Easy Desk Redo

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.image

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.image

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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Thanks, Carmody

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12 Responses to Easy Desk Redo

  1. Linda December 11, 2013 at 3:22 am #


  2. Natalie December 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    LOVE it! Definitely want to try a project like this sometime!

  3. kokotg February 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Love that! Great idea to paint the back, and the pattern is fabulous :)

    • carmody February 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm #


  4. Rachel February 25, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    very pretty and super simple to do; my two favorite qualities in a project!

    • carmody February 25, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      Thanks Rachel, Pretty and Simple are my favorite qualities too!


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