DIY

Easy Painted Desk Makeover

01.19.16

I recently got back from spending 2 weeks at my parents home in Wisconsin and with a little extra time on my hands, I decided to give my brother an easy desk makeover for his new home office.

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

I’ve always been enamoured at some of the crazy good before & after projects from people who paint their furniture to give it an instant facelift. Besides giving my guest bedroom a much needed update, I really don’t have any furniture to paint or room to add any. Thus, my desire to use chalk paint has never come to fruition until now.

With my brother moving into a new place, I felt some of his “blonde” boring furniture could use a little character upgrade. Since he’s renting his place and it’s unlikely that he’ll take the time to paint the walls (if only I lived closer!), I figured a contrasting color would do his new office good.

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

I opted to use American Paint Company‘s chalk paint in Gun Powder. Having been new to the painting furniture world, I stopped in at a neighborhood shop called The Wild Dandelion and had a brief chat with the store owner, Heather.

Here are a few tips she gave me when working with this particular paint —
• Pour paint into a bowl and add a small amount of water until you get a pancake batter consistency. This helps reduce the thickness of the paint and it goes a lot longer towards your project.
• Apply paint in long even strokes and eliminate the desire to paint in the “back and forth” motion we have a tendency to want to do.
• After paint dries for 24 hours, apply a clear antiquing wax in a nice even coat with a fresh brush.
• For areas that will get a lot of contact or may go up against a liquid (coffee cups), try applying a clear top coat with a sponge and let dry completely.

American Paint Company Chalk Paint | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

Did I mention I decided to tackle this project without ever really “asking” my brother if he wanted a charcoal grey desk? Yeah, I guess that’s what little sisters can get away with. Good thing is, he loved the new color and I even got him to help do some of the painting!

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t start to at least organize his new desk and entire office space! I love these rustic wood paper trays found at Target and they’re perfect for corralling any loose papers on his desk or odds and end that need a home. Lucky for him, this desk has more than enough drawer space so i told him there’s no reason for desktop clutter! An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

An Easy Desk Makeover | Modish and Main

This is really such an easy desk makeover that made a big difference in the overall appearance of his new office space. Out with the boring, basic blonde wood and in with the sleek, charcoal grey desk that’s fitting for a man and his bachelor pad. Plan on giving yourself 5-7 days to complete this project to allow for ample drying time between coats of paint and wax.

I’m eager to tackle another painting project and think I’ll give my guest room nightstand a fresh update. Stay tuned!

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2 comments on “Easy Painted Desk Makeover”

  1. This is on my summer to-do list. Did you have to sand the desk before starting? I’d love to just be able to paint ours (it’s huge!) without too many steps:)

    1. So because of using a thick chalk paint, you don’t have to worry about sanding it first. SCORE! I simply wiped it down really good to get rid of any dirt & grime, but that’s it. I bought the paint right there in Waunakee at The Wild Dandelion. Just get to painting and then apply the top coat and that’s it. I shared a few other tips they gave me as well in the post, so pay attention to those too!

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