Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Desk Makeover: paint, stain and dropcloth

I bet you have some piece of furniture that you have moved around your house plenty of times, and that you have used it with a different purpose.
Well, here is mine.
This desk was passed down to my husband by his father.
We used it as a desk for a couple of years, it had a dark stain to it.
Then baby #1 came along and we needed a changing table. 
So I sanded the desk to the bare wood (minus
some stain left in the crevices) and gave it a clear coat a polyurethane.
Now, I was ready to use this again as a desk, my desk.
I painted it white, leaving the dark stain in the crevices.
For the top I wanted to do something unusual, so I measured, cut and sew a piece of dropcloth and (after ironing it) added to the top wood piece.

I used hot glue to attach it to all four sides.
And here it is.
***for dusting, I just use a hand vacuum***

Stay Frugal,

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Marissa said...

What an amazing transformation.
I love it..
I wish I was as crafty as you.
I can only dream...

Patty Rumaker said...

Very cute and original!
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the paint and the drop cloth on the top!

Carla from The River said...

Very nice ~ I like this idea. :-)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks neat and tailored. Unique idea!

must love junk said...

This is a fun and interesting look-great job!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Oh wow. This desk has had a few lives, huh? I love the latest transformation. I wouldn't have thought to add a drop cloth to the top but it looks lovely.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
You always come up with some genial ideas. Simple beauty and even practical!

Kelly said...

That's a unique "redo"! It looks great. I love repurposing furniture too.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks great Daniela...I love the drop cloth top you made!

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

I love that you've gotten so much use out of this piece! I think all of its looks have been great and unique from the previous looks!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Beautiful Dani - love that it's been used by everyone at different times - that's a lot of memories packed into it :)

Art and Sand said...

What a clever idea for the top of the desk.

Yes, I too have pieces that have been in every single room in the house. One of those pieces is now on the patio. Who knows where it will go next?

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It looks great and I like that the dark stain that is left gives it character.

One More Time Events said...

Love this great transformation!!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is really cute and fun Daniela! It's like the desk top has its own cozy slip cover!

PamLuvsPink said...


What a great idea!!!

Love the part of using your hand vac!!!

It's a beauty!!!


Anonymous said...

I love it! I never would have thought of using a drop cloth on the top out of fear of constant stains.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Really pretty Dani! I would have never thought to use a drop cloth as a top cover. Perfect!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I love the way you finished off the top. It's a beautiful desk.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

You are officially the queen of dropcloth. What a good trick! And the finish looks really good, too. XOXO

Devon Barlettano said...

You are so inspiring, Daniela! I have a desk I want to chalk paint and you give me the courage and motivation to tackle it!

LittleMyoo said...

Beautiful! I love that you dust with a vacuum. ;)


Libby said...

Love the way you remade this piece. Love the contrast of textures! Well done. :-)

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Very interesting look, Daniela! You are so creative. It's great to be able to give a well-loved piece a new life!