Desk Makeover




A home office with walls painted in a gray hue. The desk is a deep bold blue color with the legs in a vibrant yellow hue. The chair of the desk is a muted coral with a floral-patterned upholstery.

Are you ready to update your home office but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money? An easy fix is a quick color refresh by upcycling an old desk or chair. You may already have something at home that needs a make-over, or unique options could be found at a local consignment store.

The color palette chosen for this project was inspired by a piece of bright floral fabric found at a craft store.

A top view of four paint cans with no lids. Colors shown inside are blue, yellow, coral and gray.

Paint Colors:

Desk: Compass Blue MQ5-54

Desk Legs: Celebration MQ4-13A

Chair: King Salmon M180-05

Wall: Campfire Ash N320-1

An image of three product cans showing the labels of the products mentioned below.


Furniture / Paint: Behr Premium® Cabinet & Trim Satin Enamel

Furniture / Primer: Behr™ Kitchen, Bath & Trim Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer

Wall / Paint: Behr Ultra® Scuff Defense ™ Interior Extra Durable Flat

With any furniture makeover, you will want to start by cleaning, lightly sanding, and priming. When you are ready to paint, use a sponge roller on flat surfaces for a smooth finish. Always let the paint dry completely before applying a second coat.

An old black home office desk that has some dents and scrapes.
A desk painted in a deep bold blue color with the legs in a vibrant yellow hue.

A deep bold blue combined with the vibrant splash of yellow gives this desk new life. Compass Blue suggests richness and depth while Celebration feels like the life of the party.

An old home office chair. The styling and frame of the desk looks outdated and is upholstered in black leather that is cracking and worn.
A chair painted in a muted coral and upholstered in a lively floral pattern.

The muted coral, King Salmon is a complimentary color and brings a softness to the room. The floral pattern for the upholstery has a lively playfulness.

With some paint, upholstery and decorative accents the furniture becomes the focal point in the room. It is all that is needed to make the space feel fresh and vibrant.

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Colorfully Yours,


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