I purchased this desk from the Habitat Restore for $50 about 7 years ago. I love it! It has been many colors and had countless purposes. I lovingly refer to it as my “lady desk”.
It is currently glossy white and being used as my office desk. My only dislike of my “lady desk” is that it doesn’t have a visually appealing backside. The desk was designed to be placed against a wall. I like to be able to see what is occurring around me and I don’t work well facing walls. It was time for a backside redo.
My goal was to revise the 2 rectangle side panels on the backside of the desk into an interesting pattern.
So, after good cleaning, I applied wood putty to fill in the nail holes and misgivings. Once the putty was dry, I lightly sanded the desk. Then applied 2 coats of Rust-oleum Gloss Winter Gray spray-paint on the panels.
After the gray paint was dry, I embarked on a plan with painters tape and a ruler. I wanted a clean and simple design. I tested different patterns with the tape. Once I satisfied with the design, I continued the pattern. I positioned the tape with the same design on both panels. Here is what the panels looked like with the tape.
They are not mathematically exact, but I really don’t care. With Rust-oleum gloss white spray paint, I completed three light coats on the panels. I let the paint dry overnight before removing the painter’s tape.
Here is what my “lady desk” looks like now.
I am able to work at my “lady desk” with the ability to observe any shenanigans going on in the room.
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