Did you happen to see my $100 DIY office update awhile back?


Well, I got most of my new items at a thrift store, and with a little spray paint, made them much better. I LOVE thrift stores and get so excited when I find the perfect item for next to nothing! THE BEST!Today I’m showing you how I transformed a dated thrift store desk into a glam and modern office desk. Best part is that the desk was only $40, is super sturdy and the perfect size.

I forgot to take a good before photo of the desk (fail), but snapped this one after I already unscrewed the metal legs from the top. As you can see it was a fake wood laminate top and chrome legs. Not the worst thing ever, but not the light and airy look I was going for.

Big thanks to my assistant, Vivienne for helping me move the pumpkins all around the room.

I took the legs to the basement and spray painted them a metallic gold. I love the leg detail and think they look much better gold, but I’m slightly gold obsessed. 🙂


I knew if I followed the exact (no sanding) method that we used for painting our kitchen cabinets, I could paint the laminate top a crisp white, no problem.  I did one coat of primer two coats of paint and am very happy with the results. It’s holding up quite nicely as well.

Desk top after one coat of primer:


After two coats of paint:

And here’s a shot of the final product.


I love this desk so much, and am so proud of my thrift store update!

Have you upcycled a thrift store desk lately? I love seeing the before and afters, so please share your photos with me. 🙂





  1. I follow your blog and just bought chairs with a chrome base that I'd like to spray paint gold. Did you you sand the chrome first (mine are peeling a bit). Also what type of gold spray paint did you use? Thank you!!!

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