*Lisa falls over and faints in excitement*
Easily transform an old school desk with vibrant colors using a color blocking technique to create a classic diamond pattern with two tones of color. This back-to-school desk refresh could even be a fun project for parents and kids to work on together!
For high traffic furniture I always recommend a fresh coat of Satin Enamel paint – It has high durability, will accept the next layer of paint well and is easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
Back to School Desk
Student Desk Before
1" ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape w/ EdgeLock
Paint tarps & paint rags
1” & 2” angled paint brush
12” speed square or 18” ruler will be helpful
Desk Base Coat: Polar Bear (Behr: Interior - Satin Enamel 1875)
Lighter Pink: Pink Chintz (Behr: Satin Enamel 100B-4)
Hot Pink: Springtime Blossom (Behr: Satin Enamel 100B-5)
2. Paint the top of the desk in the lighter pink shade and let it dry completely.
3. Once the paint on top of the desk has dried, line out the diamond pattern and mask out with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape w/EdgeLock (2080 EL). Note that you may have to do a little math to divide out the desk top and determine what spacing you’d like.
TIP: How to create your design
- I like to render it into a computer
- Before doing any work on the desk play with dimension and design. Play with the lay out by taping out a few diamonds.
- Use a foam roller for a nice even application. Foam rollers don’t pick paint back like a regular nap roller
- Let paint dry well before applying next coat. It’s always better to build up coats as opposed to applying a thick layer of paint. Paint applied in one thick coat will have a tendency to sag, droop or drip.
5. Once the paint has fully dried, gently pull tape back by angling the edge at 45 degrees to reveal crisp edges, lines and corners.
6. Expect to apply two coats of paint.
- Changing the drawer pulls when working on a piece goes a long way with the final impact of reviving ANY piece.
Student Desk After
Thanks Carmen! This is a great idea to spill up a hand me down/thrift store/had-it-longer-than-I have-known-Husband-it’s-beat- up-and-looking-sad* desk in time for back to school.
*OK, maybe that last one is just me. Seriously, though, I have a freebie student desk that could use a paint job.
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