Here’s the before. I’ve had this $20 desk for about 20 years. Please ignore the mess underneath. I had to take everything off the desk so I could take this photo, and I didn’t want to unhook all my computer equipment. It has since been moved to it’s new location in the room.
I lightly sanded the desk and gave it two coats of Beautitone Designer Series Paint & Primer combination latex paint. The colour is called Moulin Rouge. It’s funny how the apple green walls, which you’ll see below, look so different when taking pics at night. Natural light makes a huge difference to the accuracy of colour.
I found a black and white patterned self-adhesive contact paper at Wal Mart a while ago and bought it especially for my desk makeover. It cost $6.97 for 18″ x 24′. I think that’s amazing! Contact paper can be used in so many ways.
My desk is 30″ deep x 60″ wide. Because of the depth I had to use 2 of the 18″ strips. First I measured 12″ from the back of the desk and marked that with a pencil. Then I cut my first piece of contact paper (with a few inches to spare on each end) and applied it to the back of the desk, lining it up with the marks. This was a little finicky. I just played with it until I got it into place. I smoothed it out as best I could, and popped any bubbles with a pin.
Before cutting my second piece I spread the roll on the desk to see where the pattern lined up. Then I cut it with a few inches to spare on each end. Again, I just played with it until I got it into place, nicely matching the back piece and lining up just along the front of the desk.
Then I measured, cut, and applied the contact paper to the sides of the desk (even thought you can’t see it, but I know it’s there) and the front, between the pink legs. I thought it was missing something, so I added some black highlights with some acrylic craft paint.
I think contact paper is very practical for a craft desk because it’s so easily cleaned. There’s a lot left on the roll for future projects, or to replace on the desk if any pieces get damaged.
I love my new desk! It’s exactly what I envisioned when I first bought the contact paper weeks ago. Since my computer equipment has moved elsewhere in the room (a project to be seen before the end of October) I have the entire desk top space to work on projects. What a luxury!!