Sometimes a plain old boring wooden desk needs some pizzazz. Using Dixie Belle Paint 's rice paper this adorable desk was given that and some more!
This is Not Your Average Desk!!
This sweet MCM desk was picked up in an online auction.
There were not allot of bidders as I think many were not interested in such a plain simple look but I have big plans for it.
The usual first step was a deep scrub using Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner in a bucket of water soapy water and a scrub brush. Every nook and cranny was scrubbed and then rinsed well with fresh water and left to dry.
Once dry the base and drawer fronts were given a scuff sand using a Dixie Belle sanding sponge, this not only smooths any roughness on the original finish but also give a bit of grip for the paint.
Although the frame and drawers were solid wood and the sides wood veneer, the top was a super shiny smooth laminate.
To be sure paint will stick to this well Dixie Belle Slick Stick was brushed on using a Dixie Belle premium chip brush. Two coats were applied 2 hours apart then left to dry for 24 hours.
While the top dried I started on the desk base. I chose a rich navy called deep sea from the new Dixie Belle silk paint line using a flat medium Dixie Belle synthetic brush.
The sketched floral won hands down. This was good as I have 2 packages of it on hand.
To apply the rice paper to the drawer fronts I cut the bottom edge off the paper and cut in half which fit perfectly on each drawer front. I am using Dixie Belle Gator Hide as my decoupage medium as it is supposed to give a more translucent background which will work well over the navy paint.
Using a Dixie Belle premium chip brush, I brushed on a layer of Dixie Belle Gator Hide on being sure to cover the entire drawer front then place the rice paper in desired spot and firmly rubbed down.
Once dry the edges can be sanded off if any over hang.
All hardware and feet were scrubbed well and spray painted a pretty soft satin silver.
And this one of a kind desk awaits its new owner. The link below to the blog tutorial has many more details if you are interested.
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