Secretary Desk Makeover


A curbside desk just needed a little TLC.
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
As I stopped to pick up the top portion of this desk at the curb, a lady came out of her garage with the legs and said that her father was so happy that this former treasure was getting restored. He gave up on repairing it.
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
There was a good reason why it kept falling apart.
The corner supports were made of pressed fiberboard. Like paper, it will continue to rip and come apart with any amount of stress on it. The desk and legs are made of hardwood and the weight pulled on the corners. All of the glue attempts obviously failed.
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
So using one of the corner pieces as a pattern, I made a new set out of pine wood. Reconstructing the legs onto the table with the wood supports was easy.Quite sturdy now, the desk was ready for its makeover. I cleaned all of the surfaces.
Removed the drawer. Then wrapped up and taped the areas I didn't want to paint. The burlwood deserved to be shown off. So using plastic food wrap and painters' tape, I enclosed and taped it to keep as is. Then I spray painted all of the other surfaces, including the back of the desk. The interior sported its original finish for a desk top area.
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
I made sure to tape off the sliding desktop supports to keep them wood tone as well.
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
The long legs have pretty "cat paws".
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
secretary desk makeover, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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  • Caryn Grabow Sanders
    on Jul 28, 2018

    Mine is burlwood. It's veneer, and scratched up quite a bit. Can I sand and refinish it, or is veneer too thin to sand. How do I get the scratches out?

    • It will depend on how deep the scratches are. If very deep, the veneer may need to be replaced if you desire to keep the natural wood look. I would try sanding first, but by hand, because you can control how lightly or aggressive you need to, using extra fine grit.

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  • Anita K
    on Jul 17, 2016

    Beautiful rehab!

  • Lori
    on Jul 17, 2016

    I wish it were mine, it's remarkable. Congratulations on a job really well done.

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