Asked on Aug 25, 2015

What should I do with this piece?

by Giggles0
Should I repurpose this or paint it?
q what should i do with this piece, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, Saved this from the jaws of the garbage truck Originally wanted for the legs but it s in pretty good shape
Saved this from the jaws of the garbage truck. Originally wanted for the legs but it's in pretty good shape.
  10 answers
  • Z Z on Aug 25, 2015
    It would make a great laptop or tablet desk. Depending on the size of the cubbies on each side, you could possibly find or make baskets or bins to hold pens, pencils and post its or even keys and such. I did something similar to an enclosed secretary.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 25, 2015
    Are you going to refinish the piece? I can picture that in a corner as a conversation piece.Instead of the traditional ideas of desks.

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    • I know people have said for you to restore...big job with all those cubbies. It would have to be completely stripped, sanded, stained and sprayed w/a finish. Not a novice job. So, I would vote for paint. It's not a valuable antique but looks as though its a reproduction. Scuff it up well and smooth it out and spray it a nice color. Glossy. Or do a chalk paint if you like the shabby chic look. layer on some different colors for more depth and interest.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 25, 2015
    No definitely not its so unique it would spoil it.

  • Denise Denise on Aug 26, 2015
    Restoring would be the best. It is a beautiful piece.

  • Lucy Nunn Lucy Nunn on Aug 26, 2015
    If it were mine, it would get repainted and used in my craft room. Great size and great organizing cubbies.

  • Shaun Shaun on Aug 26, 2015
    I'm with Beth H. to paint it. I recently refinished a piece similar to yours and I ended up putting in about 60 hours into it and I am no novice. Compared to doing a chalk paint application where I would have had a stunning piece for about 5 hours at most, and 1/3 the cost. good luck.

  • Amyb Amyb on Aug 26, 2015
    I would remove the top and get a small hutch top on craiglist (about $20) and make a cute little china cabinet....

  • EdiLeck EdiLeck on Aug 26, 2015
    Take off the cubbies, refinish the top, paint the bottom, put a vessel sink on top and make it a vanity for a powder room or guest bath!

  • 9530106 9530106 on Aug 26, 2015
    If you choose to refinish it, Formby's Furniture Refinisher would make it a fairly easy job. It is not a stripper, and is easy to use. The piece is pretty, and not too detailed, so it would not be hard. You may only need to finish with an oil such as tung oil, or danish oil, and would be gorgeous. Sometimes after I use the refinisher, I find I do not need to apply any stain, just a sealer.

  • Abby Rexroth Abby Rexroth on Aug 28, 2015
    It's lines are too lovely to change, refinish!!! Maybe add metallic gold to the edges and where the black is?