Before & After: Decoupaging a Thrift Store Desk

published Dec 7, 2011
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Some people just have all the luck when it comes to sniffing out thrift store bargains. When Kim found this battered yet solid desk for the incredible price of $26, she knew she had to have it; learning it was on sale for half that was just icing on the cake. She immediately wrestled the desk into her car, determined to try out a decoupaging technique on this bargain find.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Kim used this piece to experiment with fabric, using a bargain remnant (only $5/yard) to add some color and texture to this vintage piece. She sanded the base of the desk before painting it a soft yellow. Kim sanded the top smooth then coated it in polyurethane to protect the finish before painting the edges black for contrast. Lots of cutting and decoupaging later, Kim had a bright and wonderful desk at a bargain price.

For more pictures and detailed materials information, check out Too Much Time on My hands: Decoupage Fabric Desk. This would be a great project for a piece of wood furniture where the finish is too far gone to save, or for a room that needs a little oomph.

Image: Photos by Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands.