Shabby Chic Desk Décor Part 1: Memo Board - Stampington & Company

Shabby Chic Desk Décor Part 1: Memo Board

Every spring season, I see shabby chic home décor in every store and I fall in love all over again. The delicate hues of pink and blue capture my imagination and I begin to dream of an entire house filled with beautiful florals and distressed whites. Instead of tackling the entire house, I decided to start with my desk, which is where I spend most of my creative time. This memo board and desktop storage will have me feeling inspired every time I sit down to work.

Shabby Chic Memo Board Directions:

To begin, spray the entire vintage plant box with a clear acrylic sealer. This will keep the stain from floating to the surface after you paint it white. (I learned the hard way after 3 coats of paint that I needed to seal it first.)

Paint entire box with Dylusions White Linen Paint. I opted not to remove the wire grid while painting because it is fairly difficult to get reassembled, but I found that the white paint rubbed off easily with a little sandpaper if it got into the wrong place.

With scrap wood or paint stir sticks, cut strips to fit the width of the interior of the vintage plant box.

Glue strips from the Pretty Posy Paper Pad to the wood strips with gel medium. Trim away excess paper. Allow gel medium to dry, then use sandpaper to distress the edges and surface of the paper. I used a medium grit sandpaper and it took the brightness off the paper strips really well and gave it a lovely distressed look.

Slide distressed wood strips under the wire of the box and adhere to the back of the box with gel medium. Repeat until the entire back is covered.

Distress white clothespins with sandpaper for hanging your memos on the board.

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