Computer Desk Makeover

My first big DIY (that’s, do it yourself) project is finally done. I gave you a sneak peek of our computer desk last week, and am sharing more pictures of the complete makeover today. But before we get to the pics, here’s a quick rundown of everything I did to the desk:

  • Cleaned it off with a damp towel.
  • Sanded it down using 120 grit sandpaper. (I tried both dry and wet sanding.)
  • Primed it.
  • Changed my mind on the paint color a couple of times.
  • Spray painted it…but that took too long so I switched to brush painting.
  • Tried to fix the paint drips but then said fuggetaboutit.
  • Removed the old drawer pulls and added some new ones.
  • Drilled holes for the computer cords with the help of my dad.
  • Used mod podge to line the drawers with scrapbook paper.

Here’s the Before

computer desk


computer desk

And the After

computer desk


computer desk


desk drawer


computer desk


computer desk


drawer pull

Supplies I Used





And Lessons Learned

There were definitely some mistakes along the way, but I’d say it was a pretty good first effort. Here are some lessons I learned along the way…

  • is a great source for cheap furniture and just about anything else you can think of.
  • Before you paint furniture, make sure you give it a good sanding. If not, your paint will pick up all kinds of imperfections in the furniture.
  • There are a lot of sand paper options. In terms of grit numbers, the lower the number, the rougher the sand paper.
  • Primer color matters. The color you use will affect how your paint color turns out.
  • Painting, whether spray painting or brush painting, requires patience—something that I learned the hard way. Try to speed things up too fast, and you may end up with a bunch of paint drips like me.
  • On that note, if you don’t catch paint drips right away, they’re a pain to fix.
  • The cordless screwdriver is wonderful! I had no idea that it could do so much. With all the different drill bits available, it’s quite versatile.
  • Hardware can make a big difference. A change of drawer knobs/pulls can do wonders for a piece of furniture.
  • Using antiquing glaze isn’t nearly as intimidating as it seems.
  • Mod Podge is pretty cool, too. You can use it on just about anything—paper, fabric and furniture. It not only glues stuff, but it works as a sealant as well.
  • Inexpensive, pretty drawer liners seems to be an oxymoron. Scrapbook paper turned out to be a great alternative.
  • I’m not the naturally gifted DIYer that I’d hoped, but that’s ok. Practice makes perfect, right?

What about you…do you have any DIY tips you’ve picked up along the way? What’s your favorite DIY project?

By the way, Stacye and Shannon are the lucky winners of the Shutterfly ‘Give and Get Joy’ giveaway. I’ll be contacting y’all about your prizes.

This post is linked to:
Thrifty Decor Chick: Before and After Party
Decorating Insanity: Furniture Friday


  1. Christine says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way but I liked the before better.

    • The Well-Rounded Home says:

      Ha-ha! No offense taken. After a few months, I kind of liked the “natural” look better myself and ended up starting over with a new desk. (Sorry it took so long for me to respond…somehow I missed your comment when it came through.)

  2. Tamara J says:

    It looks great! I like the drawer liner.

  3. Sylvia says:

    It’s beautiful…you’re so creative.

  4. AJ says:

    WOW! That is a awesome makeover….I LOVE the scrapbook paper idea. Great Job

    • The Well-Rounded Home says:

      Thanks so much! Yes, who knew that scrapbook paper had so many uses. Plus, it’s super cheap to buy–especially if you catch Hobby Lobby’s 50% off scrapbooking stuff sale.

  5. Erica says:

    Perfection! This REALLY makes me want to move up my trip to Canton!