Desk Makeover in White and Gold

It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day!  Each month our DIY Furniture Girls group make over a piece of furniture with a theme.  This month our theme is neutral.  A desk that I found at Goodwill is my makeover piece.

This desk is Ethan Allen and is solid in its construction.  The yellow paint is from the factory and the top is laminate.  It was pretty ugly in its before state but  immediately upon spotting it at Goodwill thought that it would be a great candidate for a makeover.

Yellow Desk Before


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!

Desk Makeover - A desk gets a feminine makeover with white and gold paint and glass knobs.


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

Desk Makeover - A desk gets a feminine makeover with white and gold paint and glass knobs.


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

Desk Makeover - A desk gets a feminine makeover with white and gold paint and glass knobs.


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.  (Paint and sealer links are affiliate.)

Herringbone stenciled desk top -


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.  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.

Ethan Allen Desk Makeover - Drawer Detail


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.

I’m working on a chair to go with this desk and they both will be for sale at the May Market that we are hosting at the shop on May 6 and 7.  If you are local, mark your calendar for this event!

Desk Makeover - A desk gets a feminine makeover with white and gold paint and glass knobs.


I would love for you to pin this project for others to discover!

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Desk Makeover - A Goodwill found desk gets a makeover with paint and glass knobs.

You can see all of my Themed Makeover Day projects here.


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.

DIY Furniture Girls


  1. Perfect choice to give life to this dated desk, Paula. It’s so fresh and the stencil makes it fun. Totally pinning!

  2. I absolutely love the top of this desk! I would love to work at this desk. Such a great makeover! You nailed it!

  3. Oh wow, Paula! This turned out gorgeous! It looks like a match to a dresser I made over not too long ago…the yellow really through off my creativity for a bit. You rocked this! XO

  4. Paula, what a transformation! Great job! Everything you did looks fabulous! I would never even know it was the same desk!

    • Sweet Pea says:

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


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

  6. Such a huge improvement! Love the gold stenciling on top and the pretty hardware. You did an awesome job.

  7. Wow Paula, talk about from drab to fab! I’m swooning over the gold herringbone top and the pretty glass pulls. You rocked this makeover girl! Pinning, sharing, swooning ☺

  8. Loving the stencil you used and the knobs and pulls are icing on the cake. Great update!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      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.


  9. Beautiful job, Paula! This desk looks so much better in pure white and gold! <3

  10. 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!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      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!


  11. Such a fresh makeover! Love the stencil on the top!

  12. The stenciling on top was such a surprise, and I just love it! The white and gold are such a classy combo, and really brought the desk up to date!

  13. This is SO cute! It may be my favorite furniture makeover yet! The gold stencil and accents are gorgeous!

  14. I love the gold accents … especially the stenciled top! Beautiful!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. What a cute feminine updated! The gold on white looks amazing!

  18. Great makeover on the desk. I think the man at Goodwill would be surprised!

  19. 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!

  20. 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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