DIY Metal Teal Desk Makeover with Glass Top
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Amazing DIY Teal Metal Desk Makeover: Fun DIY Home Office Ideas

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How to cheaply makeover a metal tanker desk

We love DIY projects!! Let us show you how we were able to create a budget-friendly home office with this DIY teal metal desk makeover. This teal desk cost under $100. You may even be lucky enough to be “gifted” one of these desks. Therefore, the only things needed would be: spray paint, glass top and fabric.

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How to do a DIY metal desk makeover

I am the first one to always find a thrill in finding something that can be repurposed. Learning how to turn an old metal desk into a dream desk was not only budget-friendly but looked awesome! In addition, it is good for the environment when we can repurpose furniture instead of buying new pieces! Who doesn’t love that?!

This post from Good Housekeeping gives other ideas for your next upcycled project! Ahhh…future projects await!!!

My husband and I found this old metal desk and our local Re-Store (a store that sells used home decor items and profits go toward Habitat for Humanity) for $25.

I also provided tips on how to score free or cheap items in Facebook groups and other places in this post.

Fun Home Office Makeover

Upcycled Desk Problems: Issues with our old metal desk

1. The top of the desk was really beaten up and scratched. Even after spray painted, the top looked HORRIBLE!

2. This tanker desk is REALLY heavy. Luckily we own a truck and have some strong friends. If you find a desk like this then you will most likely need two people to lift it.

How to fix the top of the old metal tanker desk cheaply?

We had to come up with something that could go on top of the desk and still have that retro feeling after we spray painted it this nice teal green color. My husband and I thought about a wood top, but that just didn’t seem to work. Together we ended up finding this awesome blue and teal fabric at our local fabric store.

Redone Metal Desk Top
I love this blue and teal fabric design.

While it would have been nice to only have the fabric, that just wasn’t a practical desktop to use. First, we went to our local glass shop and had a piece of glass cut and edges beveled to the same size as the top of our desk.

Next, we carefully placed the glass on top of the fabric. Using double-sided tape in the corners of the fabric really helped so that it would not slip when placing the glass on. This really added to our office space to make it truly unique on a budget.

Turn an old metal desk into a great piece for the home office.
The glass top on a redone metal desk.

Other tips to redo an old metal desk into a desk and office space:

-Before spray painting, tape the metal ring around the desk. In addition, drawers need to be removed. It took 2 solid coats of color spray paint with a primer built-in like this spray paint linked here.

-Some handles were missing when we purchased this old desk, so we found some new ones at our local hardware store that we knew would work.

Spray Painted Tanker Desk for the Win!

I love using different spray paints to transform old pieces of furniture or household items like I did in these terra-cotta pots and a FREE playhouse for my little kids!

A lot of my DIY projects just use materials and paints I have bought for other projects. This makes some of my repurposed or upcycled projects almost FREE when I go to do them.

DIY Teal Metal Desk Makeover

Decorate your new & fabulous home office

If you love our eclectic home office, you can shop for some of the items (and like items) in our home office here!

I was able to score some amazing desk accessories from my local Homegoods Store. However, here is a similar caddy if you are an avid online shopper and just need to get your DIY teal desk organized. I also used ceramic pots I had made in college for pen storage. Any ceramic container would work!

You could even marble your own ceramic mug for or containers for storage using your leftover spray paint!

Also, adding a fun rug under your colorful tanker desk is sure to make your room stand out and be unique! I just love it when I am able to create a very unique space for my home while staying within a budget!

It was really fun to turn an old dining room into a fun home office space. Thank you for visiting our site and learning how you can create a home office and art studio of your dreams with a DIY teal metal desk makeover.

Art Studio and Home Office DIY ideas

We would love to hear from you on any of your DIY projects and how your DIY home decor projects have turned out. We cannot wait to hear about your home projects and ideas.

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Picture of teal metal desk makeover in art studio and home office with wording DIY Dream Office Space

We hope we inspired your next upcycled desk project and DIY home office!

Hello! My name is Erin and I am a DIY nut. Currently, I live in Ohio with my beautiful family. I am an artist, teacher and lover of all things DIY. I hope this site inspires you to become a DIY nut!


  • thediyhomegirl

    Looks great! The glass top is really smart too. I may have to do that in the future with mine. Those tanker desks are super heavy, but it’s great to have a really sturdy piece of furniture. Thanks for visiting my site!

    • Erin

      Thank you for visiting my site. I came across your site when I was trying to find other “diy-ers” like myself. I am new to the blogging world and would love any tips or ideas you may have for someone getting started!

  • Nico

    What a great color AND great matching fabric to boot! Can you show a before picture of the desk? It would help show how even a possibly-beat-up looking piece can be made beautiful. What a great makeover!

    • Erin

      Hi Nico! Thanks for visiting my site! Unfortunately, we gave this desk a makeover before I decided to give this whole blogging thing a try. I am kicking myself for not taking before pictures of all of my projects. I may come across one on a different computer and if I do, I will be sure to share. Also, the next time I take the glass off to clean, I will take a picture of the top spray painted so you can see how it would not have been a suitable writing surface! Again, thanks for visiting!

      • Sheila

        I have a desk that I am making over too. Yours turned out so gorgeous! May I ask how much the glass top cost? Also, what type of glass shop does this? Is it the type that does auto windshields?

        • Erin

          Hi Shelia! Thank you for your kind words. I still love this desk (as I sit here right now). The glass was around $65 and the glass was from a local shop that does shower doors and they will even cut glass pieces for frames. I believe the shop mainly focuses on residential projects. Maybe google glass shower doors or residential glass service to see if there is anyone near you. Good luck. I would love to see your finished desk!

  • Skyler

    What an adorable desk! I love the color. A metal desk would add a great unique feature to an office. Great DIY and thanks for sharing! I’ll pin for later.

    • Erin

      Hey Jeanne. Great question. It took a little bit of effort to have one person hold the ends and then the weight of the glass holds the fabric in place. So it is a little bit of a pain to clean if you want to take the glass top off of the desk. I am also able to lift the glass and then just adjust the cloth before putting it down. I hope that helps. We first tried using double-sided tape in the corners and it worked for the first time, but we found it is just easiest to have two people gently place the glass on the fabric and then adjust each side as needed by lifting that side of the class carefully. Thanks for the comment and for liking our DIY teal desk!

    • Erin

      Hi Taylor. I was very lucky with my metal desk. The metal drawers seemed to slide very easily, so mine are on smooth tracks and not very loud. We even did remove them all to spray paint. Maybe check the tracks to see if things are gliding well or even add little cabinet stoppers to see if that helps with the metal desk drawers banging together. Good luck with your metal tanker desk makeover!

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