Old Desk Makeover

3 Materials
48 Hours

My son found this desk on the side of the road. He automatically thought of me when he seen it. I love old wood furniture makeover projects.

Can you believe that somebody would get rid of this gem on the side of the road? LOL

I actually bought a new circular sander by the company Bosch. It works like a gem. I also purchased a new triangle style sander to get into the smaller areas and corners.

I am no professional so I can’t tell you the exact terminology’s. Time to sand. 1 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour more.

It is looking really good and smooth. Use your face mask as you don’t want to breathe in sand particles.

I wanted to use a poly/ stain in antique white. This is what it turned out looking like. A flop!!

I had to let it dry overnight and then go outside the next day and sand this side again. Messy!! Would not recommend that product at all.

Now it is ready to wax. That was my next option to keep the wood look. I found mine at Walmart by the chalk paint. I also picked up a spreader in the paint department for $2. I did the styrofoam handle as they also have sponge handles. I thought ahead to the mess that might happen.

Oh my goodness this is going to look so good. Time to let the wax dry overnight.

I wanted a refresh on the knobs and handles. I went to Hobby Lobby and found these gems on clearance. Because I switched from handles to a knob on the bottom drawers. I made sure the knob base would cover the existing holes. Then I drilled a center hole put them in and perfect.

This is the end product. New hardware and ready for our new home that is being built.

This photo shows the before and after.

I hope you enjoyed my desk makeover.

Amazing how you can change the look with a little elbow grease.

Hour calculation includes drying time.

Be blessed!

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  • Cori Cori on Mar 08, 2021

    WOW! So glad it was pretty wood and you did NOT chalk paint it 😊

  • Giselle Giselle on Mar 08, 2021

    The desk looks awesome! Did you only use wax on the top and is that enough for a surface that will be used regularly? I’m new to refinishing and would worry the wax would wear off or not be enough of a protectant. Great save!

  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Mar 09, 2021

    Thank you for not painting that beauty!You did a fantastic job,one you can always be very proud of.Am I wrong or is that wood pine?Some of the older knotty pine not only gets very hard(for a soft wood)but really retains it's beauty.


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  • Jackson Jackson on Mar 09, 2021

    You did a great job ! Hug your son ! Mine would rather break my neck in order for not letting me see something like that on the side of the road.

    I also love, that you did not flood it with paint. The natural wood is so beautiful.

    I also waxed my dinette set and the big cupboard and I never get tired of looking at it.

    • I give credit to him every chance I get. Now all my boys want me to do makeovers on pieces if they find one again. It’s such a good feeling! You had me checked because that sounds like my hubby instead of my boys. lol

      I am sure your pieces are gorgeous too!

  • Pat Tatro Lieb Pat Tatro Lieb on Apr 30, 2021

    Living in Florida we tend to paint out furniture nice tropical colors.

    • I also live in Florida too and have only brought the colorful tropical vibes to my outdoor pool area. Currently, I’m finding it refreshing with the natural tones of wood.