Desk Makeover-Before & After!!

So I’ve been looking for a desk forEVER and I finally found one on craigslist for 30 bucks!

Granted it looked a lot better online then when we picked it up, I knew it had potential! I wanted a corner desk (room saver) and every one I saw was at least 500. No thanks! So with a little work I think it turned out just perfect!


Told you it was in BAD shape. My neighbor was like what in the world…haha!

First things first is to SANDDD! Electric sander…yes please!

Then I wiped it all down and gave it a good coat of primer and then 2 coats of black paint. I used my paint sprayer of course-such a time saver! For more details on painting check out my kitchen post. I was to lazy to sand in b/w each coat of paint, but I think it will be fine!
We took off all the hardware, and I gave them 2 coats of heirloom white spray paint.
OH YES and we tore off that nasty backing and put on some leftover bead board from the kitchen. Yes we glued pieces together. haha!

The after shot!! What do you think?

i LoVe bead board!

Now it’s time to move all my craft stuff out of the closet/all over the house and into the desk!
Hopefully I’ll have more pic’s this weekend!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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79 comments on “Desk Makeover-Before & After!!”

  1. Kendra@My Insanity Reply

    Wow! Great deal & great work! It looks like a million bucks!

  2. Nikki@KreativeKnack Reply

    GORGEOUS! Love the bead board!

  3. It's gorgeous! You did an amazing job refinishing this!

  4. That's beautiful!! I love beadboard too. I'd put it everywhere if I could. Great find.

  5. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living Reply

    Wow what a great deal! Your desk looks gorgeous, you did a great job on the transformation!

  6. Are you sure you didn't just buy a black desk to pass it off as an after?? I'm KIDDING!! It really looks like a totally different desk. Awesome job!!

  7. The Oxford Family Reply

    This turned out great!

  8. This is impressive! Post pics after you get it all put together!

  9. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} Reply

    Fantastic makeover! I love the bead board. This will be a lot of fun to craft on!

  10. Megan @ Reply

    Wow! That looks amazing!

  11. Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! Reply

    Wow! Love it! I would really like to see this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Please link it up if you have time. Rory

  12. Your desk looks FAB! Great job!!!

  13. Sam & Amber Daley Reply

    That looks awesome!!!

  14. Brady and Brittany Reply

    Oh my gosh I love it!!!!!

  15. wow amazing job! It looks brand new!!

  16. That looks fantastic!!

  17. How awesome! You did a great job!

  18. Such a great transformation. The bead board is genius and it looks so high end.This is inspiring work.

  19. Excellent! Wanna come work at my house?

  20. Looks great! Love the beadboard!

  21. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! Can you make me one please;)

  22. That takes vision. Nicely done.

  23. Reply

    Wow, it looks fabulous! Congrats on getting the desk you wanted at such a fantastic price.

  24. Jessica @ Me and My Bucket Reply

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! Seriously, that looks sooooo high-dollar!! You are amazing, thanks for linking up!!


  25. It looks beautiful.

  26. The bead board is great! Love the black. Gotta run to Craigs list.

  27. Let me just tell you you did an awesome job fixing that up! I'd love that! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales~Party Time Thursday!


  28. Whoa, nice job1 Talk about a perfect desk. even if it did take a whole lot of work!

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session over at Life in the Pitts.

  29. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions Reply

    It looks great! A brand new desk! I love the beadboard on the back, too.

  30. Wow!! You are sooo talented. That desk is gorgeous! I'm digging the beadboard :)

    I found you on New Friend Friday! Hope you can follow me back, too!

    Have a great weekend!

  31. WOW! That looks great! :)

  32. Funky Junk Interiors Reply

    Wow is the first thing that came out here. This is sooo impressive! You've done a serious update to an old classic. Enjoy your new office! The beadboard addition is amazing.

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  33. gongyandsquish Reply

    WOW! That is an amazing transformation! Great job!

  34. You have been featured @ PonyTails&FishScales! Grab an I ROCK button from my blog!

  35. Beth@The Stories of A to Z Reply

    I think you did a fantastic job! Love it!

  36. Wow, that turned out beautiful!!

  37. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble Reply

    What a great job!! Love it!


