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As you can see from the ‘before’ pictures, this desk has seen better days. A once bold and glamorous piece of furniture, this desk has been through the ringer over the years. While the answer for many with this desk taking up valuable office space would be to toss it in the dumpster and head down to your local furniture store and pick up a brand spanking new desk, there is a better option. With a little bit of love, a couple of hours, and BEYOND PAINT of your choice, you can save this desk from landing in the trash - which will also save you a trip to the store AND money. Sounds good, don’t you think?

Transforming this desk into a modern and sleek piece of furniture was extremely simple, really – anyone could do it. All we had to do was give the wrecked gold top a quick wipe down, pour a bit of Mocha paint color into a tray, and get to work. Because the surface was so beat up we gave the desk two solid coats (with two hours drying time in between coats) of paint, which seemed to do the trick! We really couldn’t be happier with the results; the desk fits so beautifully into the office and has completely changed the entire room.

For this project we went with Mocha, in large part because of how well it pairs with the bright red legs of this desktop. Much to our surprise, the legs were actually in perfect shape, so we were able to leave them as they were, giving the desk the bold and bright feature that we wanted. The combination of Mocha and the red legs was exactly what we had in mind, as the Mocha eloquently complemented the red, resulting in an eye-catching, contemporary focal piece. If you don’t have an old beat up desk lying around chances are you can find one for super cheap at your local thrift store - or maybe you can even go dumpster diving! OK, we are kidding about the dumpster part, but you get the point. This is a super simple project that will leave you with a great, functional piece of furniture that will bring a smile to your face every time you walk into the room. And hey, this is also something you can feel good about, as it means you saved a perfectly fine desk from landing in the dumpster.

What You Will Need

  • Desk or some sort of table with legs
  • The BEYOND PAINT color of your choice
  • Paint brush
  • Dry Cloth

Before You Get Started

If you’ve used BEYOND PAINT before, you know that one of the best features is that they require zero sanding, stripping, or prep work on your end. All you have to do is give the surface you will be painting a quick wipe down with a product like Simple Green, Zep, or vinegar and water to get rid of any dust, dirt, oil or other grime and you are ready to go. Once you’ve found the desk that you want to use make sure the surface is nice and clean (it is hard to see with the gold desk we used, but it is free of dirt!) then you are set to go.


Step 1

If you are doing this project inside (we happened to be in the middle of a Spring blizzard the day we did the gold desk) make sure and put down a drop cloth of some sort in order to protect the floor. After you have your space all set up, it’s time to open the BEYOND PAINT you will be using - we used Mocha.

Step 2

Pour a generous amount into the pain and get a good bit onto fabric roller. Cover the entire surface of the desk, including the sides. If you aren’t painting the legs, do your best to avoid them. If you do happen to get paint on the legs, you can easily wipe it off with a wet cloth, which is also another fantastic benefit of BEYOND PAINT. Let the desktop dry for about 2-4 hours in between coats. As mentioned above, it took us two coats to get the look we were going for.

Once you have applied your coats of paint, allow the desk to dry completely before moving it. BEYOND PAINT exudes an incredibly smooth, uniform finish, EC meaning you won’t have to worry about making any touch ups or about an uneven stroke – since BEYOND PAINT is known for their No Brush & No Roller Marks benefit!

We couldn’t be more excited with the way this desk turned out. It was such a sore spot in the room and made us cringe every time we looked at it. Now, as you can see from the ‘after’ pictures, it fits in perfectly and gives the entire office space a contemporary and hip feel.