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A Curbside Rescued Secretary Desk Makeover

When you see a piece of furniture discarded onto the curb, do you keep driving? It may look ugly but if it's in decent shape, it could be a diamond in the rough. Like this small secretary desk that my neighbor rescued from the side of the road. Other than a broken drawer guide and a dated finish, there was nothing wrong with it.

Today I'm going to show you how to completely transform this Curbside Rescued Secretary Desk and breathe new life into it with a little chalk paint.

Would you say it is landfill worthy now?

Curbside Rescued Secretary Desk Makeover

Many times I've opened my back door to discover the "furniture fairy" a.k.a. my awesome neighbor magically left a gift in our back yard. She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders as I venture on my furniture flipping business venture. In appreciation, I offered to give a furniture piece of her choice a makeover and she chose her rescued desk.

A Curbside Rescued Secretary Desk Makeover


Here is what it looked like before...

Curbside Secretary Desk Before Makeover

After removing the hard board back that had several holes to accommodate electrical cords and filling in the nicks and scratches, I got to work giving the desk a base coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Graphite.

Base coat of Graphite chalk paint on rescued secretary desk

The top coat is a 50:50 ratio of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the colors Pure White and Old White. 

Once dry, I used 80-grit sandpaper to remove some of the white paint around the edges to reveal the graphite base coat underneath. The trick is sanding very lightly otherwise you risk going down to the original stained wood color.

Another option is to Wet Distress which means before the top coat dries, use a damp rag to remove some of the white paint.

Desk makeover painted white and distressed to reveal graphite underneath

I replaced the original hardboard on the back of the desk but before installing it with a pneumatic nail gun I chalk painted it in the color Midnight Sky by Country Chic Chalk Paint.

Backboard on rescued Secretary Desk painted Midnight Sky

I also painted the sides of the drawers with Midnight Sky and lined the bottoms with a striped wrapping paper purchased at HomeSense (Canadian version of HomeGoods).

Wrapping paper lined drawers on rescued Secretary Desk

Midnight Sky painted drawer sides on rescued Secretary Desk

The pretty ceramic knobs were also purchased at HomeSense with the intention of using them on a future project. Less than a week later I started this desk makeover and they were perfect for this piece.

Floral Ceramic Knobs on Curbside Rescued Secretary Desk

I love how the pretty knobs compliment the colors in the wrapping paper lined drawers.

Paper lined drawers echo knobs on rescued secretary desk

I was thrilled that my neighbor liked what I had done to her desk. The colors compliment the d├ęcor in the room this desk will be used in nicely.

Curbside Secretary Desk with lined drawer

Here is a closer look at the pretty ceramic knobs...

Pretty Knob on Curbside Rescued Desk Makeover

I could see myself sitting at this desk with a cup of coffee and my favorite stationery to write my friend's across the pond a newsy letter about the day the furniture fairy arrived in my back yard.

Rescued Secretary Desk with rose petal stationary

Has this rescued Secretary Desk Makeover inspired you to think twice about driving right by discarded furniture on the curb of your neighbor's driveway? Just think of how many perfectly good pieces of furniture would be saved from ending up in the landfill.

Here are a few other curbside furniture pieces I've rescued and given a new life. Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table and Queen Anne Clock Face Table.

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Curbside Secretary Desk Makeover Before and After

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