paper I would use to cover an entire desk.
Each package contains 3 sheets of each design (for a total of 6 sheets per package) for $3.99 each.
I used my favorite decoupaging medium, 1Gel from Heirloom Traditions Paint. 1Gel is awesome because it does triple duty – it can be used as an image transfer medium (you can see a tutorial for that here), a decoupage, and a durable top coat.
I brushed the 1Gel in sections on the desk and applied the paper to the entire piece. Hop on over to my YouTube channel and check out my secret weapon for decoupaging without wrinkles.
I seriously wrapped the entire desk like a Christmas present.
In high school I worked 2 jobs during Christmas, one job at the local bank as a teller and I worked at a Stage Department Store as a gift wrapper. It was just a few hours a week but I got a good discount for Christmas presents and those presenting wrapping skills have paid me dividends all through adulthood.
I love wrapping so much I did a freaking news segment on the topic.
I let the 1Gel and paper dry overnight.
I also dry brushed one of my custom paint colors, Verdigris Green, on the edges of the piece to add another layer of whimsey.
I hit the edges with a new-to-me gold leafing technique. The technique really deserves it’s own blog post. Don’t fret, I took pictures and will show you all the deets in the next few weeks.
I wanted this piece to look like it came from a romantic flat in France.
It’s pieces of furniture like this that make me feel like I’m missing out not having a daughter of my own.
But not enough to have another baby. Ha.
I have listed this desk in my online shop here. If you want to tackle this project at home here is the supply list:
Decoupaging Paper from Hobby Lobby or 12 pieces of tissue paper for the flower/leopard print sections and 4 pieces of tissue paper for the black and white striped sections.
Paint for an accent color – I used Verdigris Green, a custom color I developed for Heirloom Traditions Paint.
Gold Leaf (technique coming soon!)