Full Tutorial on Water-Damaged Desk Makeover #MondayMakeoversWithFallon


This beautiful desk came to me with a lot of water damage. I fell in love with the character that the piece had to offer so I was determined to bring it back to life for my client! See the process below.


  1. First, I removed the chipping veneer. The veneer was messed up on the right side of the piece because that was where the water leaked on it. The water got underneath the veneer making it hard to repair so I ended up scraping and chipping it all off with a hammer and metal putty knife/scrapper. There were a few stubborn spots, but thankfully most of it came off pretty easily.

  2. I removed the back of the piece because it was falling apart.

  3. I glued and clamped any areas that had cracked due the moisture from the water. I clamped each section together where it had separated. This process took at extra day because there were a lot small cracks all over the piece and I wanted to make sure the glue had ample time to dry.

  4. Once the veneer was completely removed and everything was fixed/glued, I used 60 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander because I needed something really course to get rid of any leftover glue

  5. I then applied Bondo to the areas that I applied glue in the cracks. I wanted to make sure the seams from the cracks were smooth and wouldn’t separate again over time.

  6. I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper to get rid of any rough spots from the Bondo followed by 220 grit on my sander to smooth everything out

  7. I then wiped everything down with Mineral Spirits. Once it was nice and dry I started the painting process


  1. I started by priming the whole piece with two coats of BIN Primer

  2. I hand sanded the whole piece to make sure the primer was nice and smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.

  3. Vacuumed the sanding dust

  4. Applied 3 coats of Autentico Vintage Paint in the color Belgian Stone.

  5. I lightly distressed all of the edges to bring the white through. I used 220 grit sandpaper to achieve the look I was going for.

  6. Vacuumed the sanding dust

  7. I painted, sealed and added a new piece of plywood to the back of the piece to replace the old one that was falling apart.

  8. I spray painted the hardware white to match the white that was peeking through the grey where I distressed it.

  9. I white washed the “lattice” so that you could still see through it and made sure it tied in well with the rest of the piece.

  10. I then sealed the whole piece with Autentico Clear Wax, buffed it about 30 minutes after I applied the wax and then applied a second coat. Once the second coat sat on the piece for about 15 minutes, I buffed it one more time to give the piece a little shine.


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