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Craft Room Desk Makeover

I finally tackled my craft room desk makeover. I spend a lot of time in this room, especially in the winter months, and I want it to feel bright, fun, and cheerful.
This is the room where I want to feel inspired, and colour does that for me. I just recently rediscovered my love for decorating with pink, but as far an I’m concerned every room needs a little black and white to make it feel grounded.
Here’s a sneak peak of my finished desk.

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.


Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Here’s my finished desk.

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!!


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  1. Looks so cute & cheerful! A perfect spot to create! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow. That desk turned out so pretty…in pink :). I love that you added the black accents, it's the perfect finishing touch. What a wonderful space to be able to create at.

    1. Thanks Amy! I love pink, and I'm looking forward to having the whole desk top all to myself and my projects. I'm a lucky girl!

  3. WOW! The desk looks nice. Love it. We re-did my craft table awhile back and put some tile on it. I wanted to go pink for the actual table but lost that battle. I had to settle for boring brown. I really love this. Thanks for linking up again at Glued To My Crafts

    1. Hi Stacey! I'm able to really indulge myself in this room because it's my own space. My hubby has his own office so this is all mine. Lucky me! So I can go a little crazy… which is sooo like me. I look forward to browsing the party links when I have some time. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Mel! Colour inspires me, and I hope to have a great time creating things at this desk. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. Just stopped by for a visit after your visit to my blog. This is such a fun cheerful desk for inspiration on your crafting. The contact paper was a great idea.

    1. Thanks so much Jeanne! I need colour around me to feel inspired so this desk is perfect for me. I appreciate you stopping by.

  5. I'm helping my Granddaughter decorate her room on a budget, and with hot pink and black and white. This is a great idea to re love her old desk. Thank you so much!

  6. Holly Cavallaro says:

    Wow. I’m not sure how I even started but I just noticed the time n I’ve been on your site for 5 hours. I have been sucked into your fantastic world. I love love love all of your projects so far but alas I am on a paint mission n I must go shopping. I think my initial interest was in mixing paint n somehow that led me to the most creative place I have ever seen. I can’t wait to have time to look at EVERYTHING you have because I have many many of the same projects to do in my new home. I hate this house but I am grateful to have found it so now I’m so excited to make it mine now that you have given me a list of ideas n not only that you give how toos. I feel so extremely happy right now because I’ve been so miserable here n finally I have hope for it being kind. Actually more then hope. I ok now now I can make this house my home n I really didn’t think there was any way I ever would. Thank you so much for creating this space that we can utilize to make our houses our homes. I’m so grateful that I came across you and this space and I’m excited for the future in my home

    1. On my goodness Holly! I’m so happy that you’re finding inspiration for your home on my site. I really want to inspire people to create homes that they love, no matter what type of home they live in. Our homes should be our havens and should make us smile every single day. It sounds like you have the passion to make your home everything you want it to be, and I’m so pleased to be even a small part of that. Thanks so much for letting my know that my site has been of help to you. I truly appreciate it. 🙂