Looking for ideas on what to do with an old desk? Found an old thrifted office desk and looking for makeover ideas, I’ve got your covered. Here are some of the best desk makeover ideas I found. And I used one as my inspiration for my own desk makeover. Find out which……
What to do with an old desk?
My next project will be a makeover off this little writing desk I inherited from my in-laws. When I brought it in the house two years ago I asked you, my blog readers, for advice on to paint or not to paint. The lovers of all things natural wood won back then. But no longer. This table needs an update and I need it to become me.
With the proper lighting and with the help of a little Photoshop this desk looks quite ok. But in the real harsh light of daylight it looks quite awful. The luster has long gone an it just looks old, and sad and unloved.
The wood is dull, the varnish is tarnished. The veneer is peeling, there are holes and dings everywhere. And the top faux leather is coming off.
As you can see a big nail has even been hammered into the top to hold the veneer down. So a makeover it is. To start I wanted to get a closer look on how things stand underneath that leather.
Luckily it peeled right off, leaving me with only a small edge of glue and paper to be removed. And I kind of like the rough wooden boards. Although the large number of nail holes are less enticing. So where to go next? I am still debating on that one.
The Best Writing Desk Makeover Ideas
To figure out what to do with my old desk I did a little research. I figured out how I could either repair or remove the veneer, what paint to use on such an old varnished desk and what style would both fit the desk and my own decorating style. Let me share a few of my favorite desk makeover ideas and how I think they could work for my old writing desk makeover.
Maybe I should just paint it and distress it until it looks something likes this lovely shabby chic desk I spotted at A Beach Cottage. This would be the easiest and quickest way to go. The shabby chic style is not only very forgiving for imperfections, it kind of demands them. Just a quick, and imperfect layer of paint, and a little distressing gives your this look when you have an old office desk to start with.
Or should I even take the distressing a step further? I love the look of those ‘hardly painted anymore’ pieces. Maybe l could leave the bottom part more painted and distress the heck out of the table top after giving it a quick coat. These severely chippy painted desks are gorgeous. But I am not sure they are very easy to use. The chippy paint will continue to flake unless you put a finish over it. A desk like this will also be harder to keep clean. And for a writing desk this surface might be to rough.
Maybe the crispness of a beautiful fine layer of fresh paint, would be better?
Wouldn’t it be fun to bring such a bright turquoise color in my home. I love the bright beachy look it gives. But that old worn tabletop on my desk would never look so crisp. It would need something to disguise its imperfections. That is one of those things about giving old furniture a makeover. You have to work with the state of the piece. Every once in a while I would love to give an old piece a ‘ good as new’ look, but that hardly ever comes out right. When your base material is already old, damaged and imperfect, trying for a perfect finish is next to impossible. Finding a furniture style that makes the imperfections the star of the piece, or at least hides them in a good way is much better. Decorative paint effects can be perfect to hide something you want to be ignored.
I have to confess that as of yet I do not have any chevron in my house. Would this be the time to correct that? Chevron – or any pattern for that matter – is a home style fashion pattern. It comes in and out of style every few years. Just like stripes, herringbone pattern or buffalo check. It can be fun and a quick makeover to give a piece of furniture a makeover with an distinct pattern. It might get out of style fast though. And speaking about the chevron pattern….. I truly think the pattern is too modern for my old desk makeover. Maybe a more timeless pattern would work?
My craft room definitely has a bit of romantic style. A lace pattern could work well with that more feminine decorating style. I haven’t had much experience with stenciling yet. That might be a fun idea to try for this desk makeover.
Thing is…. I am moving away from the romantic and feminine vintage style. I am leaning more to a rustic and industrial vintage style. But not ready to give up on the idea of stenciling. Maybe a different stencil would work for my little old office desk makeover.
Donna is of course the queen of sign stenciling. And this tabletop comes with a full tutorial. Well with Donna’s help I should be able to pull it off, n’est-ce pas?
Of course when it comes to makeovering old furniture pieces I had to turn to the ever so lovely Miss Mustard Seed for inspiration. I am sure she would now exactly what to do with my old desk.
She gave her grandfather’s old desk a makeover with chalk paint. It made the old worn desk just come alive. This one is heavily distressed and aged with wax.
The next piece she painted combines two colors and a wooden top.
So what do you think? How would you make this old tattered table look beautiful again? Have you done a desk makeover that might be my source of inspiration? Found one somewhere that I should know about? Let me know because I am itching to start on this one, and I still haven’t figured out what I am going to do.
PS THIS IS HOW MY OLD OFFICE DESK MAKEOVER TURNED OUT!