Hey there, awesome Friends, and welcome to my favorite day of the month: Trash to Treasure Tuesday!!
I know I share trash-to-treasures all the time, but on this day I get to bring you four more from my treasure maker friends as well! I am always excited to see what they’ve done. Look for the links to their makeovers at the bottom!
I’m sharing this child’s desk that I scored for $5 on the only yard sale shopping day I had this Summer. (I still cannot believe that myself!)
It is very petite and I was keeping an eye out for a chair to go with it when I realized I already had the perfect chair in my stash!
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In the photo above I had already sanded the top of the desk. The wood was pretty so I knew I wanted it to show, but I decided to try a driftwood stain this time. I found this packet of Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish that I had received in one of my goodie bags from one of the Haven Blogging Conferences I attended:
Only when I applied it, it looked more like this:
I guess if I was going for the “I left this out in the back yard for a year” look, I totally nailed it. I decided the driftwood look was not the look I wanted after all, but do you know what it was perfect for?
A base for the white-wash treatment I give old fence pickets! I started adding white latex, then immediately wiped it off.
The dry wood was really soaking up the paint so I went back over it with a clean rag and a little water and blended away some more of the white to create this beautiful finished surface:
And here is the whole set:
The top looked like it needed something, so I decided to add the alphabet on the top:
I love that the finished top shows the beautiful wood grain below.
To add the letters I used my silhouette machine and contact paper:
Using contact paper is not the easiest method, but I’m cheap and I already had it on hand.
If you don’t have a fancy machine…no problem! See how to transfer letters old school style HERE.
I painted the letters in using two coats of chalk paint in Ultra Pure White. I waited for the paint to dry before removing since I had to remove all the “floating” pieces in the center of some of the letters as well. This tool makes them a breeze to remove.
I used Gray Sparrow made into DIY Chalk Paint for the base and the seat of the chair. I used Ultra Pure White for the drawers and body of the chair. I did the same weathered wood finish on the rungs on the back of the chair.
I only mixed half of the packet of Driftwood Finish and it stores for three months, so I am excited to have a way to achieve that weathered wood look on newer wood, for the base of my white-wash finishes!
I sealed everything, including the top, with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
The knobs were left over from the $5 Yard Sale Crab Dresser that I removed two drawers from. They worked perfectly!
I lined the drawers with scrapbook paper:
This set was in need of a lot of TLC. The veneer on one side was warped:
I filled in a couple of areas with wood filler and just painted the side.
The sides of the drawers were covered in crayon, so they got painted as well.
This little set came a long way!
My friends have their own makeovers to share today too! Check them out at the links below!
Want even more awesome makeovers?? You can visit all of my Trash-to-Treasure posts from this series HERE.
And you may remember the buffet I found at the same yard sale as this desk, also for only $5:
I’ll be back next week sharing how I updated this vintage coffee table (again):
UPDATE! No need to wait, it’s available now HERE!
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