Desk Makeover

Would you believe someone gave me this desk for Free? I love that my friends always think of me when they see a nice piece of furniture on the side of the road waiting for the garbage trucks, or when they are looking to get rid of something. 🙂 You can see more of my trash to treasure projects here.

You can also read all about how I flip furniture for extra cash, here.

Anyway, one of my friends dad and step-mom wanted to get rid of this old desk. I gladly took it off their hands. It is a nice desk but had seen better days. Keep reading to see how I gave this Desk a Makeover.

Desk - before

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Materials Used for my Desk Makeover
Paint from the ‘Oops’ section of Lowes
Gold Spray Paint
Wall Paper (optional)

Step 1 in my Desk Makeover, Clean and Prepare for Paint…

The first step in any makeover is to clean the piece as best as you can. This piece also needed some repairing. The bottom pieces of it were loose and falling off. My husband helped me flip it over and repair it. We just used some new, longer screws to secure it. While it was upside down, I decided it would be a good time to paint. I thought it would make it easier to paint those bottom feet and any other crevices too.

Desk Makeover

Step 2, Sand…

I gave this piece a very light sanding before I applied the paint.

Step 3, Paint…

The last time I was at Lowes I found a quart of paint in the Oops section for $5. It was my favorite color, Naval! (If you don’t already know, I am a tad obsessed with the color blue, especially navy.) I bought it knowing I would use it for something, and this desk was the perfect piece to use it on.

Do you ever check the Oops paint area at the hardware stores? It is mistake paint or paint that has been returned. Sometimes you luck out and find a good color. Bonus, they are usually super cheap!

Anyway, while this piece was upside down I figured I’d start painting.

Desk Painted

I took out the drawers, and took off the handles so I could paint those as well. I thought about purchasing new handles, but these were nice and in good shape so, why bother? I used Gold Leaf spray paint for the handles.

After I painted the bottom using several coats of paint, I flipped it over and painted the top and any areas that I missed.

Desk painted

Step 4, Polycrylic…

I love to use MinWax Polycrylic as a top coat. For this piece I used 3 coats. It dries very fast and leaves a nice hard protective surface.

Desk Makeover

Step 5, Finishing Touches…

I had a little of this wallpaper left over from my Guest Bathroom Project. Just enough for 2 drawers so I figured why not add it.

I added the handles back to the drawers and that was that!

The Final Look…

I listed this on Facebook Marketplace and it sold very quickly for $300! Wahoo


  • Reply Cindy November 5, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Beautiful job Jodi. This will sell quickly I’m sure of it. Love the drawers

  • Reply Laurie February 22, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Wow Jodi, that looks gorgeous! This gives me inspiration to change a piece I have that is almost identical. Thank you!

    • Reply Jodi House February 22, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much! I am so happy I could inspire you!

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