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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. 😉

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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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. 😉

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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DIY Framed Mirror

Framed MirrorA lot of people take down their “builder grade” bathroom mirror and replace them with a store-bought framed mirror or simply add a frame to the existing mirror.  I did.  Every last one of them has been changed in some way.  And the mirrors I took down found a home in the back of my closet.  ‘Cuz one never knows when you might wish you had a mirror. 😉

What I wanted to make was a big floor mirror.  You know, the kind that leans against the wall. Sadly, all the mirrors I had saved were not tall enough.  On to plan B… a mirror for my entryway table.

I had all the materials on hand, except for two pieces of moulding I wanted to stain.  I picked those up at Lowes for around $10.00.  Even though, at some point, I did purchase all the wood and supplies I used for this project, since I can’t remember when, or for how much, it’s automatically “free”!  (That’s how it works in my head, anyway.)  So in other words, this is a $10.00 project!!

Framed Mirror

I had the plywood cut to the size I wanted.  It’s about 2 inches bigger than the mirror on all sides.  After applying mirror adhesive to the plywood board, I placed the mirror down and added weights to help secure it.  My “weights” for this project were books, magazines and baskets of laundry in need of folding.  You use what ya got. (And what you got a lot of! :D)


Next, the trim was added.  My cuts did not turn out perfect, but wood putty saved the day.


More moulding!  This time my miter cuts were much better!

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I used wood glue as well as my nail gun to attach the wood together.  I LOVE that nail gun!  After wood putty and sanding, I taped off the glass before painting the frame an off-white.

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Used two coats of paint, sanding after each coat.

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I distressed the edges and corners of the frame with sandpaper.  Then, using leftover dark brown paint, I dry brushed a very little bit of paint on the high spots of the frame to make it look old and weathered.

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A slightly wet paper towel worked perfect for wiping off any spots that had too much paint.

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The last trim piece I added was to the inside frame.  For contrast, I stained the trim a dark walnut.  Be sure to stain both sides of the moulding before attaching.  The mirror will reflect the back side of the trim, so you will want it cohesive.  Once the stain was dry, I attached the moulding to the mirror with clear silicon adhesive.

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A close up look at the painted frame.

Framed Mirror

It’s finished!  Now I’m thinkin’ the table needs to be repainted.  Same color as the mirror??? 😀  My work here is never done. 😉

Framed Mirror

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