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How to Paint a Desk – A Simple Guide

Giving your desk a fresh coat of paint can mean a world of difference. If you don’t want to spend money on a new desk and you have an old desk just sitting around, or you have your DIY desk, painting it will make it seem like a whole new desk.

It may sound terrifying at first, but painting a desk is not that complicated and with this guide, you will learn how to paint a desk like a professional. It will save you money and best of all, you will feel proud of yourself.

Let’s learn how to paint a desk.

Things You Will Need

Before painting a desk, you’ll need to get a couple of supplies and materials. Maybe you have some of them at home, maybe you need to buy some of them, or maybe you are already prepared with the supplies.

Either way, below you’ll find a list of supplies that you need to have before painting your desk.

  • Paint (your color of choice)
  • Primer
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Medium grade sandpaper
  • Flat brush
  • Wax brush
  • Finishing wax
  • Respirator
  • Polyurethane
  • Cleaning cloth

When you have all the supplies you are now ready for the very first step. Before we begin the first step, it is best if you paint your desk in a garage or a separate room, so you don’t inhale the smells from the paint all day. Another reason is that the paint needs time to dry during the painting process, so it’s best to leave the desk in a separate room.

Step 1 – Preparation

When you know where you want to place the desk, put some oilcloths beneath it so you don’t spray the paint on the floor. If there are some walls near the desk, you should also protect them.

Now that you’ve done that, you should either tape all the hardware on the desk or remove them so you don’t paint them accidentally. It may take a little more time to get them removed than to tape them, but it’s the safer option.

You also need to remove the drawers and place them somewhere near the desk so you don’t forget about them.

Step 2 – Cleaning

Now that you’ve completed the first step, it’s time to move on to the cleaning process. This is a very important step, as in the cleaning process you will remove all the dust and grain that has been sitting on your desk for years. Don’t skip this step.

Cleaning cloth

Take a cleaning cloth and soak it in water just a bit. Don’t soak it too much as too much water that may damage the wood. When you’ve done that, now it’s time to clean the whole desk and the drawers from dust. Do this thoroughly and when you are finished, take a dry cloth and wipe any place that may contain water.

Step 3 – Sanding

Once you are finished with the cleaning of the desk, the next step to take is to sand it. This step is very important and without it, the paint on the desk just wouldn’t look as good.

For the first step of sanding our recommendation is to use the 220-grit sandpaper. Now you should sand all the surfaces of the desk lightly, evening the desk out. If you notice any rough parts, use medium grain sandpaper to smooth out those spots, then use the fine sandpaper and sand those places again. Try to make the desk as smooth as possible, as that will make the paint stick much better.

Before we continue, use a cloth to wipe off all the dust that was created by sanding to get a clean desk.

Step 4 – Using a primer

Now it’s time to use the primer. You can use a primer in a spray can or you can use a printer in a can that needs to be brushed. Prime the desk evenly a couple of times and let it dry.

Step 5 – Painting!

Finally, we’ve come to the most interesting part, the painting of the desk! Before you start painting, it’s recommended that you shake the paint can for a minute and when you open the can, stir it up with a wooden stick so that the paint can spread evenly throughout the can.

Once you’ve done that, now use a brush and dip the tip in the can. Don’t dip the whole brush as then the paint will be all over the place. Remember, just the tip.

Now comes the part where you should be relaxed but focused. It’s painting time! When you dip the tip of the brush in the paint can, you should start painting evenly, dragging it from one way to another. Once you see that the brush loses the paint, it’s time to dip it in the can again.

You can also paint in the opposite direction, just don’t paint it left or right since that movement will be seen after you’ve finished painting. Plan the movement of the brush before painting and you will be good to go.

Now, once you’ve painted the whole desk and the drawers with the first layer, it’s time to let it dry. When the paint dries completely (be patient) it’s time to sand it lightly before painting it again. This second layer of paint will fill the wood with it in all of the places where the paint didn’t stick the first time. When you are done, let it dry.

Step 6 – Protecting the wood

When the second layer of paint completely dries and there is no rough sport, it’s time to use a protective wax or a protectant like polyacrylic. We like to use protective wax, but it’s just our preference.

Get the wax just a little bit on your wax brush and then brush the desk in smaller movements. Be sure to use a cloth to even out the wax. Just don’t forget to wax the drawers also!

Jolie Finishing Wax

Step 7 – Putting the desk together

When you are finished with the waxing, now is the time to put all of the pieces of the desk together. Place the hardware where it has been before and place the drawers in their place.

And that is it! You’ve now learned how to paint the desk like a professional. Not just that you’ve saved money that you would spend on a new desk, but you’ve learned to do something new. Be proud of yourself!

By |2022-01-09T19:18:00+00:00January 9th, 2022|How-Tos, Pastime|

How to Measure a Desk: The Ultimate Guide to Desk Size

Getting a desk that will fit perfectly in your office space is vital. It doesn’t mean anything to have a desk that looks amazing but won’t fit in your space. So, getting the right measurements of the desk is of much importance.

There are several things you should be familiar with before measuring a desk. So, we’ve rounded up all the things that you should need to know about measuring a desk, and created this simple guide.

Let’s get into it.

