Desk Makeover in White and Gold

Desks are my favorite furniture item to makeover. For this desk makeover, a pitiful Goodwill found desk was turned into a real gem.

Vintage Ethan Allen desk painted white with gold accents and clear drawer pulls and knobs

Goodwill Desk Makeover in White and Gold

Desks are so useful and one of my favorite furniture items to makeover because they are easy to sell as people are always looking for a desk to use in a home office or for a child’s room.

Before the Makeover- This Desk Needs Some Loving!

I found this desk at the Smith Mountain Lake Goodwill.

It is an Ethan Allen piece and its construction is super solid.  The yellow paint is from the factory and the top is laminate. 

Vintage Ethan Allen yellow desk found at Goodwill

It was pretty ugly in its before state, but immediately upon spotting it at Goodwill I thought that it would be a great candidate for a makeover.

The Goodwill worker who helped Mr. SP load it into our truck thanked him for getting it out of the store.  I’ll bet if he could see it now, he would be surprised!

After – This Made Over Desk Looks So Pretty!

I knew I wanted to paint this desk a neutral white but decided to jazz it up a bit with metallic gold accents.

After cleaning, doing some minor repairs, and sanding the desk, it was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

Vintage Ethan Allen desk painted white with gold accents

The top was stenciled with a Herringbone Pattern Furniture Stencil from Royal Design Studio using  Metallic Gold paint by Ralph Lauren. 

Instead of waxing this piece, I sealed it with  General Finishes High-Performance Top Coat. (I can’t recommend a better top coat! This one is hands down my favorite!)

A made over desk with white and gold paint and glass knobs.

I used this same stencil for a table makeover and the metallic paint for a stenciled wall in our family room.

Herringbone stenciled desk top

The top drawer of the desk and also the two larger ones on the side were accented with the same gold paint used to do the stencil. 

Herringbone stenciled desk top on an Ethan Allen desk made over.

I also accented the grooves in the legs with this paint.

Beautiful glass knobs on a desk made over by

The pulls and knobs are clear glass from D. Lawless Hardware.

Clear Glass Pulls and Knobs on a Desk Makeover.

I love the feminine and antique look that these pulls and knobs give this desk.

Clear glass pulls and knobs used on a desk makeover.

I originally thought that I would line the drawers with paper but later decided that the wood is too pretty to cover.

Drawer detail of a vintage Ethan Allen desk makeover

I’m working on a chair to go with this desk and should have it finished soon.

Vintage Ethan Allen desk made over

If you are a regular here on the blog, you’ve probably noticed that this is the third desk that I’ve made over this year.  I’m finding that I like to work on desks!  I kept this desk and sold this one in my shop.

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A Goodwill found desk gets a makeover with paint and glass knobs

I can’t wait to see what the DIY Furniture Girls share for this month’s neutral challenge.  Click on the links below to see each project shared.


    1. Thanks, Karin! I love how it turned out and hope someone will fall in love with it and buy it soon.


  1. A fun and totally creative makeover. This unique piece will make someone very happy. Awesome job. XO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thanks, Lucy! When the knobs and pulls came in the mail I knew that they would be perfect for this piece. Now I want to use them for something else.


  2. Hey, Paula,

    I love, love the metallic look! You did a great job! I have tried this paint in a much smaller project and think it is wonderful! My daughter would totally love this desk for her room!

    1. My quart of metallic paint has been used for so many projects and it’s still half full! I really do like that product.

      I’m hoping that someone will fall in love with the desk and buy it soon!


  3. This desk looks fabulous!! The gold accents gives it an elegant charm. I’m sure it will find a good home. I would like to invite you to link up to our party, Sweet Inspiration. It starts on Friday and runs until Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

  4. Paula, I am not a huge fan of gold but I have to admit your desk looks gorgeous!! Love the subtle details and the stenciled top, it is really cool!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Paula,
    That is a pretty makeover! First time to comment here & see your blog! I love the desk & plan to check out your other desks, since I have one I need to do. You did a great job! Love the stencil on the top! Isn’t it nice to start out with a quality piece of furniture from the beginning? I’ve worked on some real junkers. I’m surprised that Ethan Allen piece was so hard to move at the Thrift Store. Anyway, lovely job!

  6. Oh My Goodness! You really brought this piece to a state of classiness again! I love, love, love the detail of the top of it, it really took the whole vision up a notch! Well Done! If you feel like joining in one more link party Making Broken Beautiful furniture party is happening right now over at the Curator’s Collection. It runs every Thursday thru Sunday. You do lovely work and I’d be happy to host your talents! I hope you will come and inspire!
    Have a wonderful day!
    The Curator’s Collection & Making Broken Beautiful

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