How To ~Decoupage Drawer Fronts

I get asked alot of questions via facebook  and email  

about the cute little desks I did for a client.

Here is a great tutorial on how to decoupage drawer fronts. Easy steps to get that perfect look using your paper of choice and Mod Podge.Annie Sloan Provence modge odge

The girls were twins and their mom was redoing their playroom loft into a study.

And they each chose their paint color and paper that they wanted to use to decoupage drawer fronts of their desks.

They were fun and cute and flooded my email… I know there are a lot of tutorials out there but I thought I would just do a quick post on how I do it.

First paint your drawers and get good coverage on all the areas.  I even do it on the place that I am actually painting…

you could skip that I suppose but it’s just not in me too..

Brush on a good coat of Mod Podge- just not too heavy.

I don’t cut my paper to size on the drawers prior to puting them on.  I do a light coat on the paper as well.

Cover all the drawers fronts.  Smooth down the paper using good pressure.

You will have a few bubbles possibly.  Rub them down good they will disappear.

Mod Podge, Paper, and a Desk

Once they have dried- or almost dry and the paper won’t move.

Get your sanding block out!! This paper was extra thick cardstock so it was a bit more to get it than thin would be.

Sand along your edges and you will be able to peel paper back- I actually peel down as not to tear it up towards you.

Here you can see where it has been sanded away….

You just keep working your way around, sanding, and tearing… it gives clean edges and distresses your paper at the same time!! Love!!

You finish off by adding another coat of the Mod Podge over the top to seal it.

Now it’s not done but I can’t show you anymore!! It will be for sale at the Vintage Market Days!!


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  1. Thistle says:


    What a great idea! I really like the foil treatment at the conference, too! Easy and fun!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    • Lori says:

      Thanks KariAnne. I can’t wait to play more with the foils!! Hopefully I’ll get more coverage ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Have a terrific day!!!

  2. Heather says:

    Great tips!!! Do you put mod podge on top of the paper once on the drawer or only on the back side? Thanks!

    • Lori says:

      Hi Heather!! I do put it over the top. Sometimes I will actually use a spray sealer when it’s covering the entire drawer front. Dries faster!! – Lori

  3. Kim says:

    These desks are so cute. Thanks so much for stopping by and the kind words.

  4. debbiedoos says:

    Gotta love it Lori. Just gorgeous indeed. Great paper punch too you added. I love mod podge:)

  5. Mary says:

    So glad you posted this as I have wanted to try but didn’t know how, where do you get the paper? and what is the sealer called? Thanks! Love your page and your work!

    • Lori says:

      Thank you so much Mary for stopping in & taking the time to comment!! I use Mod Podge & they do have a spray sealer as well!! It works great!! Thanks again!! ~ Lori

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  8. Beth Waldrop says:

    Lori, Lori, Lori,

    Fantastic job and great ideas on how to get the paper perfectly on the drawer fronts. I love these desks. Thanks so much for sharing this technique.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Beth

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  10. Nicole says:

    I want to do this, but if I ever decide to change the desk will this be hard to remove? That is the ONLY thing stopping me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I just did this to my repurposed desk (which I am using as a sewing table in my craft room) and it came out so nice!!! I love this idea and am thrilled with how my new little sewing table has turned out. Thank you so much for the great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jenn says:

    Where did you find the long paper to use on the drawers longer than 12 inches like in the desks you did? Or did you just use multiple pieces and line them up perfectly? I cannot seem to find scrapbook paper bigger than 12 inches!


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