Trash to Treasure Desk Makeover For A Teenage Boy

Hey friends!  Do your kids study in their rooms?  When ours were younger, we sat them down at the kitchen table so that we could supervise homework, and help if needed.  It was the only way to make sure stuff got done.  Now that they are older, and way more obsessed with their grades than we are, I don’t worry about homework, but  I do want to make sure that they each have a functional workspace.  A couple of years ago I scouted local garage sales for desks.  I found a $10 plain commercial style office desk for child #4, we lugged it up to his room (they are HEAVY!), and it sat until this summer, waiting for it’s trash to treasure transformation.


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Don’t worry, that’s an air soft gun.  I gotta say, the desk was functional.  What else does a 14 year old boy need than a gun, some video games and a stick of deodorant?  ;)


Trash to Treasure Desk Makeover 

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I used DecoArt’s Chalky Finish paint in Carbon for this makeover.  If you are looking for a less expensive chalk style paint that achieves a good quality finish, I highly recommend it.

The first coat of chalk paint is so scary.  I know it’s going to be that way, but I still get that uneasy feeling.

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After two coats I had a beautifully smooth black surface to work with.   To personalize a little, I added my boy’s monogram, and some numbers on the drawers, cuz, farmhouse.

trash to treasure modern desk for a teenager boy

Just in case you thought I was perfect, note the smudge of black paint on the wall, and it will prove that I’m only almost perfect.  ;)  Oops, I’ll fix that pronto.

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After these photos were taken, the entire desk got three coats of satin polyurethane to protect that surface from teenage boys who love air soft guns and video games and need sticks of deodorant.

He has since built himself a computer (I swear you can learn how to do ANYTHING on Youtube), and it pretty much takes up the whole desktop, but he’s a happy boy.

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6 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure Desk Makeover For A Teenage Boy

  1. This looks great! I cannot believe how it started out. I feel the same way about chalk paint…I used it once but freaked out after the first coat :) Luckily the additional coats make me feel better .

  2. What a big difference a couple of coats of paint make. The desk looks great! I love the numbers and your sons monogram, nice touch. If that little dap of black is the only oops, your doing great!

    I remember the first time I tried chalk paint, I was like oh no what did I do. But your right the second cost goes on smooth and covers well.
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  3. I love it your desk turned out great! I just started using chalk paint 1 week now I’ve painted 7 pieces of small funiture & I’m addicted! I love it!

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