This post about a painted desk organizer is sponsored by DecoArt. Why not jazz up that plain wood desk organizer with a little painted pattern? I went retro today with this fun swirl design painted onto the sides of a bamboo wood organizer.
A DIY tutorial to make a retro painted desk organizer. Add a fun retro design to a basic wood desk organizer using acrylic craft paint.
Make it your own with a cool pattern or design to coordinate with your room decor. Or how about a gift for a fun tween bedroom space? Whatever your needs are this is a painted wood project almost anyone can tackle with a few simple supplies.
By far and away the most versatile of all the paints in my stash is DecoArt Americana acrylic paint. This water based paint is available in 257 colors and typically covers with just one coat. This painted desk organizer is made out of wood which is perfect for acrylic paints.
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:
- matte finish
- made in USA
- soap and water clean up
For this project I choose four contrasting colors that felt right for the retro design (and happen to coordinate with my son’s bedroom as he will be the recipient of this painted desk organizer). I highly suggest a visit to the craft store – Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann all carry DecoArt acrylic paints. Once at the store you will see the variety of colors to select from and the paint is relatively inexpensive if you need a few options.
- wood desk organizer
- DecoArt Americana acrylic craft paint (mermaid tail, cadmium yellow, navy blue, coral blush)
- paint brush
- vinyl template or pattern of choice
I used an adhesive vinyl pattern I made using my Cricut vinyl cutting machine. You can use any pattern or template you desire for this project to make it your own.
For this pattern I made four different layers for each color and kept adding the pattern on top of each other. Lastly, to prevent any accidental scratching I highly suggest sealing the painted area with a spray poly.
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