Desk Setup

Desk Measurements

The very first thing you should be familiar with is the desk measurements. Indeed, when you’re trying to buy a new desk, the first thing you want to be sure of is that it will fit in your room. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a desk that won’t fit in your room. So, it is vital to make sure that you understand how much space you have in your room.

There are three measurements that you should focus on which are height, width, and depth.

  • Height: The height of the desk is measured from the bottom to the top of the desk. 
  • Width: The desk’s width is the measurement from its left side to the right side. 
  • Depth: Imagine you are sitting behind the desk. The depth is a measurement from the nearest point of the desk to the farthest.
Measurements of a desk

Height

If your height is anywhere from 5ft tall to 6ft tall, then the recommended desk height is 29-30″. That is the most common desk height and it works well for most people.

If you are taller than that or you just prefer to work standing, then the height adjustable standing desks are recommended. These types of desks have an option to adjust the height, either manually or by electric motors.

Pro Tip: When adjusting the height of the standing desk, the height of it should be just below your elbows when you are standing up.

Depth

While in many cases the depth of the desk can be ignored, it definitely shouldn’t be. It determines how much space you have available for your monitors, keyboard, and any other things you wish to put on your desk.

If the depth of the desk is too small, you may find yourself in the position that you lack the space for many of the things. On the opposite, if the depth is too big, the monitor can be far away from you or you can find yourself lacking the space in your room because the desk takes up too much space.

The average desk depth is 30″, however, you should think about how much workspace you need before choosing the desk. Maybe 30″ is too narrow for you, maybe it’s too wide, or maybe it’s just perfect.

Width

The final dimension you should focus on is the width of the desk. As for the average number, the average desk width is 60″. Anything smaller than that number will present you with difficulties regarding the space you have for your things. For example, if you have a dual monitor setup then the dual monitor desk should have an even higher width to be able to accommodate the two monitors.

However, if you don’t have that much space in your room, there are smaller-sized desks like this FLEXISPOT 48INCH Electric Height Adjustable Desk.

FLEXISPOT 48INCH Electric Height Adjustable Desk

With a steel frame, electric motors that allow you to adjust its height, and a great price, this height adjustable standing desk from Flexispot is one of the best and most affordable when it comes to smaller standing desks.

Additional Factors You Should Consider Before Buying a Desk

While the dimensions of the desks are the most important factor you should look at, there are also a couple of other factors you should consider before purchasing a new desk.

Available Space

When you know the measurements of the desk you want to purchase, or for your DIY desk, the next step is to measure the available space you have for a new desk in the part of the room you wish to put it. This is another crucial step because imagine spending a lot of money on a new executive desk for example and not having the space to put it in. So, we can’t stress this step enough.

Desk Shape

A very important factor that you should think about before purchasing a desk is what shape of the desk do you need. For example, if you don’t have enough amount of space in your room for a big desk, and you have space for a corner (l-shaped) desk, then that is the logical way to go.

Chair Size

This may not sound important, but before you choose your desk, you should definitely take into consideration the size of your chair. If your new desk takes up a lot of space and there is no place for you to put your chair, where are you going to sit? So, think about the space that is left for your chair and if it can fit under your desk.

By |2022-01-08T12:37:59+00:00January 7th, 2022|How-Tos|

How To Make Copies On A Printer – A 7-Step Guide

Many office spaces and home offices are equipped with highly popular all-in-one printers that have three features: printing, faxing, and copying. Those all-in-one printers are quite in-handy pieces of electronic equipment, and you never know when you’ll need one of those features that they have.

Copying is an extremely convenient process and is very simple to do. We will now explain how to make copies on your printer.

Let’s jump to it.

Step 1

The very first step is to connect the printer to a power source properly and then power up your printer by pushing the power button. You can then either pair it up with a device that you wish to control the copying process from or you don’t wish to connect it to a device, many printers have buttons on them that let you control the copying. So, you should check if your printer has that option.

Step 2

Whichever way you want to copy, the next step is the same. Open the lid on your printer and place the document you wish to copy on it, face-down. Place it precisely in the middle so you don’t get a copy with distorted text. After doing that, close the lid.

Step 3

The next step is to choose wheater you want a black and white copy or you want to copy in color. If your printer has a button for black and white and color copying, you can press one of those, or if you are copying from your smartphone, you can choose from the app, or, if you have a more expensive printer with a touchscreen, you can choose there.

Step 4

Moving on, you can choose to shrink or expand the size of the copy if your printer has that option, which is mostly the case with newer printers. You can do it through an app.

Step 5

If you need more than one copy, now is the time to select the number of copies you wish.

Step 6

Once all of these steps are finished, you are ready to copy. If you are, for example, using an HP app, you will get a notice that the printer is ready. Press the button that indicates the start of copying, which may be different in order of which brand of printers you are using.

Step 7

Once the pages are out of your printer, remove them and turn off the printer if you don’t wish to copy some different documents.

Conclusion

That is the end of this how-to guide, and we hope it helped.

If you don’t have a printer, feel free to check out our list of the best all-in-one printers under $200.

Happy copying!

By |2022-01-04T21:38:14+00:00December 31st, 2021|How-Tos, Technology|