Northwest #7: Amber's Pardon My Decoupage

Northwest #7: Amber's Pardon My Decoupage

Jan 29, 2008

Name: Amber
Location: Portland
Time: 25-35 hours
Cost: I had a lot of the supplies, so I ended up spending about $100


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
I already had the desk and the fabric, so I went and bought

  • Paint (Behr 'Wild Raisin')
  • Knobs (from Anthropologie)
  • Curtain finials to make the desk taller, and
  • Fodder for the decoupage (though I already had some fodder laying around)
    The only tools required were
  • Sand paper (and block)
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Paint brushes
  • Decoupage glue
  • and an exacto blade with a mat


    Share step-by-step instructions for how you completed the project:

  • First, i sanded the desk, drawer fronts, and finials to prepare them for painting
  • I painted them with 3 coats of paint
  • Then I attached the finials to the bottom of the legs
  • I replaced the existing knobs with the new, pretty knobs, and began doing my decoupage on the top of the desk
  • Some of the fodder I cut-out using an exacto blade


  • I glued down the metropolitan map of Paris at an angle, and spritzed around the edges of the desk with water, and ripped off the excess paper
  • I then did the same with the blank space on the left of the map with sheets of music, and on the right side with pages from a french-english dictionary
  • Then I glued down various fodder, until i achieved the look i was going for
  • Aftwards, I covered the entire top with verithane to protect the decoupage
  • I cut 5 panels of the fabric, and hemmed and attached velcro to 4 of them
  • The fifth panel just required a fold-over for a small curtain rod
  • I attached the curtain hardware to the desk, and then hung the curtains
  • Et Voila! The desk was complete

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