Shabby sheet music desk

This sheet music desk was super easy to do – and it was almost just as easy to sell! I was shocked that it sold from my booth (in my booth selling days) in under an hour after I put it in. Crazy, huh? Afterwards I had a few people ask how I did the sheet music desk, so I thought I’d show you how.

This $6 thrift store desk was turned into a beautiful sheet music desk!

Once upon a time, when we were up in Minnesota, we stumbled upon a local thrift shop. Although the prices were a little high, I did find a few affordable pieces, including this desk – a steal for $6. Yep – six buckaroos! A steal, huh?

This desk was revamped into a gorgeous sheet music desk.

There was really only one downside to the desk, it had a laminate top – but that’s where the sheet music comes in.

Now let’s get to business and make a sheet music desk.

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Lovely desk upcycle - she turned an old desk into a gorgeous sheet music desk.

First remove the hardware. Next sand down the top, to give it grip. Finish up the base by painting it with Gray Chalk Paint.

What a cool idea - use mod podge to make a sheet music desk!

After the base is painted, sanded & waxed, then start on the top. Using Mod Podge & lots of sheets of hymnal music to cover up all that laminate. When it is dry, cover it all with 4 coats of MinWax poly acrylic on top to keep everything all in place & protected. Using polyacrylic means that it won’t yellow as easily as polyurethane.

She turned an old desk into a gorgeous sheet music desk with just some paint, paper & mod podge

Once everything is completely dry, replace all the hardware. I kept the original because I like the nod it gives to the desk’s former look.

You could use any color, but the combination of gray & the sheet music is neutral. That makes perfect for any shabby style home (or even a farmhouse style home!)

Gorgeous upcycle idea - she turned a thrift store find into a pretty sheet music desk!

And that’s how to turn a $6 thrift store score into the sheet music desk.

Paris Postmark Barstool Makeover

Want to see more chalk paint ideas? I did a barstool makeover, too!

Great thrift store upcycle - a sheet music desk!


About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Hmm because of insomnia I could actually link up really early here. But the linky is not there 🙁

  2. Gina that desk is amazing! Thanx for hosting and have a fabulous evening!

  3. Hi Gina, Thanks for hosting. Love the sheet music desk!

  4. Very cool desk. Thanks so much for hosting the party!

  5. I was just looking through your idea files … Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  6. Thanks for hosting. The sheet music was a great idea to hide the laminate. It looks great. I like the makeshift tarp too.

  7. SHUT UP! That desk is so awesome! And, I can’t get enough of the gray, so keep it comin’!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at

  8. I love the desk transformation! Thanks for hosting the party!

  9. Ok I spoke to soon, as soon as I renewed the page the linky was there.
    My bad. But heck I am glad I got to be on top of the list for a change.
    Thanks for hosting Gina!

  10. Cute desk! Love the Paris Gray and the music set it off!!

  11. i did the same project last winter, however, YOURS is so much better! i wish i had power tools.

  12. Great job on the desk, it looks amazing, just linked up, thanks for the party!!

  13. What a great desk! I love it!

  14. It looks great, Gina! I have Chateau Grey that I’ll be using soon ;).

  15. Gina- I just love it! You did a great job and the sheet music makes a wonderful top! xo Diana

  16. The desk looks great and love the hardware! Thanks for hosting.

  17. What a great deal on that desk! $6! Thanks for hosting the party again this week!

  18. I love your desk!! Thank you for hosting us!!!

  19. I use sheet music for all kinds of projects too – your desk is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting a great party!!

  20. Awesome and unique desk treatment! Very cool.

    Thanks for hosting 🙂

  21. Thank you for hosting. Love that desk. It is beautiful! Hope you are having a fabulous week!

  22. Love the desk and the story of duct tape and garbage bags…the things we do to preserve our finds!!!

  23. wow…how talented are YOU!! great job. i love it and for 6 bucks…not too bad

  24. Great desk. I love the grey paint 🙂 Love it. And the song papers is a great idea for the top!
    thank you once again for the linky party. So many great ideas!

  25. I love how you did the top of the desk. Really nice …

  26. Gina, What a deal on that desk! I love what you did to it. Thanks for hosting!

  27. Oh my gosh, Gina! It’s wonderful. Ya know we all say “i have to try that” and maybe 5 times out of 10 do we actually do it. THIS I must try. It’s gorgeous and my hubby is a musician!

  28. Ah, the power of paint! What would we do without it?

    Thanks for hosting, Gina!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  29. I loooove your desk! That’s exactly what I’m looking for, for my PC and such. Unfortunately I never find such beautiful furniture here (well, I do, but only new ones, for over 100 Euro’s or so :()

  30. Love your desk update!

  31. Love how your desk turned out… thanks for hosting!

  32. LOVE the desk! Thank you for hosting!!

  33. I like sheet music on anything desk included looks great


  34. Thanks so much for hosting! That desk is SO COOL!

  35. Thanks for hosting Gina! The desk looks beautiful! I am so excited about everything you are “unlocking” in the month to come. You will find your mojo again for sure and if not, I think I have a bottle laying around somewhere.

  36. Love what you did with the $6 desk! I love Paris Grey too! Thanks for hosting!

  37. Hello Gina,
    I’m new to your party, and I’m already hooked!:)
    Hope you’ll like my coffee filter roses tutorial.
    Thanks for hosting, your desk is lovely!

  38. Gina, I can’t wait to get my paws on a desk that sits in my mother’s closet. Wow, what a great transformation! Thanks for hosting such an amazing party! You have some amazing party goers here.


  39. thanks for hosting, gina. so loving that desk, great re-do! 😉
    kelli & kristi

  40. Thanks for hosting! This desk is absolutely gorgeous what a great makeover!

  41. Love the desk – along w/everything you do. I have to say, though…HOLY COW, BATMAN! 530 entries? Now this is a link party. LOL!

  42. Gina I love the desk!! The top is inspired, truly brilliant!!Sending big hugs and sincere wishes for a weekend filled with joy, Katherine

  43. Thanks for hosting a great link party! Love the music sheet desk! It looks amazing 🙂

  44. The desk turned out beautifully! Thanks for hosting, too!

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