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DIY Shabby Chic Desk Transformation

May 11, 2017

This desk was pretty rough, but I have definitely restyled worse. I am pretty sure the man at the yard sale thought I was nuts. He couldn’t imagine it was salvageable so he sold it to me for a dollar. Yep, one dollar.

One of the drawers needed to be put back together, it was missing one screw from a handle and the kick bar under the belly drawer was broken. No biggie! Really! All of those fixes took me about 30 minutes to complete. Actually, cleaning it took longer than fixing it.

I got a little bit “in the zone” and forgot to take pics in progress, but I do have close-ups of where I started and where I ended.

All the drawer needed was to be re-glued and clamped until dry. After sanding, the desk got a coat of gray chalk paint and then a lighter coat of gray over the top of that. A little bit of sanding gave it that yummy shabby chic look.

The kick bar just needed new pegs in the ends and then glued back into the peg holes.

Easy Peasy!

The missing screw was a simple fix, but the handles were ugly and didn’t match the makeover.

I spray painted them white and then sanded some shabby chic goodness all over them.

All in all, this was a pretty painless transformation. I did it for Cowley’s Outdoor Market a few weeks ago and it sold.


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  1. Thanks Candee, you gave me my, “LIGHT BULB MOMENT!!!”! I have a desk I have been wanting to pant and just keep putting it off. Now, because of you I know why! I never got down and looked at the underneath of my desk. And you took that picture! I’M SHORT!!! My feet dangle in all chairs and after a while my feet really start to hurt! I can’t reach the back holding the leg to the desk. So my lightbulb moment is to attach a copper pipe over a closet dowel, and make sure it fits very snug on the dowel. I’ll attach it to the side bar and another small piece of wood to the inside. Take the drawer out and screw the wood piece to the desk and another two screws to the dowel and ten the other side. Spray paint the drawer pulls copper too and WOW!!! Again, Thank you Candee. I don’t think I would ever seen what I was missing on my desk. I was about ready to get a kids desk!

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