5 Quick and Easy Steps to a DIY Office Desk Finish

Working at home has many perks. Aside from being your own boss, it saves money that would’ve been spent on office rent, driving to work and eating out. Plus, you get to wear what you want. Pajamas for Monday work? No problem! No wonder, more and more entrepreneurs choose to work at home.

Yet another perk is the chance to channel the creative interior designer in you. Instead of dull, monochromatic furniture, you can add your own customized twist to your workspace, choosing designs and colors that fit your taste. It’s almost as easy as applying make-up! Here’s how:

Materials for your DIY office desk finish:

  • A desk 
  • Paint 
  • Primer 
  • Fine sandpaper 
  • Varnish 
  • Brush or Air Spray 
  • Newspapers 
  • Wallpaper (optional) 
  • Wallpaper glue (optional) 

Step 1

The first step includes cleansing. Clear the desk by removing all drawers and objects on and in the table. Place the desk in a well-ventilated area, unless you find inhaling fumes enjoyable. Place newspapers under the table for paint protection, unless you like decorating the floor too. Take a last look at your table and bit it farewell.

Step 2

Just like in make-up where you need a primer to make your eye shadows appear vibrant, use a paint primer on the surface before painting. This lessens the coats needed, and prevents any bleeding of remaining paint. Follow the drying instructions of the primer.

Step 3

Sand the desk to remove previous paint and varnish. Think of the wood as your skin badly needing an exfoliation, and buff in circular strokes. Fine sandpaper takes a longer time to get the job, but is still the better option since it won’t scratch the wood. Feel free to watch your favorite TV series to pass the time.

Step 4

Paint the desk. You can opt to choose a stain near to the desk color, or be more adventurous by choosing a totally different paint color. Use psychology! Blue is said to boost productivity according to study. Green adds a relaxing vibe (thus, the green blackboard for students). Test the color on a small hidden spot. If it looks good, pat yourself on the back for having impeccable taste. Work in thin layers. Use the make-up logic! You can always add more if the tint is too pale. Be sure to wait until the coat is completely dry before adding another, to avoid ugly lumps of paint from forming, and to hasten the drying process.

Step 5 (optional)

Instead of just normal solid paint, paste wallpaper on drawers to add a more interesting. Measure the drawer’s surface, and cut the wallpaper according to size. Brush the glue on the wood, and carefully line the wallpaper. Smooth out air bubbles with your hands. Let the glue dry overnight.

Step 6

Add a finished shine to the desk. It’s just like lip gloss, it’s optional but makes your make-up look all together. You can choose to apply varnish by either using a brush or a spray. A glossy shine of either a not only adds a polished and professional look to your desk, but also protects the surface from pizza, cookies and coffee. Let the varnish dry overnight.

Step 7

Finally, take customization to the next level by changing the handles too! Adding earrings makes you more elegant or fun, add more flavor to your desk.

As renowned Tim Gunn would say in the show Fashion Runway, “make it your own!” Good luck!


About the author:

Jonathan Bentz is a PR Assistant in the blog community for ComputerDesk.com. He loves helping people find the right accessories for their home office. Visit ComputerDesk.com for free shipping on every desk, every day.