  38. I'm a follower!

  39. Great job. You are truly amazing and full of talent!!

  40. This is beautiful.

  41. Kara@ Creations by Kara Reply

    I love beadboard! It turned out just beautiful!

  42. The Autocrat: Haley Reply

    Totally love it!! I NEED to go buy one of those paint sprayers!! The desk is fabulous!

  43. Beverly @ Reply

    That is an impressive transformation! I love it!

  44. What an awesome transformation, all that sweat equity paid off!

    Visiting from Reinvented

  45. Jennifer Juniper Reply

    I would never guess that this was the same piece!

  46. HoosierHomemade Reply

    Oh My! That desk is amazing! You did such a great job!
    Thanks for sharing!

  47. ★All Thingz Related★ Reply

    It's beautiful! I love beadboard too!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

  48. so very awesome! love. love.
    thanks for linking up at "AP Tuesdays!"

  49. Leslie, the Home Maker Reply


  50. a little lovely Reply

    that looks amazing! i really need to find something to use bead board on. i love that look :)

  51. just wanted to let you know i featured this post today. thanks again for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

  52. The Pennington Point Reply

    A. Mazing. No THAT'S a real trash to treasure story. I love it! Lisa~

  53. Looks great!!! I LOVE bead board too!

  54. It looks amazing! I want one too! I love the black with the white knobs.

  55. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  56. Ashley @ Bride on a Budget Reply

    Wow. That desk is gorgeous! I want one.

  57. You did a fantastic job! I love it:).


  58. I would guess that's probably up there on the best $30 you've ever spent! The desk looks AWESOME!!!

  59. MarLin Photography Reply

    Sooo love it! I've been looking for a desk forEVER too and as my mom says I have champagne taste with a discount beer budget (lol). I will be revisiting craigslist and freecycle for sure now. Great job!

  60. Ms.Cupcake (aka Becky) Reply

    LOVE this post! Great info and your transformation is lovely! Hope you have a lovely day! Come say HI on my blog anytime! Love to have you there!

    xo Becky

  61. Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks Reply

    that looks fantastic!

  62. Domestic Bliss(ters) Reply

    Super cute!

  63. AWESOME job!!! You did GREAT!

  64. I love the desk! You did an awesome job. I love the beadboard too. It really dressed it up alot.

  65. Excellent job. The black really spruced that desk up. It looks like a good quality piece. Be pleased with yourself, that's great! Tracelaine from

  66. What an amazing transformation. Was this just laminated or is it real wood? I don't know if I would have been brave enough to try this based on the before pictures, but now I might take a second look at those really beat-up finds.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    April @

  67. OMG!!! It looks so good!! I’m so jealous! I’ve been looking for a L shaped desk forever for my scrapbook room! (new homeowner and finally get my own craft room)! It looks amazing and so similar to my vision!! Thanks for giving my hope back! haha Amazing job!

  68. OMG!!!!!!! I can’t believe this is the same piece of furniture. I know that person is kicking himself on Craigslist. This is beautiful. I wish I had vision like that. I have an antique table and chairs I was gonna sell at a yard sale. Know I am thinking could I do that well refinishing it. Thanks for the inspiration and God Bless.

  69. Love it, what a great job. I just informed my husband that we are redoing his desk…. he said good deal. Thanks for the insparation!

  70. Skye ~ Creative Chaos Reply

    Wow! Awesome makeover!! I know what you mean about corner desks >..< ) and need a fair amount of tlc, but a good cleaning and putting them back together was all I could manage. And truthfully… you can't see it beneath the mountain of craft supplies piled on top anyhow ;) LoL When the time comes for me to move to a different place ( and hopefully have a separate room for working ) I'm keeping this makeover in mind !!

  71. You really did an awesome job

  72. This looks so good! Inspiring.

  73. This is just so cool. Love the after version.

  74. This looks awesome. How do you protect it from scratching? I have a desk almost just like this I would love to paint – but I’m afraid it will look bad after regular use from scratching/chipping. Would love your tips!

  75. Loved the yellow chalk painted table !!!

  76. Thanks for the information.

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