I actually did this project a few years ago, but thought I’d use it as a post for a day I wasn’t feeling too creative and couldn’t come up with anything more current.
I got the idea for this in a coffee shop in Texas, whose tables were each decorated differently with bright magazine photos.
1. I collected black and white photos from: a photography magazine, a $5 bargain book on classic films, and greeting cards.
2. I Modge Podged them onto the top of a cheap desk (I might have bought it at W*****t back in my days of poverty, but since I don’t like the store, for many reasons, I won’t promote the store here)
3. I used “pour-on” varnish to finish the top (Using only Modge Podge on top would have left the top surface very textured, and emphasized the imperfections in my decoupage, as I quickly discovered, the pour-on is thicker and pours evenly to hide imperfections). I’ve seen the pour-on varnish at Michael’s, but don’t see it on their website.
4. Then I primed and painted the rest of the desk black, and changed the drawer pull to silver.
5. Then movers destroyed my cheap desk, leaving only the decoupaged top unharmed
6. I stuck the top on top of some black filing cabinets to create a new desk.
7. My final steps will be to either add a border to the top so that it fits over the filing cabinets better, or to build another desk base. But for now, it works.
8. Note: I haven’t used my laptop on it without a dishtowel protecting the desktop for fear of melting the varnish….
(The office itself is nothing to look at right now because it needs to be overhauled before the move.)
I do plan on doing this again someday, just haven’t found the right project to decoupage yet. But I do have a friend that decoupaged a chest of drawers with Elvis photos which I thought was really awesome.