How do I Cover a Weathered Computer Desktop?

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How do I Cover a Weathered Computer Desktop?
Work with the weathered wood or replace it. (Tony Garcia/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Many creative options are available when trying to cover a weathered computer desktop. Whether because of the weather or an undesirable environment, computer desktops can get beat up and worn down. Don't throw out an old desktop because the wood has worn down or the top is weathered; there are many solutions for solving the problem of a weathered desktop. From working with the damaged wood to covering the table top with a new material altogether, many options are available.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tablecloth or fabric
  • Tack paper
  • Scissors
  • Table pad
  • Hand sander
  • Sand paper
  • Level
  • Wood filler or water putty
  • Finish
  • Brush

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  1. 1

    Sand the desktop. Sand off the top weathered layer. The wood underneath may still be usable. Sand it so the top is level. Set a level on the desk and make sure it's level. If the desktop is too weathered, you may have to replace some of the wood. Go from coarser to finer grades of sandpaper to produce an attractive finish. Stain and varnish to protect the surface.

  2. 2

    Lay a tablecloth or sheet of fabric over the weathered desktop. It must be longer and wider than the desktop so there is some overhang. The overhang is usually between two and 12 inches. If the tablecloth doesn't work or it's not desirable go to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Run a roll of tack paper over the desktop. It will stick to the desktop. Cut off the excess from the edges. Tack paper comes in all colours and styles; you can even buy wood-print tack paper to match the wood on the desktop.

  4. 4

    Lay a custom table pad over the top of the desk. You can change the shape of the desk, change the colour of the top and make the desk longer. Attach the straps to the legs of the desk. This gives you a new top surface altogether. If the table pad doesn't work or it's not desirable go to Step 5.

  5. 5

    Apply wood filler or water putty into the cracks and holes of the desktop. Let it dry and sand the desktop again. Brush finish over the whole desktop and let that dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are adding weight onto the top of the desktop then you may have to reinforce the legs of the table or the table top itself. It depends on how weathered the desktop is and how much risk is involved that the wood might give in.
  • If the original wood breaking is a concern then pull those wood pieces out and replace them with new wood pieces that are the same size, shape and type of wood.

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