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Easy DIY Desk Makeover With Paint & Stain

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This easy DIY desk makeover will show you the step-by-step tutorial to revamp an old desk into a stylish and functional masterpiece.

This desk was a good find. The top it came with was very warped. By the time I went to take the photos of it, Matt had already taken it off. Putting a new top on a piece like this is very easy. I knew it would be a quick flip. 

desk before

I decided to stain the drawers and the new top and paint the rest of the desk. There were so many cute details on this old desk and it just needed a little TLC and some sprucing up to make it amazing again!


gel stain

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Supplies Used In This DIY Desk Makeover

All-In-One Paint

Walnut Gel Stain

$3 Stain Applicator

New Board For Top

Favorite Paintbrush

Heat Gun


Wood Knobs

Angle Attachment Tool

Steps to this makeover:

  • The first thing I did was sand the entire piece. I sanded the drawers all the way down to raw wood and I scuff-sanded the rest of the piece. To understand the difference between the two sanding options, I wrote a post all about Scuff Sanding vs. Regular Sanding. Make sure to read that post so you know what to do with your next project. 
  • The details on the drawers were so cute but they were broken in some areas so I did remove them. You can create molds to replace them but I didn’t want to do that with this piece. I wanted this to be a quick flip. 
  • Once the drawers were sanded down, I applied my favorite gel stain in the color “walnut“. 
  • While the drawer fronts dried, I applied all-in-one paint to the rest of the desk. I wanted to do a soft white color so I chose the color “Endless Shore“.

wood top

  • While the paint dried, I applied the walnut gel stain to the new wood knobs and the new top that Matt cut down to fit. 
  • TOOL YOU NEED: Once the stain dried on the top, Matt attached it to the desk with an angle attachment. This little tool comes in handy on so many projects. It is under $20 and will pay for itself in no time. The frustration it elevates is worth it alone. 


Watch how this tool works to attach the top to this desk on my Instagram page HERE. It really is a game-changer for projects like this. 

  • When the drawer fronts dried, we added the stained knobs. We put the drawers in and the makeover was complete!

This DIY desk makeover will show you the step-by-step tutorial to revamp an old desk into a stylish and functional masterpiece.

This piece can be used for so many things. 

left side

It would make a great vanity.

right side

It would make a great entry table.

desk top

And obviously, it would make a great desk for an office, bedroom, college dorm room, etc. 

This was such an easy makeover. It is so fun to find projects that you can see the makeover fairly quickly and there aren’t a lot of steps or repairs.

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This DIY desk makeover will show you the step-by-step tutorial to revamp an old desk into a stylish and functional masterpiece.


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