This desk has been stored in our shop for the last four years. I bought it off Facebook marketplace for a great deal and knew that one day it would make a great project. This desk was as plain as they come, I think it did have a very slight wood finish all over the entire desk but nothing that a little elbow grease and sanding couldn’t fix.
Supplies Needed for Desk Makeover
- Orbital Sander
- Sanding discs
- Behr grey stain (water based which is my favorite!)
- Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil
- Amy Howard at Home paint (I used color Palmer Pink)
- Drawer knobs
The first step to this desk makeover was to sand the entire surface. Because it had sat for so long it had collected a lot of dust and dirt I decided to just start with sanding instead of cleaning it. I first used a course grit sandpaper and then switched to a fine grain sandpaper with my orbital sander. For the areas by the drawers that I couldn’t reach with the orbital I used a piece of sandpaper and hand-sanded these areas.
When I started sanding I had no idea what type of makeover I was going to give this desk. After I had sanded I looked at the paints and stains that I already had and chose to do a grey stain to match the headboard.
I applied two coats of the grey stain and then applied Miss Mustard Seed hemp oil as a sealer on top of the stain.
For the drawer fronts I decided I wanted these to be painted. I found a pale pink paint from Amy Howard at Home in my paint stash and it was the perfect contrast for the gray stain. The pale pink also ties into the bedspread and wallpaper in the room. I also used the hemp oil as a protective layer on the drawer fronts as well.
For the knobs on the desk I originally wanted something that was a glass or crystal knob but the first knobs I ordered were way too big and didn’t fit well with the desk. I then found these gold and white knobs on Amazon that I loved so much better.
This desk now fits wonderfully in the space below the pegboard. I had this chair already painted out in the garage and figured it was a perfect chair for her to use for now. I love that she now has so much storage for all her art supplies and crafts and a space to keep these organized and off the floor.