How to Paint an Old Desk with Premier Paint

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A few months back I spotted this desk in my grandparents’ basement while storing a few things and I immediately fell in love. When I learned that it actually belonged to my mom when she was a teenager I knew that I wanted to restore it and turn it into something that I can use in my new home. I decided that a fresh coat of paint and colour update was exactly what it needed and decided to use Premier Paint from Canadian Tire to bring it back to life!

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The desk was so pretty but definitely needed a little bit of TLC to fix it back up and restore it to how lovely it used to be and I knew it would take a little work. I decided to go with the Premier Active line because it has primer built in, which means less work in the long run, and great coverage. It’s also stain resistant, something that will definitely be useful for a desk.

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Looking for a fun DIY project of your own? Follow these steps to paint an old desk (or other furniture)of your own; you can use a piece you have kicking around or try checking out garage sales and buy & sell groups on Facebook to find something that will fit into your home.

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  1. Sand! The desk that I used already had paint on it, so I had to remove this before I could paint. Use a coarse grit sandpaper (I used 80) to break through and remove the existing paint or varnish. An electric sander is great for this and definitely makes the job easier. Afterwards, I went over everything with a fine grit (220) sandpaper to finish and prime the wood for painting.
  2. Clean the desk up. I used a vacuum to remove sawdust from the area so I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting into the paint and used a damp cloth to wipe down the desk and remove any dust from it.
  3. Prep the area! Make sure you cover anything nearby that you don’t want to get paint on so you don’t have to worry about accidents. Garbage bags work great for this in a pinch!
  4. Paint! I got to work with my Premier Active Paint from Canadian Tire in three shades (I used the shades Shy Rose, Powder Room & Charming Rose). You don’t need to prime the surface with this paint so I could get right into it. Make sure you paint all visible surfaces, including the top of the drawers and sides as they’ll be seen when pulled out. I went with two coats to maximize the look of the paint and it turned out great!
  5. Apply hardware to finish the look off. I picked up these great jeweled knobs at Canadian Tire and decided to keep the original handle for the long drawer as a nod to the original desk.

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What do you think of my desk makeover? Do you have any fun DIY projects in the works? If you decide to try to paint an old desk I would love to hear about it!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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  • The Precious Mommy

    This is so very lovely! I don’t consider myself super creative or handy but I think I could pull this off too! Great job

  • Star Harford

    I think your desk is so lovely. Its really special that it used to be your mums too. You have inspired me to give painting furniture a try

  • Lavanda Michelle

    This is very pretty and it seems simple enough. However knowing me I might need help. I love the before and I adore the after.

  • THIS IS SO CUTE! You did such a good job – you have a super cute new workstation… I’m kinda jealous! Wanna come round and do mine?! ha!

  • I love how this turned out!

  • Carol Ivy Mitchao Estore

    I would definitely love to have a desk like yours and may expect it to help me with my productivity lol! Love how it turned out and thanks for sharing!

  • Venus Fitness And Lifestyle

    What a cute idea, this would be adorable in a little girls room. A great idea for my sons room in the future. I love revitalizing old furniture.

  • Lexi Mary

    Wow wonderful idea of repainting an old meuble, it turned out pretty! did you do it by yourself?if just you’re amazing, in my case I would probably ask for help. But great tips though!

  • Foreign Rooftops

    You did such an incredible job with this one! It looks amazing! I love how you painted the drawers in three different colors! So creative! I painted a desk before but I was too lazy to sand it and the paint literally fell off after a week! ahahah

  • braveandb

    Wow love this DIY! It ended up amazing!

  • Dawn

    i love the creativity here — it turned out awesome too! i want to do this with one of my bookshelves 🙂

  • Luci Cook

    Super cute desk. I repainted my make up desk a couple of years ago and I loved it that I could costume make my own desk.

  • Stella Evans

    I love what you did with that desk! Super cute!!! I have an old desk that I might need to makeover!

  • Elizabeth O

    Wow!! I really like how you choose colors in to your old desk. It looks so cutie. I like the color schemed.