How to upcycle a desk

Many people would like to stop buying furniture and start reusing some. If this is your case, you will need some guidelines on how to make your home or office look better without new purchases.

You might also want to know how to upcycle a desk for this purpose. Often, desks bring back memories of one’s childhood or teenage years, so it is impossible to throw them away.

Turning an old desk into a new desk is not that complicated, especially if you are willing to put in some extra work. Furthermore, even the laziest people will appreciate this easy home project because it can be done in about two hours. Once finished upcycling your old desk, you will gain more storage space and make your house or office much more attractive without much effort.

How to upcycle a desk, Zazzy Home

First of all, you have to take a quick look at your desk and see if there are any broken parts. This might happen because the old desk is not as sturdy as it used to be.

In order to solve this problem, you will need some screws or nails, nails being the preferable option because you don’t have to drill anything. You will put the nails or screws into the back panel of your desk to give it more stability and make sure that everything is fixed in place well.

Another option is to buy a wooden pallet and place it on top of two small tables, which you can put under your old desk to raise it up – this will make the surface easier to use. Finally, you can paint the wooden pallets if you like, putting them next to each other directly onto the floor (one.

Once you have finished fixing the desk with nails or screws, you can start thinking about painting it. This is not as hard as it may sound because all you need to do is follow the instructions carefully and make sure that no paint is dripping down onto the parts which should not be painted.

As for the color, you should choose one which corresponds to your own personal taste. If this is too hard of a task, you can always look at various examples online or in magazines to see what kind of colors are used in people’s homes or offices.

Once everything has dried properly, you can start using your new and improved deck. If a brightly painted desk is not for you, there are other choices.

How to upcycle a desk, Zazzy Home

How to veneer an old desk

A great alternative when repurposing an old desk is to veneer it. With a layer of veneer, even the most run-down and worn-out desk can look as good as new.

As the name suggests, veneering is a process by which you cover an object’s surface with thin wood. It is a complex and time-consuming process, but it will definitely produce high-quality results that you will enjoy for years to come.

When we say that this project is complex, we do not mean it in a negative way, but rather that it requires a lot of attention to detail and patience. You can start this project by cleaning the surface of your old desk properly before putting on some glue for veneering.

This assumes that your desk is as flat as possible already. If not, before you even think of putting some glue on it, you’ll need to sand it as smoothly as possible. There’s nothing worse in upcycling than having lumps and bumps below your newly veneered surface!

How to upcycle a desk, Zazzy Home

Once you have applied a thin layer of glue on top of the surface, you need to put the new veneer over it at an angle so that the corners of the veneer are straight once they meet. You can use a hot iron to fix everything in place, but be careful not to apply too much pressure!

Once you have done this, you can relax and let time do its magic. The glue needs at least 24 hours to dry properly, so just keep that in mind before you start this upcycling project. Once it is dried, your old desk will have a brand new surface that looks much more polished than before.

Varnishing an upcycled desk

If you prefer the look and feel of natural wood over fake plastic wood (we don’t blame you), another alternative to make your batter desk look fab is to varnish it instead of veneering or painting.

This is a less time-consuming process since varnishing does not require too much drying time, but it can be messy if you are not properly prepared for this project.

Before putting on the first coat of varnish, you should sand down your desk so that its surface will be smooth and flawless. After this, all you have to do is apply varnish evenly, usually with a paintbrush.

Don’t worry if you cover the surrounding area with varnish as well, since after this first coat has dried, you can remove it easily with some sandpaper and an adhesive remover to make sure that nothing sticks out in an ugly way.

Once your desk is painted or varnished to perfection, it is time for the last step in this upcycling project: using it! You can place anything on top of your old desk, from a lamp to an aquarium, but make sure you do not add any sharp objects since varnish is relatively delicate.

In conclusion, if you want to make something cheap and dull look way more expensive, all you have to do is add some color. You can use paint or varnish for this project, but make sure you choose the perfect shade before starting.

This will not only make your desk stand out from the rest, but it will also give it a classy edge that makes upcycling worthwhile! Not only will the result look fab, but you’ll take extra pride in knowing that you did it yourself. Thus, Upcycling is good for both one’s self-esteem as well as their wallet.

Turning a desk into something else.

Upcycling isn’t just about repainting an item to make it seem new; it is also about taking an existing piece of furniture and using it in a different way.

For instance, instead of turning a desk into an updated desk, why not shorten the legs and turn it into a dining table. Fix an extra leaf if there was any and use the desk as a dining table.

If you don’t want to use the desk as a dining table, you could turn it into a cabinet and use it as such too. Of course, this requires that you do some work on the desk and modify its design completely. First, you need to take out all drawers, including those used for keeping pens and pencils.

Once you have done this, give the whole piece of furniture a fresh coat of paint and attach the knobs back on top. Use it as you’d like to use it or think of something else entirely new that’s worth trying.

Whatever type of desk you own, it is possible to repurpose it in a number of ways. Upgrade the look by painting or varnishing it or turning it into something else entirely. What matters most is that your desk will have an entirely new life now, thanks to upcycling!


Claire is a blogger, writer, and designer with a passion for making the most out of any space. She's worked in interior design and maintenance for over a decade, and has learned how to make the most of even the smallest room. Claire shares her expertise, where she offers tips and tricks for creating beautiful, functional spaces on any budget. When she's not blogging or designing, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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