Tutorial: Super simple desk makeover

By Jimmy Loughran 02-03-2011

Yesterday we sent out two great tutorials in our March edition News from the Nest, and today Aussie interiors blogger Sarah from abeachcottage.com is sharing a fantastic tutorial on making over her old computer desk with a bit of oilcloth. Check out the tutorial below to find out how to do it yourself!

Finished piece

What you'll need

  • An old computer desk
  • A large piece of oilcloth (try Avoca,  Murphy Sheehy or Cath Kidston at Dundrum)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

Difficulty level

Easy. In Sarah's words "It really couldn’t have been much simpler either - buy some oilcloth, wrap it around a table/desktop and bob’s your uncle"

Step one

As you can see, the surface of the desk above has suffered the wear and tear of daily use in a family home. Turn your desk upside down and lay the main desk piece face down on the underside of the oilcloth.  If the oilcloth has a repeating pattern be sure to place the desk piece carefully in line with the pattern.

Step two

Cut the oilcloth around the shape of the desk, leaving a generous amount of extra oilcloth for folding. Repeat for each four sides of the desk.

Step three

Work around each side, fastening the oilcloth down with a staple gun. Make sure the oilcloth is pulled taut for a neat result.

Step four

Remove excess oilcloth with a stanley knife or scissors, and then make a neat fold at each corner, securing with the staple gun.

Step five

Adorn your desk with gorgeous decorations - and voila! You've got a stylish new workspace.


A super simple makeover project with a stunning result! Sarah's desk is a great example of upcycling done right - for more fabulous DIY tips and tricks, visit abeachcottage.com

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