Try-It-Now Trend: Dip-Painted Desks

Try-It-Now Trend: Dip-Painted Desks

Taryn Williford
Aug 15, 2013

I'm a steadfast adherent to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So when it comes to DIY, I can be somewhat of a commitment-phobe. Painting a desk neon pink is a big commitment, but painting part of a desk neon pink is a slightly more subtle statement I consider totally do-able, livable, and importantly, easily reversible.

Anyone looking for a way to embrace the dip-dye craze without being smothered by it should consider dip-painting the legs of a desk or office chair. Dipped legs inject a bit of trendy style without committing to a whole-hog makeover.

Dip-dyeing has shown up on everything from tools to toothbrushes. But when neon- or metallic-tipped legs are no longer in vogue for furniture, it's quick work to paint the piece back it its original color. You don't actually "dip" anything: Just tape off a straight like some distance from the ground (6 to 8 inches is a good distance for desk legs), then paint with a brush below the tape.

Just a quick dip:

  • White trestle legs get a raw pink dip-dyed look in Michelle's home office, featured on Florence Finds.
  • Gold tips bring attention to the mismnatched legs of this girly pink desk from Splendid Spaces.
  • This desk is twice-dipped with black and coral, spotted on Smart Girl Style.
  • A mint writing desk with gold feet, from She Inspires.

In for a little more commitment? Try a reverse dip-dye! Paint everything above the "dip" line, leaving legs in their natural state:

  • This desk over at Design Sponge (from Jaquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen) went dark, leaving natural legs in bright bare wood.
  • Randi of Swoon Studio tried it with a natural wood desk, IKEA's LATT children's table, with great results.

These aren't specifically workspace pieces, but they give great inspiration for different leg styles:

  • Mid-century modern hairpin legs look great with a red tip, as shown on this coffee table done by The Brick House.
  • Sturdy desks can still get a dip dye makeover, something like this painted dresser from Etsy seller, Hayleon Vintage.

  • (Images: as linked above)

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