Asked on May 17, 2014

What to do with a desk with no drawers.

by J
Some ladies in search of drawers for an art project came into the shop and bought all the drawers out of a Basset desk. Need ideas on what to do with the desk now.
what to do with a desk with no drawers, painted furniture
  11 answers
  • Barbara Turner Barbara Turner on May 17, 2014
    Uh, but it has drawers.

  • J J on May 17, 2014
    I meant to take pictures after the gals took the drawers but forgot, so I used a pic from before the drawers disappeared. Please close your eyes and imagine the desk with open cavities where the drawers once were.....

  • Pat S Pat S on May 17, 2014
    use baskets in it's place? or trays?

  • J J on May 17, 2014
    Thank you, forgot about that idea. Would have to buy new or mix and match.

  • Carole Carole on May 17, 2014
    Make shelves and use for books or small trays of objects?? Depends what the desk is to be used for?

  • Susan Haynes Susan Haynes on May 17, 2014
    wicker or wire baskets?

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 18, 2014
    I suggest you cut the desk apart, use the 2 side sections (below the first section of this desk) and then remove all the inside structure and hardware, paint a pretty grey color, paint on cat paws in black (connect paws with dotted lines like the cat has walked and left the prints...last dots lead to opening), put on a black top, put in a red and white (or black and white) cushion, and a front with a arch opening for a "cat house" that people are so crazy about. From the desk top, you have enough wood to make the fronts for two of these. A little work and you can get a good price for them. (It would be snazzy if you could get a piece of black granite for the top! Perhaps a couple of scraps from a nearby shop!) (You could even tack black carpet on one side for a scratch post!)

  • Robin Anderson Robin Anderson on May 18, 2014
    Cut the drawer separators on the bottom section, not top 3 drawers. sand remaining knobs off where separators were, drill 2 shallow holes on each flat inside, put shelf holder brackets in holes, place a cut piece of painted wood on top of brackets. that way it can still be a funtional desk, even for putting a computer mother board under neith on one side, paper or other items on the other shelves.

  • J J on May 18, 2014
    Wow! Thank you all for the ideas.

  • Barbara Turner Barbara Turner on May 18, 2014
    I'm with the baskets and trays idea. I would NOT cut it up.

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on May 19, 2014
    Whatever you do- baskets, trays, shelves, would not have to match each other, in fact, its more interesting if they don't. Pls post pictures when its done:)