My $15 Craigslist Desk Makeover
This DIY project was apart of my Mini Apartment Makeover Post, where in 6 weeks I transformed our apartment from basic to OH WOW YES! If you like this makeover I know you’ll love to see the whole transformation, you can find the post here: Tiny Apartment Makeover.
When we moved into our apartment I had a small awkward corner to use as my mini office/craft room. The area was just big enough for a desk. We had a very small budget so I found a basic desk on craigslist for $15 bucks.
It was a dirty white color. I knew with some paint and a stencil it had potential. My idea was to paint the whole thing white to cover the dirty cream color it was. Then I was going to stencil it in gray.
The Desk Makeover
To start I brought the desk outside and wiped it down really well. It is very important to wipe it all down with diluted bleach, then water and let it dry. I planned to spray paint the desk which is why I took it outside. After it was dry, I put the desk on a tarp so I didn’t get paint on the driveway.
I did two coats of the white paint. The paint I used was Glidden speed wall semi-gloss interior paint in the color wood smoke. I always recommend using semi-gloss or at least satin paint when painting furniture. The reason is that its easy to wipe and clean up. Flat paint holds onto dust and when you wipe it you can tell where you cleaned.
Once the paint was dry I placed painter’s tape where I didn’t want to get gray paint. The stencil that I used to decorate the desk I made with my silhouette cameo cutting machine. I ordered thick plastic stencil material and cut the design out using the machine. It was really easy to do, I didn’t take pictures of that part though.
After stenciling the whole desk and the little part in the front, I let it dry. When it was completely dry I then used a clear coat to protect the painted design. Since I was going to be using the desk every day It was important that it was durable.
Finally, I was done! I was very satisfied with the end product. You can see all the steps I took, and what products I used below.
The Full Steps For This Desk Makeover Were:
- Clean and wipe down all surfaces to be painted.
- Let the cabinet air dry and then paint on the primer.
- Once the primer is dry, do a light coat all over.
- Once that coat is dry go one with your second coat.
The Tools I Used Were:
- Glidden Speedwall Paint In White and Gray
- Spray Paint Gun
- Painters Tape
- 1″ Paint Brush for small areas
- Clear Coat Protective Paint
- Tarp to set under the cabinet
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