NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THAT OLD BORING DESK? TODAY, I’M SHARING HOW I TRANSFORMED A DATED CURB-SHOPPED DESK INTO THESE GORGEOUS PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS!
I promise today’s makeover will make you take a second look at every plain-old-desk that has ever been abandoned curbside or donated to a thrift store!
You may have seen these desk to nightstand makeovers on Pinterest. They’re usually done using shapely vintage desks. You know – the ones with the scrolly legs and all their intricate details… (which I’m itching to get my hands on one of these btw!), but I haven’t seen too many desk-to-night-table-makeovers pulled off with an “average” looking desk.
This is another inventory piece I can cross off my list… woohoo… and I have to admit, I’m always amazed at what a coat of paint and new hardware can do!
Paint is my hero.
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- CurbShopped Desk – SALVAGED
- Sponge + Water + TSP + Shop Towels
- Straight Edge + Measuring Tape
- Furniture Clamps
- Sandpaper + Tack Cloth
- Dewalt Sander
- Circular Saw
- Plunge Router (similar)
- Paint Brushes
- Tobacco Road Gel Stain
- Hurricane Gray Chalk Mineral Paint
- Warm Gold Gilding Wax
- Clear Wax
- Satin Clear Coat
DIY PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS::
Before I get into the How-To, a big thank you to my friend Larissa at Prodigal Pieces. She recently did a similar desk to nightstand makeover including a video (which I’ll link to at the bottom of this post) which gave me the confidence to try this makeover. 🙂
Step #1:: Added Applique
I have NO idea why I started with this step but I added an applique using these moulds to the bottom skirt even before I disassembled the piece.
Step #2:: Disassemble The Desk
This was easier than I imagined. I removed the screws that were holding on the top and midsection pieces and then gave it a few good whacks with my hammer. I was surprised at how quickly it came apart. Within about 15 minutes it was all disassembled.
Here the drawers are MIA because I was cleaning them and filling the existing hardware holes with Bondo.
Step #3:: Measure And Cut
I measured my 2 tops at 17″ x 18″ which included a 1.5-inch overhang using a skill saw/circular saw with a guide to cut the desktop into two nightstand tops.
Step #4:: Router the Edges
This was my FIRST time using a plunge router. I’ve had this tool sitting around for a year so I was excited to try it. WOW! Now that I see what a difference a routered edge makes, I can’t wait to try out different bits and profiles!
Check this out!
If you don’t have a router, a clean cut with a nice sanding of the edges will work very nicely too. 🙂
Step #5:: Sand – Stain – Paint
Once the tops were cut to size and the edges routered, they were sanded to a super smooth finish. I stained the tops with this water-based gel stain and the bodies were painted in this deep gorgeous gray.
Step #5:: Hardware & Details
The finishing details were the knobs and a touch of gold. The hardware I picked up from my local ReStore and I added a slight shimmer on the applique and lip of the drawers with this gilding wax.
What do you think?
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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