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Yard Sale Desk Makeover

Do you ever see a piece of really junky furniture and wonder if it still has potential?  Check out this furniture transformation for proof that even the worst pieces can be made into something beautiful!  | www.andersonandgrant.com


I'm finally ready to show you the finished desk that I rescued from a yard sale at the beginning of the summer.  It was a long process and I let it sit many times just waiting for inspiration to hit about how to fix various problems it had.  But it is completed now, and it may be one of my favorite furniture transformations ever!  It truly is a complete transformation from something destined for the landfill to a piece perfect for any home.





Do you ever see a piece of really junky furniture and wonder if it still has potential?  Check out this furniture transformation for proof that even the worst pieces can be made into something beautiful!  | www.andersonandgrant.com




So, this is how it started......


Rolltop Desk Before | Anderson and Grant


And then it looked like this after some scrubbing, sanding, and well, destruction.....


Fixing a Broken Desk | Anderson and Grant


And finally, my roll-top desk is done and beautiful.


Amazing furniture transformation of a trashed desk purchased at a yard sale | Anderson & Grant


I had a vision of how to transform this piece from the moment I saw it, and I stuck with that vision until I had in front of me what I was seeing in my head.  There was so much wrong with this desk, but that provided the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted with the piece.  I think you would agree that I really could not hurt the desk!


Black Painted Roll Top Desk | www.andersonandgrant.com


The roll top of the desk was broken in two pieces.  This was surprisingly easy to fix and I'll be sharing a little tutorial about how to do this next week for those of you wondering how to get it done.  


Fixing a Broken Roll Top Desk | www.andersonandgrant.com


There was a missing piece of trim on one side of the desk.  Since the shelf inside the desk was broken beyond repair, I cut the wood from the shelf to the size that I needed for the trim.  This way, the tone of the wood is maintained throughout the piece so that the distressed wood showing through matches.


The space where two missing drawers were has been turned into a shelf for office supplies, files, or books | www.andersonandgrant.com




The space where two missing drawers were has been turned into a shelf for office supplies, files, or books | www.andersonandgrant.com


There used to be drawers on the side, but they had been broken out.  I cut a piece of wood to fit into the bottom of the space, and added a piece of trim to the front.  (Oddly enough, the trim I had was already stained in the exactly color I needed to match the desk!) This space would be the perfect place for a basket to store files or office supplies or to shelve some books.


Comparison of Refurbished Desk with Rolltop Opened and Closed | www.andersonandgrant.com


This desk doesn't have any fancy turned legs or decorative trim.  It needed a little something to keep it from looking too plain.  So, I decided to stain the desk top to add a little interest.  It is no secret that I love painted wood furniture that has a stained top.  And lately, I've really been loving the combination of rich wood with distressed black paint.  


Sanded desktop for staining | www.andersonandgrant.com


The desktop and little "shelf" on top of the desk were stripped down to the bare wood (which was no easy task, let me tell you!).  Both were stained with American Walnut colored stain.  


Imperfections still exist in this desktop adding to the charm of this finished desk | Anderson and Grant


Even through all the sanding, there is still some distressing and imperfections that show through the finish, which I think really adds to the charm.  In no way is this desk an expensive antique.  It was broken apart to begin with, and I really enjoy maintaining the imperfection in a beautiful way.


Black Painted and Distressed Rolltop Desk | www.andersonandgrant.com


After staining the wood, I used painter's tape to mask off the edges where I didn't want to paint.  Then I coated the entire piece with two coats of black chalk paint.  After the paint was dry, it was distressed around the edges.  The final step was coating the piece in some of Miss Mustard Seed's antiquing wax.


Pull up a chair and sit at this beautiful refurbished desk from Anderson & Grant!


The desk is on the small side and was probably a child's desk back in the day.  It is still a good size for an adult to use in an entryway or small space to write out bills or work on a laptop.  It will take an odd sized chair to actually be pushed in, but I love the look of the chair sitting next to the desk anyways.


Restoring a broken down desk with some stain, chalk paint, and a lot of hard work!  | www.andersonandgrant.com



I'm putting the desk back to start collecting some inventory for my open house in November.  Can you believe how fast this year is zooming by?  I've really got to get painting and shopping and crafting if I'm going to have anything to sell!


Before and After....Refurbished Yard Sale Roll Top Desk | Anderson and Grant


So, are you loving this desk as much as I am?  



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