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Mini Desk Makeover with Rust-oleum

I have wanted to repaint my office desk for ages. It is such a stunning old desk that was painted white but the paint has started chipping off and it actually looked pretty funky. For some reason my children started using it as paper and all of them (teen included) write on it, there are maths sums and words written randomly all over it. 

It was time to give it a little make over!

I am all about the short cut life and will always look for the easiest way to do something. The paint was peeling off the desk fairly easily so I thought that it would be easy to scrape off all the paint before repainting. It was not and so the project took a lot longer than I had planned but I am glad I took the time because the end product came out so nicely.

Tools and products used:

  • Scraper
  • Paint stripper
  • Sandpaper
  • Rust-oleum Painters Touch Paint and Primer (I used the Satin, Ivory Tusk)
  • Newspaper, plastic to protect the surface you are spraying on

It is not essential to strip the paint first, we did spray the Rust-oleum onto a few things and every time it worked well so it depends really  on the state of the object you are wanting to cover. If you are going to strip it then add an extra day for the whole process, obviously depending on the size of your project.Desk Makeover with Rust-oluem|HarassedMom

You can get paint stripper at Builders Warehouse or probably any paint/hardware shop. I grabbed the cheapest one and I really don’t think it matters too much. It was the first time I had worked with this stuff and it’s fun to scrape off but the product I picked had a very strong odour, so do it outside or your whole family will be flying high. Basically how it works is, you paint it on, wait until it bubbles and then scrape off. Don’t rush this, the longer it is on the more it bubbles. But don’t leave it too long either, it will dry and you will have to reapply.

It took me a day to get it all off my desk – it was such a mission and the worst part of the entire project. 

Once all the paint is off, sand the entire table. You don’t have to sand it too hard, basically you are just trying to get the last bits of paint off and smooth the surface. 

When you are happy with the surface, wipe it down with some soap and water. Don’t wash it, you can wipe it down with a wet soapy cloth. 

Once it is dry you can spray on the Rust-oleum. This was the best part of the project. It is so much fun spraying the paint on and it is quicker than painting it on. It does take a little practice to get used to the technique of spraying the paint on. You can’t stand too close and the move the can back and forwards – very similar to how you would actually use a paint brush. Desk Makeover with Rust-oluem|HarassedMom

It is advisable to spray outside and place the item on a piece of plastic or paint sheet. 

If you need to do more than one coat, wait for the first coat to dry properly. If you do it outside on a sunny day it really doesn’t take long to dry. 

This was a pretty large desk and I used 2 full bottles of Rust-oleum and then almost a third one. I could have done another coat but I liked the look I was getting from the wood coming through so I left it as it was. 

Kiara and I are loving this product and we have sprayed everything from glass bottles to tins to plastic containers. This specific product works on wood, metal and plastic and is handy to keep around if you like decorating for events and parties etc. 

You can find out more about Rust-oleum on their website or their Facebook page

Our next DIY project is transforming the toy room into a homeschooling room and I can’t wait to use more of this range of product in that transformation. 

Disclaimer: I was sent product in exchange for a review. The thoughts expressed here are, however, my own.




  1. 1 November, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    What a beautiful make over. I’m looking for a similar desk like that so I can repaint it and use as my own desk in the basement. My husband and I are working on our basement for a home office. Beautiful desk you have.

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