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Repurposed Desk into Chest

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I took apart an old 90's desk, stacked the two pieces into a tall multipurpose chest.
  • repurposed desk into chest, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
My daughter used this desk as a teen, but it had been stored in the basement for years until I dissected it. I drug it up from the basement, removed the top, and then got busy.
  • repurposed desk into chest, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I built up the top, and added some crown molding.
  • repurposed desk into chest, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Stacked one side onto the other side to make it tall, then added a new MDF bottom and feet.
  • repurposed desk into chest, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
After spraying it with primer and black paint, I felt it needed a little something special, so I stenciled a flowering vine all the way up the front of the drawers.
  • repurposed desk into chest, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I added some glass knobs to finish it off. Because this piece has two deep drawers that were formally file drawers, and 4 smaller drawers, it is very versatile.I currently have it in the bedroom, storing boots, and business stuff. LOVE how versatile it is, and it's much smaller footprint. Same storage, less floor space. Win/win!you can see the full tutorial on my blog.

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Got a question about this project?

  • Pam
    Pam Alexandria, LA

    I don't like that desk but I love it as a tall chest. I love that you gave a new life to a peice of undesirable furnitur to a peice that everyone would love to have, including me. Great job.

  • Eulalia
    Eulalia South Boston, VA

    Love this idea! You are very creative.

  • Gail--My Repurposed Life

    Thanks Pam and Eulalia! I love to take things apart and reconfigure them. :)

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA

    Gail, that is absolutely incredible!! Who would ever think to transform an old double pedestal desk into this gorgeous lingerie style chest. This blows my mind!!! I WILL check out your blog - I'm dieing to see all the details.
    The stencil detail

  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD

    Wonderful job Gail.

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