DIY Home Office Ideas – Painting a Desk

DIY Home Office Ideas - Painting a Desk

Looking for DIY home office ideas? Try painting a desk. Give an old desk a fresh and updated look, or buy a cheap wooden desk and paint it to give it a modern appeal.

If you have an old desk or breakfast table in an outdated finish give it new life with a few coats of glossy paint. In this home office, we gave a vintage knee-hole desk a splash of color with a pistachio green paint. Painting a desk in a bright color will make it a focal point in a room. This works great for desks with a sculptural or geometric shape. Alternatively, painting a desk in a dark or light neutral color will help it to blend in. This is a good technique for larger or heavier-shaped desks or over-sized pieces like a high back secretary.

In this home office layout, the light bright green color of the painted desk allows it to take center stage. An upholstered desk chair with a buttoned back and neutral grey linen fabric compliments the traditional style of the desk. While a mid-century lamp and geometric rug gives the look a modern twist.

Add an accent wall in a complimentary dark color for contrast and to create a backdrop. This will highlight your painted desk and complete the look.

This DIY home office idea was created with the RoomSketcher App. First, draw up the floor plan area you plan to use for your office. Then, drag and drop your doors and windows into the floor plan. Add your furniture, and using the Replace Materials feature, you can change the color of your furniture to find just the right hue before you start actually painting. Smart and efficient.

New to RoomSketcher? Learn how you can plan your office design with RoomSketcher.

Frankie Elmquist
Frankie Elmquist is an interior architect and home design specialist. She’s worked around the globe for some of the top design firms in the world and now she brings her expertise to you.

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