Rust-Oleum Projects

Dull to Dramatic Desk

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  • Satin Seaside Desk
    Brighten an Old Desk
  • Small desktop organizer with drawers painted with red chalkboard paint and labeled with chalk
    DIY Chalkboard Desk Organizer
Desk After After
  • Estimated Time

    Approximately 1 hour

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Milk Paint Finish in Navy
    • Wood Desk
    • 2" High-Quality Synthetic Paint Brush
    • New Hardware
    • Screwdriver
    • Sandpaper
    • Drop Cloth
    • Paint Tray
    • Stir Stick
    • Gloves

All it takes is a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware and voila! You've transformed your old, worn out desk into something new again. Milk Paint Finish gives it an updated yet vintage look. 

Step 1: Remove all old hardware.

Step 2: Lightly sand the old finish of the dresser.

Step 3: Gently stir the Milk Paint Finish with a stir stick and apply it do the dresser with a high-quality paint brush using a "V" pattern of brush strokes to maximize coverage.

Step 4: Let the paint dry for approximately 30-60 minutes. 

Step 5: Apply a second coat of paint, if needed, after 1 hour. Let paint dry for approximately 1 hour before handling.

Step 6: Attach new hardware and enjoy!