Your teens need space to do their homework — here’s a study area that’s cool and compact.


“Paint by Numbers” Teen Desk


Project Colours Wall: Philipsburg Blue HC-159 Desk Base Colour: Decorator’s White CC-20 Desk Accent Colours: Raspberry Glaze 2078-20, Autumn Cover 2170-30, Whipple Blue HC-152, Black 2132-10



  • Wooden work desk
  • Benjamin Moore “Fresh Start” latex primer
  • Benjamin Moore “Aura” semi-gloss interior latex paint, Decorator’s White CC-20
  • 4 Benjamin Moore “Colour Testers” in the accent colours noted above
  • Benjamin Moore “Stays Clear” varnish in high gloss
  • Paint tray
  • High density foam roller
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Artist’s paint brushes in various sizes



  1. Lightly sand the entire desk surface that is to be painted and apply one coat of latex “Fresh Start” primer
  2. Using a high density foam roller, apply 2 top coats of “Aura” interior semi-gloss paint over all primed surfaces
  3.  Once paint is dry, use chalk to sketch an image or pattern on the desk top
  4. Using a small artist’s brush, paint over the chalk lines with “black” 2132-10 from a colour tester
  5.  Allow the outline design to dry to the touch, and then randomly fill in the pattern with the additional colour tester accent colours
  6. Once the entire desk surface is dry, roll on one coat of “Stays Clear” finish in high gloss to protect your pattern and add extra work surface durability




Instructions courtesy Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault