Child's Desk Makeover


Child's Desk Makeover

Childs Desk Makeover
Childs Desk Makeover

From the Designer: "I've always wanted to try a Photo Transfer project but never had the right project to try it out on. When I got this little desk I decided to give it a try! I used Plaid Craft's Photo Transfer Medium to turn this desk into a beautiful display piece that my kids can also use. The wood desk top was transformed into a usable Chalkboard with Plaid's Chalkboard Paint. Both the paint and transfer mediums were very easy to use and made this project a great success!"

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Plaid Crafts Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Plaid Crafts Chalkboard Paint
  • Laser copied images
  • Small wooden desk


  1. I started by painting all of the metal pieces of the desk with a spray paint to refresh the metal.

  2. Next I painted the top of the desk with several coats of the Chalkboard Paint, letting each coat dry fully in between. Once it cured for a few days I conditioned the paint by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping it off with a cloth.

  3. Then I made laser copies of my chosen scrapbook paper. Because mine had words I had the copies mirrored.

  4. I measured the area I was going to put my papers and then cut them down to size.

  5. Next I applied the photo transfer medium in an even coat to the front of my images and then applied them to my desk.

  6. I smoothed down the paper with a scraper tool to make sure it was evenly applied to my surface and wiped away any excess medium.

  7. Then I let everything dry for twenty four hours.

  8. The following day I used a damp sponge to wet the paper, then waited 2 minutes and carefully used my sponge to rub the paper off of my image. I repeated for each image I applied.

  9. I let everything dry again and then used sandpaper to distress some of the edges and sections of my transfer (I didn't want it to look too new).

  10. Finally I used some watered down brown paint to apply a wash of color to certain areas for an even more aged look.

NotesI'm really glad I tried this fun project, and I'm looking forward to using photo transfer on my future projects!

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