Home office with a decoupaged desk
Ted Tucker

Getting Started

Opt out of the typical brown wooden desk and choose one decoupaged with marine charts. If nautical isn't your style, find something to suit you better like maps or photographs. If you're interested in sewing, try out decoupaging with old dressmaker patterns.

Shopping List

  • Drop cloth
  • 1 quart oil-based primer
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • 1 large aluminum roasting pan
  • 1 gallon school glue
  • Nautical charts or other maps
  • Craft knife
  • Sponge brush
  • 1 quart satin polyurethane


Plain draftsmen desk
Ted Tucker

Prime Time

Step 1: Begin by priming the Draftsman top and base with two coats of oil-based primer. (For a similar looking desk, try Target ) Let each coat dry thoroughly.


Glue mixed with water
Ted Tucker

Special Mix

Step 2: Mix glue with water so it's the consistency of egg whites. Submerge charts one at a time, and wet both sides for flexibility.


Covering the desktop
Ted Tucker

Top Down

Step 3: Apply charts to the desktop and pull tight, smoothing out wrinkles or bubbles. (This is easiest if your hands are wet with glue.) Fold charts around edges as if you were wrapping a present. Use a craft knife to trim around the hardware and remove any excess paper.


covering the desk with maps
Ted Tucker

Cover All

Step 4: Continue to cover, layering smaller torn pieces over tricky areas. Dip sponge brush in glue, and press down on any stubborn corners. Allow to dry overnight, and then apply a thin coat of polyurethane with a paintbrush for a smooth finish.


Printed From:
http://www.myhomeideas.com/how-to/crafts/decoupage-desk