Habitat ReStore

  • Desk to remodel
  • Paint primer
  • Paint (flat or glossy)
  • Paint brushes and rollers
  • Electric drill
  • Drawer pulls with screws (optional)
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Polyurethane (for paint sealing)


  1. Take drawers out of desk, and take off all hardware. Make sure the desk is clean.
  2. Paint a thick coat of primer on the desk and drawers and let dry completely.
  3. Paint your desk to your liking! We did chalkboard paint on the top, grey as the main color, and white for accents. Feel free to get creative! Let paint dry completely.
  4. If you’re adding drawer pulls, take measurements of where you want the pulls on the drawers. Use a pencil to mark. We had our drawer pulls 5” in from the edge of the drawer with about 9” between the two pulls. Spray paint drawer pulls to match your desk’s color theme.
  5. Drill holes for your drawer pulls.
  6. Put the screws in the holes from the inside of the drawer. Using a screwdriver, attach the drawer pulls.
  7. Paint a coat of polyurethane on entire desk to prevent paint chipping.
  8. Re-attach hardware to the drawers, reassemble the desk, and put it to good work!

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