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Do-It-Yourself Kate Spade Dowling Desk For Under $100

Ok first let me say right off the bat that if I had $3,365 dollars to spend on a desk I would be living on St. Barts and spending my days collecting shells and shopping at Lilly Pulitzer while sipping wine coolers poolside.

That being said, my excellent taste often leaves me in want of beautiful things I cannot afford or refuse to shell out my hard earned dough for. So what does a girl do? She gets creative.

While my version of this desk is not as luxurious, I used only items I already had on hand and the only purchase I made was for the “Contact brand” sticky backed paper I found at Target for around $6.00.

My inspiration Kate Spade Downing Desk downing desk by Kate Spade Price: $3,365.00

kate spade dowling desk

When I first moved to Chicago…

I bought a really nice genuine hardwood dining table from Walmart for $199.00 with 4 matching chairs. I watched an entire season of Dynasty from the 80’s on Amazon Prime while putting this bad boy together. But when it was done it was really sturdy and attractive a real Walmart best buy if I say so myself.

It was a perfect dining table until I upgraded to a larger more modern white one from pottery barn.  But I couldn’t part with this well made table that I labored over for so long, so I decided to repurpose her and give her a new position and rank of writing desk.  She seemed very happy.

The stuff A Kate Spade Desk is made of how I transitioned the desk from boring brown to fun more modern black and white

I used the contact paper below available at target for around $6.00.  I only needed one roll. On the right is another option that would look even more like the original desk.  It is however more expensive, but that being said happiness is a desk you love.

Con-Tact Brand Paper in Scribble no longer Available.
Con-Tact Brand Paper in Scribble no longer Available.

The original Con-Tact Brand Scribble pattern which I used for this desk is currently unavailable so I picked for you instead this pretty Dottie Gray with dots available on Amazon here:

Con-Tact Brand® Creative Covering™ Multipurpose Shelf Liner – Dottie Gray (18″x20′) $6

Con-Tact Creative Covering Self-Adhesive Vinyl Shelf and Drawer Liner, 18″ x 20′, Dottie Gray

 

Pretty Dots from chicshelfpaper.com
Or this one from Houzz.com both are https://www.chicshelfpaper.comsimilar to the Dowling Desk from Kate Spade.

Walmart Dining Table Turned Desk

I am sorry I did not document the whole process digitally. But trust me it’s easy peasy. I left the contact paper on the roll and started on the right side front and overlapped the edges 1 inch on each side east to west (east on the right) and folded the paper over the desk edge right hand side.

Directions with Steps 1-6

step 1

I carefully stretched lightly as I rolled the paper out across the 1st front half of the desk surface. Keeping paper even to and parallel to front horizontal edge. I used a wooden ruler as I worked to iron out any bubbles as I went along. Slow and steady was my plan of action.

step 2

I carefully stretched lightly as I rolled the paper out across the desk surface keeping paper even to and parallel to front horizontal edge. I used a wooden ruler as I worked to iron out any bubbles as I went along. Slow and steady was my plan of action.

kate spade dowling desk dyi

Step 3

Then I cut 2 inch strips and went around the edges of the desk to cover the 1 inch ledge and facing around the perimeter of the desk edge. This paper is very sticky but leaves no residue when you remove it. Because the pattern is circles and they overlap you cannot see the overlapping it.

Step 4

I went back over it once and used a very small needle to poke a small hole in any of the bubbles left behind and flattened them with ruler. I was very happy with the results and it lasted over a year with no movement.

kate spade dyi dowling desk

Step 5

With some left over paper I decorated my laundry basket and placed it under the desk. And I put an Ikea real lambskin shearling throw over one of the original dining room chairs for comfort.

Step 6

Last but not least I added a cork board and tacked on a Kate Spade printable I purchased on Etsy.

kate spade dowling desk dyi
Kate Spade Dowling Desk DYI

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