This is how the desk looked when we got it home from the thrift store. One leg fell of in the truck and the other pieces started coming off as we unloaded it and brought it into the house.
If It Falls Apart, Put It Back Together!
We found this desk at a Goodwill for $10. It was a beautiful desk but it was in desperate need of repairs. It was standing when we loaded it into the truck, but by the time we got home, the legs had started falling off. So I started piecing it back together.
The legs of the desk were originally held together with staples and although they were heavy duty staples, they simply did not provide the support needed for this desk. I wanted this desk to be sturdy so I put everything back together with wood glue and screws.
After removing all of the hardware, I taped off sections that I didn't want painted. I also used wood filler to fill in old holes and scratches, then gave it a very quick sanding.
With a bit of luck on a trip to Lowes, I found Valspar furniture paint in charcoal for the returned paint section for $2! I wasn't originally planning on using such a dark color, but with a deal like that I had to put that paint to good use. And I love how it looks with the dark wood that I left unpainted.
I got the square drawer pulls from Habitat Restore and the cup drawer pulls from Menards.
Before and After