Hello amazing friends! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and I am so excited to share a makeover with ya’ll today! No I didn’t stop the presses here amidst the new house chaos to update a piece of furniture, I planned ahead for this one.
Remember when Jack wanted to go to the thrift store to find a piece to paint, and I ended up finding this cool sofa table and this pretty curvy dresser that were both half off? Well Jack found this desk, also half off:
He ended up getting it for $20. Then all of a sudden we found THE house. I told Jack he needed to get working on his desk asap so we could get it out of the garage because we would need to start packing very soon.
This desk looks like it probably came out of a hotel room, but it had what looked like a pretty pattern in the wood on top. Jack really wanted to stain the top and paint the legs, but while he was sanding the top down, this happened:
He finished for the day and pulled the desk inside the garage. It poured rain that night and guess what got left outside?
The white you see is sawdust that came off of the top of the desk when Jack was sanding. The rain totally warped the bottom of the drawer and the pressboard soaked up the water on the bottom front:
What was supposed to be an easy update was turning into a real trouble-maker. I felt so bad for Jack and I knew he was over it. It sat in our garage for another week like that. Then the following weekend while Jack was staying at his friend’s house, I was sifting through the garage I came across this mirror I had picked up for around $20 last Summer:
I knew that desk was just what this mirror was waiting for, and it got me excited about painting it to go with the desk to make it a dressing table!
I called Jack and offered to pay him twice what he paid for the desk if he would be willing to let me finish it. He loved that idea since the desk had turned out to be a bit more trouble than he had anticipated.
I got right to work! It may have been a lot of trouble, but the results were so worth it:
And how about that pretty drawer?
I ended up taking it apart…
And replacing the bottom and the front panel…
Good as new!
I added one of my favorite pulls from Hobby Lobby to the front:
The chair was another piece from the depths of my garage. It was one of a pair I bought from a yard sale for $3 each a couple of years ago and it started out like this:
I wasn’t really interested in them, but I was already buying this antique folding table, and these chairs were so darned cheap that I decided to take them too.
I painted just a couple of the parts on the mirror white to coordinate with the chairs.
This color is Sunken Pool by Behr and I have used it a couple of times recently. It is so dreamy in person. I made it into DIY chalk paint using the recipe found HERE, but I did give it all a coat of white spray primer first so that a little white would show through when I sanded.
It’s a bit hard to see in the photo. I love this two-toned look for chairs because I can spray paint all the hard parts, and then go back and paint just the seat with a brush.
I had just enough of this pretty fabric from Walmart left over from this night table that Jack saved to line the new drawer:
I’m not sure what I’m going to do the next time I need to shoot a large piece of furniture without my pretty doors!
I love how these three totally unrelated pieces came together to make such a cute set. All three pieces, including paying Jack twice what he paid for the table, only came to $63!
Funny thing…this set didn’t last ten minutes in my booth! I had rearranged my booth to accommodate it and then walked around the antique mall for about ten minutes. When I stopped by the counter on my way out to get a printout of what I had sold so far for the month, someone came up to the counter with the tag! The girl who purchased it had also bought this dresser I painted for Behr.com. and it matches the dressing table perfectly! How cool is that?
Don’t go anywhere without checking out what my friends are transforming this month too!
Visit the links below the image to see the afters!
My house is a total hot mess right now ha ha…I’ll be back on Thursday to share pictures of it with the world. 🙂
UPDATE: Check out the HOT MESS TOUR of our new house HERE!
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