How can I repurpose a computer desk?

by Natalie
I have a black laminate computer desk with pullout keyboard tray that is made of particle board. I have a country chic decor and want to incorporate it somehow.
  9 answers
  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 30, 2016
    I converted one into a gardening bench. It is under a roof so the elements can't get to it. Works beautifully!
  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 30, 2016
    I've heard that you can paint laminate furniture with chalk paint, though I've never done it myself so I don't know how durable it will be. I've been tempted to decoupage a 4 shelf laminate bookcase with Mod Podge and a beautiful wrapping paper that I can't bear to wrap presents in knowing it will get thrown out! (I just love the print). We have a country cottage decor and I've made a sort of drape out of cotton fabric for a black table that was formerly in my daughters room. It's small table and I didn't like the image on the glass top, so I made a dresser scarf and draped it on the table then set the TV/satellite box on top. The print drapes down to the floor covering the black legs/feet and the colors in the print pickup all of the pretty colors of the master bedroom. Just a thought. The potting table that Nancy suggested is a good idea too, during winter/early spring weather, secure a large plastic table cloth (bungee cords work well) to protect from moisture. Check out DIY projects on Pinterest
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 30, 2016
    I would research Pinterest for inspiration on what you can do based on your needs and room space .
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Mar 30, 2016
    Depending on the shape and size, you could use it as a sofa table or display table in front of a window or even repurpose it as a coffee bar or serving sideboard for a porch or patio.
  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 30, 2016
    What a fun way to use chalk paint on a project that needs some help. you could also add trim I have found at the home improvement store there is a lot of fun wood trim and center trims to add. I am going to use drywall compound to stencil a design on my dresser then paint it with the chalk paint. That is if we stop having so much rain. Hope the ideas help. TEresa
  • Tina Tina on Mar 31, 2016
    I have painted over laminate and varnish using chalk paint, however, I found that if you scuff it up a bit with sandpaper first then you paint less coats. wax it well when dry and wax it now and again to keep the paint from getting rubbed off.
  • Whe4688040 Whe4688040 on Mar 31, 2016
    try that new color tape - it looks like duct tape but the strips are thin
  • Mnapers Mnapers on Mar 31, 2016
    Use Pinterest for some ideas, but a laminate can be painted - I'd use sandpaper lightly and Kilz first, a nice even coat as primer and then paint over that. I found that a spray coating of Krylon sealer in a matte or satin finish will make it wear well. Totally do-able.
    • 861650 861650 on Mar 31, 2016
      @Mnapers Great ideas! I have a question. Can you use paint that has primer in it?
  • Mnapers Mnapers on Mar 31, 2016
    I'm thinking PROBABLY, but I don't know for sure, so for myself I'd take the extra step of separate paint & primer just to make sure. Unless the success of your project is not a huge issue. I don't like rework and repair so I want it done the first time.