French-Inspired Stenciled Desk Accessories

I used chalky finish paint and stencils to turn dollar store desk accessories that didn’t match into a pretty set of French-inspired stenciled desk accessories! Wait until you see this transformation I did for DecoArt!

French-Inspired Stenciled Desk Accessories

Chalky finish paints are not just for furniture or larger home decor items. You’ve seen me paint lots of smaller objects for home decor and handmade gift ideas with this paint, so today I’m sharing a paint makeover for something truly useful: desk accessories!

And a quick shout-out of thanks to DecoArt! They provide me with supplies and support for the projects that I do for them, and they’re a never-ending source of inspiration! I used DecoArt products long before I began working with the company, so being able to create projects for them is like a dream come true! Thanks DecoArt!

French-Inspired Stenciled Desk Accessories

You don’t have to spend a fortune, or even a moderate fortune, to have lovely desk accessories for your home office or your workspace. In fact, a quick trip to your local dollar store or the fun dollar bins at other stores will help you find some worthy desk items for very cheap . . . even if they look mismatched and not your style.

Like these four things I picked out for myself:

Dollar Store Desk Accessories

The clipboard and composition book are made primarily from cardboard. The pencil cup is cardboard with a shiny-coated paper adhered on top, and the box is a typical metal box.

These items don’t belong together. I purchased these to challenge myself to make a pretty desk set on the cheap!

Have you seen lately just how much pretty matching desk accessories cost?? That’s one expense I can help you avoid!

DIY French-Inspired Desk Accessories

For this makeover, I used three shades of chalky finish paint, a French word stencil and painter’s tape — which is always handy for positioning and keeping your stencils in place!

Here’s how the composition book looks:

French-Style Desk Accessories: composition book

I played with the placement of the large stencil, so that the design looks almost continuous from the front to the back of the book. This would make a pretty journal by itself. (Think handmade gift ideas!)

French-Inspired Stenciled Composition Book

The image below shows what the stencil placement was like for the clipboard and the composition book:

French-Inspired Desk Accessories-clipboard and notebook

Even just one of these items makes for a fun introduction into stenciling. Trust me on this!

And once you see the pretty results of your work, you will want to stencil everything! Trust me on this too!

You can see my entire tutorial — along with step-by-step images — on DecoArt’s website!

DecoArt French-Inspired Stenciled Desk Accessories

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French-Inspired Stenciled Desk Accessories

French-Inspired Desk Accessories-pencil cup

French-Inspired Stenciled Desk Accessories

To see more projects I’ve done on a smaller scale using chalky finish paints, click on the Related Posts below!

Happy crafting!

~Laura