Ready for a good old-fashioned furniture makeover today?

Follow along, and I can show you how to paint your own old furniture!

I have a bunch more painted furniture pieces on deck to share with you, but today let’s start with this lovely antique desk.



Beautiful antique desk but needs some TLC!


DIY Painted Desk

This old desk was a Facebook find.

I was in love from the moment I saw its tiny little picture on my phone!

It had all its original hardware (score!) and this beautiful burled wood veneer on parts.

It was solid and sturdy but had a few places of chipping veneer and missing trim.

All of this made it the perfect candidate for a DIY paint job.

I knew paint would be able to cover up those little faults and make this desk shine again!

How to Prep Old Furniture for Paint

Prepping a great, old wood piece like this is easy!

1) Quickly Clean It: The first step was to give it a cleaning with Fusion’s TSP

TSP removes any buildup of grease and grime (why is this important? See why here).

2) Lightly Sand It: After it dried, I lightly scuffed it with 180 grit sandpaper. 

BUT NOT the drawer fronts.

Why not sand the drawer fronts?

Well, I decided to keep those unpainted to highlight that beautiful burled wood veneer.

It was still in great condition.


DIY Furniture Painting Steps

My favorite paint to use for this kind of quick “cover up” job is Fusion Mineral Paint.

Fusion is not a chalk paint, but it works like one. It’s super easy to use and has minimal prep!

I chose the soft gray Little Lamb and gave the whole body of the desk 2 coats of that color.

I wanted to highlight the pretty applique accents a bit more.

So I dry brushed on some of the Fusion white color Raw Silk, just on those spots.

If you want to see more about dry-brushing, you can see that here!

After Photos

Ready for a new look on this DIY painted desk?


The soft, elegant gray color is the perfect contrast to the beautiful, warm wood of the drawer fronts!

And it also covers up all the dings and imperfections this desk had from being loved for so many years.

Now it’s fresh and clean again and ready for many more years of use!

Painted Desk DIY with Fusion Mineral Paint

You don’t always have to paint an entire piece of furniture to give it a new look.

I love leaving some of the original wood finish when I can–and who could resist it when it was so pretty!

Painted Desk DIY with Fusion Mineral Paint

I staged it with some of my favorite yellow flowers for a fresh and bright feel.

Painted Desk DIY with Fusion Mineral Paint

And do you see how dry-brushing on a bit of the white paint helps those pretty carvings stand out more?

DIY Painted Desk Detail

Do you have an old desk you can see giving a makeover?

With a little TLC, those old, wood pieces can look like new again!

All of the paint and products I used for this DIY painted desk project can be found at both of my local Dallas area retail locations, as well as in my online shop.

Thank you for letting me share with you today!

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