Before you get started, choose a color scheme that works well with the fabric you have selected, so the finished desk has a more cohesive look.

Step 1


Clean Desk

Clean the surface of your desk with a household cleaner to remove any dirt, etc.

Step 2


Smooth Surface

Use medium-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the entire surface to smooth out any irregularities. This will help the paint to stick to the surface. 

Step 3


Clean Residue

After sanding, wipe down with a slightly damp cloth to remove any debris from the surface.

Step 4



Using a roller, cover the surface with an even coat of primer. For smaller surfaces, like the legs, use a foam or bristle brush. If necessary, cover any brush marks with an additional coat.

Step 5



Wait for the primer to fully dry then begin applying the paint, starting with the top.

Step 6


Paint Accents

While waiting for the top of the desk to dry, begin painting the legs. In this case, multiple colors were used for the legs to create a more youthful design. Use painter’s tape when painting any detail areas to block the paint from unwanted areas.

Step 7



Wait for paint to completely dry, and add an additional coat if necessary. Remove painter’s tape. Then measure the surface that will be covered with fabric. In this case, the side surfaces are measured for fabric.

Step 8


Cut Fabric

Add at least one inch to that measurement then mark your fabric to that size and then cut it. We added one inch since there was an overhang that the fabric could be tucked under to form a uniform line.

Step 9


Attach Fabric

Apply a thin, even coat of Mod Podge to the side surfaces where fabric will be applied. Attach fabric and smooth surface over with your hand, removing any air bubbles or wrinkles.

Step 10


Tuck It Under

If you have added extra length to tuck underneath, apply glue on the underside of the desk, and attach overhang fabric. Let dry.

Step 11


Create Shapes

Cut fabric circles in varying prints for the top of the desk. We used a polka dot pattern to mimic the polka dots in the fabric used on the sides.

Step 12


Attach Shapes

Cut circles in various sizes and attach to the desk’s top surface with Mod Podge. 

Step 13


Seal It

Once finished, apply a topcoat to seal the fabric, and provide a more even work surface. Wait for the top coat to dry, and your new desk is ready to use!