Most college students have their iPad or laptop handy and probably don’t use a desk top computer. However, most of the study material is hard copy and a dorm room desk would definitely come in handy.
I have seen so many desks and entertainment centers given away free on craigslist.com and I believe with this idea you can jazz up your dorm room and make it a place you actually want to study in.
Back to School Desk
Color Palette: For high traffic furniture I always recommend a fresh coat of Satin Enamel paint – It has high durability, will accept the next layer of paint well and is easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
Desk Base Coat: Polar Bear (Behr: Interior – Satin Enamel 1875) Lighter Pink: Pink Chintz (Behr: Satin Enamel 100B-4) Hot Pink: Springtime Blossom (Behr: Satin Enamel 100B-5)
Personalize an old school desk with fun colors and patterns that will make any student want to sit down and do their homework. Simple color blocking and a classic diamond pattern with two tones of color make this a fun afternoon project for both young and old.
1″ ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape w/EdgeLock
Paint tarps & paint rags
Measuring tape, pencil
1” & 2” angled paint brush, 2” square brush
6” foam roller, 9” roller, paint tray, can opener
12” speed square or 18” ruler will be helpful
Starting with a wooden school desk – select two tones of the same color – in this case a strong hot pink and pastel pink. “Color-block” the drawers by painting half in one color and the other half in the second color. Feel free to alternate colors in the drawers or place the adjacent – as you see fit for your design.
Paint the top of the desk in the lighter pink shade and let it dry completely.
Once the paint on top of the desk has dried, line out the diamond pattern and mask out with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape w/EdgeLock (2080 EL). Note that you may have to do a little math to divide out the desk top and determine what spacing you’d like.
TIP: How to create your design
I like to render it into a computer
Before doing any work on the desk play with dimension and design. Play with the lay out by taping out a few diamonds.
Follow the artist’s rule of dividing your canvas into thirds. Divide the top of the desk into three, and then divide each of the three sections in half. This will give you evenly spaced peak points for your diamonds. Start your layout in the center of the middle column to ensure the design is centered on the desk and work your way out toward the edges. Once it is laid out, mask out along drawn lines and paint using a foam roller for a smooth and even finish.
Use a foam roller for a nice even application. Foam rollers don’t pick paint back like a regular nap roller
Let paint dry well before applying next coat. It’s always better to build up coats as opposed to applying a thick layer of paint. Paint applied in one thick coat will have a tendency to sag, droop or drip.
Once the paint has fully dried, gently pull tape back by angling the edge at 45 degrees to reveal crisp edges, lines and corners.
6. Expect to apply two coats of paint.
Changing the drawer pulls when working on a piece goes a long way with the final impact of reviving ANY piece.