Writing Desk Furniture Flip

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amazing writing desk furniture flip

Guess where this writing desk was found? If you saw the broken drawer and guessed the garbage you would be right.

As you may know, we’re giving Mary’s bedroom a makeover for the One Room Challenge. Over the course of 8 weeks I’ll be sharing what we’re working on to bring our Parisian Boho bedroom to life. You can see Week 1 here. 

one room challenge

Instead of buying a new desk, we decided to give this one a big makeover.

trash to treasure writing desk furniture flip

Can you believe someone gave up on it and dumped it? Thankfully it only took some wood glue to repair the drawer and it was in working condition again.

We decided this would be the perfect desk for Mary’s Parisian Boho bedroom makeover. Of course we wanted to tweak it a bit, so tweak it we did!

Here are the steps we took to transform this writing desk from meh, to yeah!

Writing Desk Furniture Flip

  1. Sand down the laminate finish just a little. This allows the paint to stick better.
  2. Wipe the desk down very well so there is no dusk left on the surface. If dusk is left paint won’t adhere well.
  3. Prime with a sponge roller. Because this desk has a laminate surface, I used this primer here
  4. Coat with one thin layer of paint. Let dry for at least three hours.
  5. Use an oil base paint for the metal legs. I love this gold paint color and the oil paint wears really well which I felt I needed on metal.
  6. Second coat of paint, let dry over night.
  7. Lightly sand the second coat for a smoother finish.
  8. Third and last coat
  9. Add molding to the top of drawer to cover the cut out drawer pull. We chose ot to frame the whole drawer because we wanted a lighter look.
  10. Add drawer handles

 

First sand down the laminate finish just a little. This allows the paint to stick better.

writing desk furniture flip sanding

Wipe the desk down very well so there is no dusk left on the surface. If dusk is left paint won’t adhere well.

Prime with a sponge roller. .

All it took to repair the drawer front was some wood glue.

writing desk furniture flip hack

Coat with one thin layer of paint. Let dry for at least three hours. Use an oil base paint for the metal legs. I love this gold paint color and the oil paint wears really well which I felt I needed on metal.

Second coat of paint, let dry over night.

Lightly sand the second coat for a smoother finish.

Third and last coat

easy writing desk furniture flip

Add molding to the top of drawer to cover the cut out drawer pull. We chose not to frame the whole drawer because we wanted a lighter look.

 

We clamped the molding onto the drawer fronts as the glue dried.

writing desk furniture flip molding

 

Add drawer handles. We measured several times to get the drawer hardware centered exactly where we wanted it to go. Then we took a deep breath and drilled the holes. Thankfully it was perfect!

diy writing desk furniture flip

We gave our drawer handles an antique look by dabbing on oil based gold paint. I’ve had this paint for over a year now and just love using it in projects. It lasts forever and a little goes a long way.

writing desk furniture flip makeover

writing desk furniture flip hardware pulls

The last addition to this sweet little desk was adding lining to the inside of drawers.

writing desk furniture flip before and after

This project turned out better than I had expected. So happy with this writing desk furniture flip!

amazing writing desk furniture flip

writing desk furniture flip how to

Since we got this desk for free and I used leftover paints the cost to transform this piece was very little.

  • Molding $5
  • Drawer hardware $10
  • Drawer liner $2

Total $15. Not bad!

Who doesn’t love a great budget furniture flip?

Here’s a great Before and After to celebrate keeping furniture out of our landfills. Being able to envision what a piece can be is important to being a

 

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What do you think about the makeover this little desk got? Let me know in the comments!

xo maria

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4 Comments

  1. Cindy

    Great makeover and isn’t it great to open the drawers and see pretty paper? Pinned!

    Reply
  2. Donna

    Wow! What an amazing transformation! Most people would have left that desk out on the curb for trash pick-up, but you saw the beauty in it! I love the new look! It is perfect for your daughter’s new bedroom!

    Reply
  3. Marie

    You have a great eye! Such a pretty, elegant desk. I love those handles!! I had wanted to use similar in our kitchen.

    Reply

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