Amazing friends, I am so excited about today’s makeover! I’m joining my Furniture Fixer Upper crew and I have the perfect project piece! My friends have furniture flips of their own to share today so be on the lookout for their projects at the bottom.
It was marked $38, but since everything was half off, I got it for just $19! That was a hard deal to pass up!
Unfortunately, when I got it home I realized it was super short, as in the smallest chair I could find could barely fit under it. I immediately regretted buying it.
Then I found a solution!
First, let’s see how it turned out, shall we?
See how I was able to add another 3″ to the height? I added more feet to the existing feet! I think the legs look even better than before! Don’t you?
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I started searching for feet that I could attach to the existing legs. I didn’t have any luck looking locally, so I searched Amazon and found these wooden turned feet that were just perfect!
A set of four was $17.99:
I ordered two sets since my desk has eight legs.
Then I gathered a few other supplies to attach them.
I found some dowel screws in my Dad’s woodworking supplies. They probably could have been a bit thicker, but they did the job. I also used a pair of Channellock pliers, a drill, a drill bit for pre-drilling, and wood glue.
Here’s how I did it in case you have a similar issue:
1. You can find feet that already have screws in them, ready to be attached to your furniture, but these did not. I first pre-dilled holes in all the feet with a drill bit that was just slightly smaller than the dowel screws I used.
2. I used my Channellock pliers to help screw one end of the dowel screw into the bottom of the feet.
3. Then I pre-drilled the bottoms of the existing feet as well.
4. I sanded the crud off the bottoms of the existing feet and added a dab of wood glue.
5. Then I screwed the new feet into the existing feet.
They look like they’ve always been like that, right?
I used my staining cloths in walnut on them:
That way when I sanded later, they would show stained wood through the paint like the original feet:
And let’s talk about the star of the show… those beautiful blue drawers!
I used a gorgeous transfer from Prima Marketing called French Ceramics that I ordered from Amazon.
I have seen a lot of stunning furniture pieces made over with these transfers lately (Like this one from my friend, Denise, one of my favorite furniture transformers!) and I just had to try them out for myself!
I am SO glad I did!!
I’m going to show how easy they are to use, but first, this little lady needed some fixing!
After adding the new feet, I removed the old hardware from the drawers and filled the holes with wood filler. I also had a couple of areas on the top that needed help:
That appeared to be water damage. I removed any loose veneer and filled the area with wood filler also. When the wood filler was dry, I sanded everything smooth with my rotary sander:
I love Dixie Belle products! I ended up with this on one of the drawers after my first coat of paint:
Booooo. So I gave all four drawers and the desk a coat of the Boss in white:
Glossy surfaces do require a light sanding first like any regular primer, so I just hit everything lightly with 220 grit sandpaper just in case.
I’m super impatient so I like to get on with it, but I decided to leave it to sit overnight before painting.
The next morning, I gave it two coats of my favorite Bit of Sugar by Behr, made into DIY chalk paint. (Find the recipe HERE along with a video on how to mix it.)
And guess what? NO bleed-through woohoo!
Another Dixie Belle product I’ve been wanting to try is their Gator Hide waterproof sealer. It is supposed to be super durable and because this desk is likely going to get a lot of use, I sealed the top of it with the Gator Hide. I used a sponge applicator to apply it and seems pretty tough!
Then I went to pull out my brand new sparkly transfers and womp womp womp…it says I have to wait 48 hours to a week after painting! Nooooooo.
Ya’ll know I’m a rebel though. Nothing was going to stop me from using these transfers for this desk, and it had to be done in time for Furniture Fixer Upper day. I’m sure the reason for waiting has something to do with adhering to the paint properly. I decided I would go ahead and seal the drawers first using Dixie Belle’s clear satin topcoat.
Then I left them in the warm sunshine for most of the afternoon to dry really well.
Then I went for it!
Here’s how easy the transfers are to apply:
1. In this package, there were three sheets of transfers that were 11″ X 22″, instructions, and a burnishing tool.
2. I peeled the backing back on one of the sheets and lined it up with the corner of one of the drawers. It’s a bit sticky. I pressed it lightly across the surface.
3. Next, I took the burnishing tool and rubbed it firmly across the entire surface.
4. Then I used a razor blade to trim the excess all around the edges.
5. The last step is to peel the clear sheet on top away, leaving the transfer behind on the drawer. If any pieces of the transfer are still stuck to the clear top sheet, lay it back down on your surface and burnish it a little more.
And that is it! I couldn’t believe it was so simple. I added another coat of the clear satin topcoat for protection. You can see there are what appear to be scratch marks across the design, but they are part of the transfer…
The drawers got a simple navy blue print:
See how I line my drawers HERE.
And these glass pulls from Hobby Lobby work great since they are pretty but don’t take away from the pattern on the drawers:
Another peek at those pretty new feet!
The straight legs at the back got them too and I think they totally work!
I am so tickled at how well this desk that I regretted buying turned out!
My total out-of-pocket including the desk, the transfers, the hardware, and the new feet is $91. Not too bad for a beautiful new desk!
Don’t forget to check out what my talented furniture flippin friends have for you today as well!
Looking for even more fantastic furniture flips? See all my Furniture Fixer Upper transformations HERE!
That’s all the furniture in this group done!
If you missed any of these makeovers, you can find them all here:
I’ll meet y’all back here on Tuesday with this mirror I picked up for $6.25!
Have a fantastic weekend! Hope some sunshine is in your forecast!
UPDATE: I think this one will surprise you! See how it looks now HERE!
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