Farmhouse Desk

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I spent a ton of time working on our office this weekend. One day I think it’s almost done, the next day I am wanting to redo it all again. It’s been a very slow process to say the least. The desk that I was using in the space when I worked from home was pretty beat up, and very much not my style anymore. It was just a simple dark brown, modern desk from Target that I’ve had for years. I’ve been on the lookout for a new one, but spending money on a new desk is pretty low on my list of priorities right now. I decided to try and salvage the old before getting rid of it, and as always, I am so so glad I did.

My plans for this desk were pretty simple. I wanted to paint the body of it white and add a plank wood top, to see if I could turn it into a cute little farmhouse desk. I ran the plans by my husband and we were off to our local hardware store for supplies.


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  • Primer Spray Paint
  • Flat White Spray Paint
  • Saw
  • 4 1×6 White Board cut to 4ft
  • Wood Stain
  • 16 1 1/2 inch Galvanized Common Nails


First I used Primer in a spray can to spray the desk so all of the imperfections were covered.  I then used two coats of white spray paint in flat to spray over the dry primer.


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I let the desk dry overnight, in the meantime we cut a total of 4 1×6 boards to 4ft in length so there would be a little over an inch of overhang on all sides on the top of the desk. After they were cut to size I stained the boards with a dark wood stain and let those dry overnight as well.  Once everything was good and dry, we used 1 1/2 inch nails to nail the boards onto the top of the desk.


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I am not even kidding you when I say this was one of the easiest projects we have done to date, which such an impact! I am in love with my new farmhouse desk! I still cannot believe how simple and cheap this was to salvage. My favorite part of decorating has got to be when I can completely transform something I am about to throw away, into something I fall totally in love with again.


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We also added a little crystal knob to the drawer on the front to give the desk that much more character and make it more functional. I had a great time decorating our office now that I have this adorable desk to work with!


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Now I just want to go find a bunch of old furniture and add a plank top to it! Do you love it? I am already so excited to be sitting at this new desk writing this blog post. I see a lot more time spent in this office now that it is looking so pretty!


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  1. I love this makeover! Don’t you just love it when you take something that you feel like is wrong in every way and make it something that feels right at home?! I’ve been on the lookout for a table that I can do exactly this to. Thanks for giving me hope!

    1. Sara! I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO! Haha! I have been following you for a while because you are so similar to me! So glad you are following now girl 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! The stain I used was Minwax Provincial! That and Dark Walnut are my two “go to” stain colors!

  2. That is a great desk makeover and a lovely room. Totally my favourite colours too. I finished a desk a few weeks ago too. Love your blog name! I’m following along on Instagram and bloglovin’ now. Looking forward to seeing more of your home and projects. Hope you can stop by sometime.

    1. Awe, thank you so much for all of your kind words, I really appreciate you taking the time to visit! I hope you stick around! Xoxo!

  3. I love this! I have been wanting a white desk, and haven’t been seeing a ton that fits the bill but this could open up my options a bit. I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything else until I’m done unpacking, but now I scoured Craigslist.

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