Desk to Table – Furniture Repurpose

Week 3’s project is a thrift story treasure! I found this cute desk at a thift shore in Atlanta, and it came with an even cuter chair! I love the curves and the legs of this desk, but that hideously ugly purple color had to go. I also didn’t really need a desk in my apartment, but I did need a table on the wall behind my couch, and this seemed perfect. All it took was a little loving and a little more paint and this purple desk transformed into a beautiful entryway table.

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Lets get started!

Supplies used for this project:

  • paint – I used Behr Ultra Banana Cream Pie from Home Deopt – 8oz wasn’t enough, but 16oz was plenty
  • brushes
  • sandpaper
  • drawer pulls – Rather than painting the drawer pulls, I replaced them with pretty gold ones from Hobby Lobby
  • antiquing glaze
  • old rags

The first thing I did was sand down the table a little to get some of that ugly purple paint off. Using stripping gel would be easier, but I didn’t want to have to scrape the old paint off. I knew the thick Behr paint would be thick enough to cover the purple, so I wasn’t that concerned about getting all of the purple paint off. Then I started painting! I started on the top first, then moved to the edges, the sides, and the legs. The legs were the hardest to paint because they were skinny and round. After the first coat was dry, I did a second coat on everything but the legs. After the 2nd coat was completely dry, I flipped the desk over and did the second coat on the legs. Once the legs were dry, I flipped the desk back over used the antiquing glaze to give the desk a distressed look. See my previous post on how to distress. Here are a few up close pictures after the distressing. The antiquing glaze really brings out the character in this old desk.

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Easy enough, right? Top it off with a lamp, a framed quote, and an old window as d├ęcor, and this old desk is turned into cute little entryway table!

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Distressing Technique

Week 2’s project isn’t a big one, but this technique is something I will refer to a lot in future posts. I am going to show you how I use a glazing technique to give something an old distressed look.

Before and After

Last week, I was cleaning up my craft closet and doing some reorganizing around the apartment, and I came across a small canvas that got messed up during my move. I was about to throw it away when I wondered what the wood frame around the canvas looked like. I got out my toolbox, grabbed a small flathead screwdriver and some pliers, and started prying out the staples that held the canvas to the frame. I was really surprised with how cute the frame actually is! I mean, who knew?! And this beats having to find a frame that you can paint at a thrift store or flea market. I’ll be explaining the glazing technique to the best of my ability, but I learned how to do it from another blog which shows a video of the glazing process for anyone who is interested.

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Here are the supplies needed for this project:

  • Wooden frame
  • Paint of choice and brush
  • Finishing glaze
  • Sandpaper
  • cheap/unimportant washcloth (that can be ruined)

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Step 1: Sanding

Sand down the frame slightly. This should only take about a couple of minutes. You don’t want to make it completely smooth but enough to get some of the paint off if it has been previously painted.

Step 2: Painting

I painted my frame with white before using my color of choice (turquoise). You definitely don’t have to do this, but if you are painting an old frame that already has paint on it, it might be good to paint it white first so the old color doesn’t show through. While my frame wasn’t painted before, I wanted to have a white base color on it so I could spot paint the frame with turquoise to give the frame a “shabby” look. When I say spot paint, I just mean that I didn’t cover the entire frame with the turquoise. I didn’t put a lot of paint on my brush to let some of the white show through the turquoise. Silly me forgot to take a picture of this step. Sorry y’all! But here is a picture of the frame completely covered in white paint.

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Step 3: Glazing

Once the paint on your frame is completely dry, it is time to paint on the glaze. You will want to make sure to get it in every little nook and cranny! Once you’ve painted on the glaze, you will use your old/unimportant washcloth to wipe off the glaze. You’ll notice that not all of the glaze will wipe off. You don’t want it to wipe it completely off. That’s how the frame will get it’s distressed look. In this picture, you can see what the frame looks like with the glaze painted on, and what it will look like when you wipe it off. Notice how some of it stays on the frame? That’s perfect. The glaze will stay in all of the nooks and crannies which is why you don’t want to sand it completely smooth in the beginning, but just enough to calm down any really rough parts.

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And there you go! Now your frame has an old/worn antique-y look!

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