Flip This: Craft Room Desk

Boy, oh boy, am I excited to share my latest project!  This past weekend my mom and grandparents made the trek to Fayetteville for a visit and to bring my old-school metal desk in grandpa’s SUV. I had big plans for this dated desk and its companion chair and was just itching to get my hands on it.  Here’s a shot of what I mean by dated…


I never thought I’d want that desk-chair pair back when I left it at home after high school, but after pondering the wonders of spray paint, I figured they deserved a second chance.  My project this weekend, then, was to tackle the desk first and see what I could make of it.


I love the combination of white and wood in furniture, so I figured high gloss white Rustoleum would do the trick for the base of the desk and I’d leave the top natural.  First step was to tape paper over the desk top and rough up the metal with sandpaper.


I did all the spray painting outside on a tarp and made sure to take off the drawer handles so only what I wanted white ended up white!  Here’s a shot of how the desk and drawers looked after 3 coats of paint – that’s 2 cans of Rustoleum and some very sore index fingers.


After letting it dry overnight, I re-attached the handles and took the paper off the desk top and ended up with something a little bit like this!


I couldn’t be happier with how the desk turned out.  Best of all, it’s long enough to spread out all kinds of craftiness on top and shallow enough not to crowd out the guest bed.  This is where the crafty magic happens, people!


The best part of this whole “flip” was the price.  One free desk + two $3 cans of Rustoleum + one $2 pack of screws to replace the ones I lost = A whole new desk for about $10!

Thanks so much to grandma, grandpa, and mom for coming to visit and helping me get the craft room on its way!  Stay tuned for my upcoming desk chair flip, including a re-upholstering tutorial…

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12 Responses to Flip This: Craft Room Desk

  1. Holly says:

    I love it!

  2. Brittany says:

    That looks very nice. You always impress me with your handiness.

    We recently redid a desk, too–or, well, we paid to have it redone because neither of us has the patience or will to do it ourselves. I bought a roll-top desk from an antiques place in Little Rock (Carrie’s) last summer. One of Nolen’s high school teacher’s daughter refinishes furniture, and she has been working on it for a few weeks. We don’t have it up here yet, but I’m excited for it!

    Also: the manager from Gordman’s came to my bank the other day and dropped off a handful of 15% off coupons. I picked up a couple thinking you might want one; the coupon’s good until October 14th. I didn’t look too closely, but I don’t think there are any exclusions. Just let me know if you want it!

  3. Casey says:

    Super cute Meredith!! Gurleen has a huge particle board desk that really needs some work, but I have no idea how to paint particle board. It seems like it’d be quite a project. Have any ideas?

  4. Meredith says:

    Thanks girls! Brittany, a Gordman’s coupon is as good of an excuse as any to see the Scaifes, and I’d love to see your desk when it’s done! Casey, I actually painted a particle board dresser in highschool – it had a thin layer of fake wood laminate on top of the particle board, if that sounds similar to Gurleen’s desk. Believe it or not, with a carefully-painted coat of a good primer (KILZ is the best!) and then about 2 coats of a nice thick paint (I used a glossy dark brown), the dresser looked a million times better. And as long as that primer is good, the paint job will last – my dresser is still going strong probably 8 years later. Let me know if you try it!

  5. Lena says:

    Oh Meredith, if I only had your energy levels… It turned out fabulous and I can not wait to see the chair. Wonder what upholstery you have picked out? I bet it will be really cute.

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  7. Meredith says:

    Thanks Lena – I’ll be sure to post pictures of the chair when it’s done!

  8. Milan Balza says:

    Wow! what an idea ! What a concept ! Beautiful .. Amazing … 🙂

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  12. Jane Manning says:

    Your fingers won’t get tired if you use something you can find at Home Depot or Lowe’s. It fits over the spray button on spray paint cans. You pull a lever instead
    of pressing down on the spray button. Works great – cost is only a few dollars – and
    you can use it over and over again. No sore fingers anymore and you don’t get tired,
    therefore paint is spread more evenly. Love it! – find it in the spray paint section.

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