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Vintage Desk Makeover

Hello there! Today I have a desk makeover to share with you. I found this desk on a local buy and sell website for $80.oo. Normally that would be more than I’d want to spend, but the desk was so unique, I had to have it. ūüėČ

Vintage Desk Makeover

The desk only needed a minor repair. The side of the desk where the left drawer is had fallen off. A few Kreg holes and wood glue fixed it right up.

I had the desk in the garage so I could sand the top and the drawers. I sanded all the way to the bare wood so it would accept new stain. The rest of the desk got a good sanding with 220 grade sand paper to prep for paint. Once the desk was ready for its new look, I stained the top and drawers, then brought the desk inside for painting. (It took days to sand and stain because it’s been soooo hot here! I would only work on the desk early in the morning before it got too sweltering in the garage.)

Vintage Desk Makeover

Once inside the lovely, cool air of my kitchen, I gave the desk a couple of coats of paint. I used a Sherwin Williams color from Lowes in a flat finish.

Vintage Desk Makeover

I used the original hardware, but I gave them a matte black coat of spray paint. And it’s finished!

Vintage Desk Makeover

This was a fun makeover! I love it so much it’s staying in my house. Not the booth this time!

Vintage Desk Makeover

Vintage Desk Makeover

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Habitat Restore Desk Makeover

We saw this old, sad-looking piece at Habitat Restore and thought it was a good candidate for a desk makeover. After bringing it home though, I admit I had buyer’s remorse. It was ugly. And I didn’t have a vision in my head of what I wanted to do with it. So I did what I do a lot – I winged it… using paint I already had.

Habitat Restore Desk Makeover

Refinishing a piece of furniture is not hard, it’s just time-consuming. Before the “fun” starts, the piece needs to be cleaned, sanded, and primed. Once that’s done, the magic of paint happens. That’s the fun part, people!

I had the desk, without the drawers, in the garage to sand, prime and paint. I used Behr Ultra in “Powdered Snow” from Home Depot as the main color.

old desk 4

After sanding, I brought the drawers inside to be primed and painted. I used “Aqua Smoke” by Olympic for the drawer fronts.

The hardware went outside for a coat of Krylon spray painted in an Oil Rubbed Bronzed color.


These are the paint products I used on the desk.

old desk 8

It wasn’t until all the painted pieces dried, the hardware put back on the drawers and the drawers put back in the desk did I lose my buyer’s remorse. But it was replaced¬†with “It’s so cute, can I keep it!? Can I, Can I??”

The moral of the story? Don’t get discourage when making over a piece. It’s amazing what happens when it’s finished and it all comes together. But, it’s just paint. If you truly don’t love it, take a deep breath, and paint it again. ūüôā old desk 9 I managed to let it go and it’s now in our booth at the Antique Mall. We sold the chairs, so we’re on the lookout for more diamonds in the rough!


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A Desk Makeover – from Dreary to Cheery!

desk before and after 2This old desk has been in my house for years. ¬†I never wanted to get rid of it because it’s been in the family for a long time. ¬†But it’s just not pretty, so it’s been hiding in closets or in my sewing/work room for a long time, waiting patiently for a desk makeover.

I brought it downstairs to the “library” to perhaps entice me to sit at a desk to work, instead of slouching in a chair with the computer on my lap.

Well, my slouching continued cuz the desk was just as unattractive downstairs as it was upstairs.  Go figure.

So, after calling my Mom to make sure she didn’t mind if I painted the old desk (it came from her family), I pondered for a while what to do with it. ¬†All I knew was I was going to cover the top of the desk with a new top. ¬†I didn’t like the way the top of the desk was smaller than the length of the desk. ¬†It not only looked odd, it was a dust collector. ¬†Then I just went for it. ūüėČ

desk before
The desk before. Old and not very pretty. It needed a little update.
desk drawers outside
After removing the old handles, I used wood putty to fill in the holes. Then outside they went for a good sanding.
desk drawers sanded
After he drawers were sanded, I brought them back inside for primer and paint.  (Too hot to work outside!)
desk drawers primer
Once the drawers were primed, I painted the fronts a light blueish-gray.
desk drawers painted
I did three coats of paint, sanding with a fine grade sandpaper in between coats.
desk primed
The desk was sanded and primed, then painted white, in a satin finish. It took several coats to cover, and I sanded in between coats as well. ¬†It’s amazing what a difference sanding between coats makes to the finish product.
desk primed and painted
The desk is sitting upside down because I did not refinish the top. Instead, I purchased stain-able birch plywood and had Lowes cut it to the size I wanted. I finished off the birch plywood edges with decorative trim. Then the whole top was stained with Minwax Dark Walnut.
(The original desk top is set in, making it smaller than the length and width of the desk. I wanted the top to be bigger than the length of the desk to have a larger surface to work on.)
desk drawer pulls
I picked up drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Gotta love that!!’
desk knobs close up
The edges of the drawers were sanded for an aged look.
desk complete
The finished desk!

desk before and after



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Habitat Restore Headboard Find

Habitat Restore is a fabulous place to find treasures. I’m usually there a couple of times a week – More if I’m looking for something in particular.

For the first time ever, I came across a headboard for a king size bed. Not a common find at my Habitat store!¬† The color is “non-traditional”, but perfect for my room.

Habitat Restore carries a lot of the materials you would need for a DIY makeover… paintbrushes, caulk, paint trays, tools, hardware, and wood. The prices are C.H.E.A.P.!

Check out your local Habitat. Even if you don’t think you need something, it’s almost guaranteed you will walk away with something “you just have to have”. ūüėČ

headboard close up2
$45.00 bargain from the local Habitat Restore. Perfect color for my newly repainted bedroom.
headboard on
The color of the headboard is a blue-ish gray. It was meant to be mine. ūüôā

Here’s some other “finds” from the Habitat Restore.

habitat finds
Sanding, paint, and new hardware gave this old desk a new life.
habitat finds2
I have two of these chairs. $15.00 each. I have seen almost identical chairs in the Ballard Designs catalog for hundreds of dollars.
habitat finds3
This chair was $10.00. Just needed a little glue. I added a cushion and DONE. ūüėÄ

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Habitat Desk Redo


Happy Halloween y’all!¬† I have something¬†frightening¬†to share with you…¬† this hideous,¬†scary looking desk.¬† I picked it up from my Habitat Restore for $30.¬† I have been looking for a desk to use in my sewing/craft room.¬† I could see the potential.¬† (Hubby, however, walked right passed¬†it without seeing the desk in the garage.¬† Maybe¬† he was just not paying attention, or¬†MAYBE I have too many unfinished projects in the garage that he didn’t notice the addition!)


After removing the hardware and cleaning the desk, I lightly sanded the piece before applying a coat of primer.  The primer I bought said it would seal on glossy surfaces, but after doing a test patch, I could scratch the primer off.  No short cuts.  Sanding was necessary.  Two coats of Decorator White from Home Depot and the dresser was done.  I did sand the edges for a distressed look.  Not bad for $30 and a little elbow grease!  I highly recommend wandering your local thrift store.  Finding something unloved and bringing it back to life is fun and you will be proud of yourself with the results!  Happy shopping!