MCM Desk Geometric Design Makeover

Picked and Poshed
by Picked and Poshed
3 Materials
8 Hours

I love midcentury modern furniture.

It’s very on trend right now.

Many fans of MCM furniture prefer it in its natural wood state so when I thrifted this one I knew I wanted to leave some wood elements and add some paint in a combo.


I love color and layering and blending on furniture but I can also appreciate wood tones and a more sleek design as well.

For this project I used paints and supplies I had on hand.

I painted the entire base of the desk in a terra cotta and the top two drawers in a solid complimentary color.

On these drawer fronts I knew I wanted to incorporate some type of geometric design in with the wood.

I just sit the handles in place to keep their positioning in mind while I taped off design ideas.

I liked this pattern pictured and decided on four colors to paint these taped off areas.

These are the supplies I used for the design (a couple brushes aren’t pictured)

One brush for each different color of paint. I used two coats of each color letting them dry in between coats.

After two coats of paint

Once I removed the tape I took this Wise Owl furniture salve and salved the drawer. Look how it brought that dry wood back to life on those top drawers!

That wood grain is so good.


A MCM desk with a sleek new design.

Find me on Instagram decorating and painting everything.

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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Apr 28, 2022

    This make-over is absolutely gorgeous. Love all the colors and the way you chose to do the drawers. A great piece to display anywhere in the home. A job well done.

  • DN DN on Apr 30, 2022