One of the most popular things I find as I’m rummaging through garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, etc. are old wooden desks like the one pictured below. This desk is beautiful, but, has seen better days. It has taken a beating over the years, but, an older desk will far outlast those desks that they make now. Chances are a new desk won’t be made from true wood. As long as the bones are structurally then I wouldn’t be afraid to purchase a beat up piece like this and bring it home for a little desk makeover! Did I mention I paid $5.00 for this beauty?
We all need a makeover at some point in our life right? Whether it’s a mental or physical, change is good! Let this desk makeover become an inspiration to makeover the next ugly piece you see!
- Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Acrylic Enamel in Satin. Color: SW 6937 Tantalizing Teal
- Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Latex Primer/Sealer
- 220-grit Sandpaper and/or sanding block
- Tri-Sodium Phospate (TSP) for cleaning grease and grime
- Remove hardware
- Using 220 sandpaper, lightly sand entire piece
- Clean entire piece using TSP mixed to manufacturers instructions
- Wipe down with water and a rag. Let dry
- Apply one coat of latex primer. Let dry.
- Lightly sand. Wipe clean.
- Apply one coat of latex paint in color of choice. Let dry.
- Lightly sand. Wipe clean
- Apply second coat of latex paint in same color. Let dry.
- Using sanding block, lightly distress the high points to expose underneath wood.
- Replace hardware.
Isn’t the transformation of this desk absolutely stunning? PLEASE don’t let the ugliness make you turn away from a piece like this. With a little love and attention you can create this makeover on furniture that you find on your next thrift store day!
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