Desk Makeover With Repurposed Tablecloth

4 Materials
$44
6 Hours
Medium

If you ever see a dated piece of wooden furniture for a great price, but don't know what to do with it... think of decoupage and bring that baby home.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

Here's the plain Jane desk that I found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $40.


I liked the style and shape, but it definitely needed a makeover.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

So to start I painted the whole thing white because I didn't want to risk the wood color showing through the fabric. Using a brush and a mini roller it took two coats.


I didn't worry about priming or sanding because I'm covering most of the paint with fabric.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

Here's the lovely $1 floral fabric tablecloth that I'm using.


I measured and cut the fabric the sizes that I needed for the desk top and pull out shelf... and went to work.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

I started on one end of the desk top and applied some Mod Podge with a foam brush, and I worked my way across... smoothing the fabric along as I went.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

I smoothed out the top as much as I could, and then I did the same thing to the pull out shelf.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

Then I gave both tops three coats of Mod Podge, including the overhanging pieces of fabric. I'll show you why below.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

I measured, cut, and applied the fabric to the drawers leaving some overhanging fabric.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

After a couple of coats of MP on everything and the overhanging fabric bits, I trimmed up the whole desk using a very sharp knife.


When you apply the Mod Podge to the overhanging fabric and let it harden you'll get nice crisp edges when you trim.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

I spray painted the drawer handles white, and I like that they don't take away from the fabulously floral fabric.


The handles are there to be purely practical. The fabric is the star here.


I'm talking mega flower power, but it 's so pretty... sort of reminds me of impressionistic art, which I love.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

Here's the pull out shelf where I keep my lap top.


You don't have to be an expert to do this and you can make almost anything look just the way you want it to.

desk makeover with repurposed tablecloth

To see the details of how I added the skirt, and more tips and photos, please check out my blog post Repurposed Tablecloth Decoupaged Desk Makeover.

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  • Chris DeMoines
    on Jun 29, 2019

    I think this is very cute. I have a old desk I need to do something with. I think this will work for me. Not sure how many cloths I will need. Mine is bigger than yours.

    • Tuula @ Color Me Thrifty
      on Jun 29, 2019

      Thanks Chris! Different tablecloths of coordinating patterns would look awesome too, if you can't find one that's big enough.

  • Carmel
    on Jul 2, 2019

    It turned out beautiful well done I love it,u could spray paint varnish on to finish and all it needs it a wipe down

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