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Desk Makeover {A Curbside Rescue} | The Interior Frugalista

April 28, 2015

Desk Makeover {A Curbside Rescue}

Hey guys, hope you had a nice weekend.  We (touch wood) didn't get the snow that was forecast so we were able to spend some time outdoors working on a project I'll be sharing with you soon.

Last week I worked on my neighbor's desk that she found curbside. Other than a broken drawer guide there was nothing wrong with this desk.  Sure it had some normal wear and tear but it definitely wasn't landfill worthy.

Curbside Desk Makeover Before and After

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 makeover path. In appreciation I offered to give a furniture piece of her choice a makeover. She chose this desk.

Here is what it looked like before...

Desk Makeover Before

After removing the hardboard back that had several holes for electrical cords and filling in the nicks and scratches, I got to work giving the desk a base coat of chalk paint in the color Graphite.

Desk Makeover with undercoat of Graphite chalk paint

The second and third coat is a 50/50 ratio of Pure White and Old White chalk paint.  Once distressed you can see the Graphite color peaking through rather than the light colored stain of the wood.

Desk makeover painted white and distressed to reveal graphite underneath

For a surprise pop of color I painted the drawers in Midnight Sky and lined the bottoms with a striped paper.

Desk Makeover with painted drawers in Midnight Sky chalk paint

Desk makeover with drawer painted in Midnight Sky and papered

I picked up the paper and pretty knobs during a trip to Homesense with the intention of using them on a future project.  Less than a week later that future project materialized as this desk!

A desk makeover with new floral ceramic knobs

The hardboard back was replaced with a new piece and I painted it the same Midnight Sky color as the drawers.

Desk makeover with Midnight Sky chalk painted back

I love how well the paper works with those pretty knobs!

Desk makeover with Midnight Sky painted drawers and lined with coordinating paper

I was thrilled that my neighbor liked what I had done to her desk.  It'll compliment the d├ęcor in her master bedroom quite nicely.

Desk Makeover After with surprise inside the drawers

Curbside Trash Desk given a new life After

I could see myself sitting here 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.

Desk makeover with new floral kob

Desk Makeover staged with handmade rose petal stationary

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