I had a little table runner on the desk before , but I thought the top of the desk would make a good message center. Everyone passes the desk at least once if not several times a day.
I taped off a rectangle with painters tape, lightly sanded and then applied 2 coats of blackboard paint.
I used stencils to paint the black part of the fleur de lis.
Then I took a sheet of old paper out of a damaged book and traced the fleur de lis using the stencil. I then cut the pieces out and decoupaged them on to the desk top. I think you get a big bang for the buck.
You also get a great place to leave the ones you love little messages.
Easy, inexpensive,pretty & functional .