Thrift Store Desk Makeover
I have to say, I think that this might be my most favourite project/makeover I’ve ever done. It turned out exactly like I had pictured I wanted it to in my mind, and I love when that happens!
I picked up this desk a few weeks ago from a thrift store for $25. I liked the shape of it, it was in great condition and it’s solid wood. The drawers were even made with dovetail joints, so I’m guessing it’s a bit older. This is what it looked like when I first got my hands on it:
It was a dated colour, had some dings and scratches on the top and it was missing a knob on one of the drawers. So, I sanded down the top to bare wood (which in hindsight I probably should have used a wood stripper or something because it took FOREVER to sand all of the finish off). I had some stain left over from other projects that I was going to use for the top, but when I started to apply it something was not right at all. The stain had become thick and was very red looking on the wood. I had a panic moment, but since I had already started I stained the whole thing anyway. The next day I grabbed a can of ebony coloured stain and redid the top, which happily resulted in the dark brown colour that I was going for. Crisis averted. I painted the bottom with the leftover paint from my kitchen backsplash, Behr’s Country Mist in semi-gloss. I put new knobs on the drawers that I picked up at the Restore for $.50 a piece and for a pop of colour and something different, I painted the insides of the drawers pink, Valspar’s Passion Pink. I still need to seal the stained wood top, but it’s close enough to done that I wanted to share it. Here it is! I’m so in love with it :)
I found a home for one of my thrift store lamps, and then just stole a few things from other spots to stage it a little bit. The desk is going to live in my craft room for now so that I have a place to work at without having to move the sewing machine off of the other desk.
$.50 each for these little beauties! Man, I love the Restore!
The curvy details on the desk are so much more noticeable now with the light paint colour. It almost looks white, especially in the pictures, but in person you can see that it definitely has a blue tone to it.
I love the fun pop of colour and the extra girliness that the pink drawers add :)
I love, love, love how this desk turned out! I loved taking it from something dated and blah to a beautiful piece of furniture that I’m excited to show off. I definitely have the furniture refinishing bug, so maybe I’ll keep at it and try to sell some. Who knows? In the mean time, I’m more than happy to work on this stuff to keep for myself :)