Welcome here Kathie, to this friendly WW forum. There is always a good answer, but a little more information could bring you better solutions to your problem. Depending on where, how much tape/paint, the type of wood, approximate age, and how much you want to invest (time & $) to restore(?) your desk, are IMO other factors that would help. There may be businesses in your area that specialize in furniture restoration & repair, but usually at a high price. Consider looking for books or on line for EZ furniture repairs, but be cautious as to what is involved. Post here if you find a good workable solution, as others may be in the same situation. Be safe.