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{Refinished antique desk}


A couple of weeks ago, my husbands friend PJ brought me over this super cute desk – he found it with a “free” sign on the side of the road.  Sweet!!!  I bet the people that set it out on the curb would want it back after its cute little make-over :)  Too bad…so sad (for them that is)

And thanks so much PJ – you have awesome taste and im so glad you saw this little desk’s potential.  Make sure you grab me all the free furniture that you see!

Before – it was in a little bit of disrepair.  It needed a shelf/drawer, and some of the veneer was cracked.  Nothing a little bondo and wood cant fix.  There must have been something there before because it has these wood brackets that slant down towards the bottom of the desk.  I was thinking maybe it used to be a sewing table of some sorts – but i don’t know.  Maybe some of you know?

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So we added a shelf and then another piece of wood in front of the shelf to make it look like a drawer.  We also added some hardware to make the top piece that opens up, stay @ a 90 degree angle.  Perfect spot to put a mirror.

Then i gave it a light sand, sprayed it with Kilz water based primer and then a coat of creamy white.  I then distressed the edges with a 60 grit sanding block.  I kept the original hardware – i love the old brass handles  – so perfect :)


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Shelf that was added was lined with some cute fabric that i found at Hobby Lobby

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I can never get over what a coat of paint can do!!  I love the way it turned out and hope her new owner loves it too :)

***Did you guys notice anything in these pics?  There are a couple of drawers that i forgot to sand the edges – oops!  Sometimes i get so excited to put the drawers back in to see what its going to look like and i forget to go back and finish!!**

Ok – now im off to sand…


19 Responses to {Refinished antique desk}

  1. Artfulife March 3, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    It looks lovely!

  2. Tracy D March 3, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    You did a great job…such a beautiful transformation!

  3. Robin March 3, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Oh Wow! What a difference. It's beautiful!

  4. Sandra March 3, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    this is beautiful – absolutely breath taking. If only it could be shipped to NZ

  5. Brenda March 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    My mom had a desk like this, when you opened it up the front slid forward to reveal an old typewriter, wonder if this one did the same. No matter, you did a great job fixing it up and I know the old owners would be so jealous.

  6. Katie March 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Love that you kept the original hardware. Beautiful!

  7. Katie March 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Awesome! I love it when I can keep the original harware. Quick question…what is bondo? Is that what can fix veneer? Is it hard to use? Ok I am done asking questions. I know you are a busy woman. :) Thanks so much for sharing all of your great ideas!

  8. Christa @ Stories of a House March 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Don't you love it when your friends find stuff for you??? It is a super cute desk/vanity now. And your staging is great!

  9. decdiva1 March 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    that turned out beautiful! i would say it is an old sewing table, because i've seen them like that b4 w/ the sewing machine still in it! you've given it a new life! it makes a sweet little desk or vanity w/ the mirror! great work!

  10. The Frosted Gardner March 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    You are so funny and cute! I didn't even notice you had missed a few spots! I love your honesty. And I love each of your pieces. You are one talented girl. I found you through a link back when you made that table in your house! Your amazing huge table. What I didn't know is that you are in Utah and so close to me. I am always amazed at the talent I find so close to home. Love your blog.

  11. PJ Anderson March 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    You bet, now when ever I find old stuff I'm all over it as Sausha can perform her magic.


  12. ~alicia March 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Love it! Looks like maybe an old sewing machine table or something…very cool!


  13. Holly Austin March 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Love it! So funny that you forgot to sand a few drawers… scary what shows up in pictures :)

  14. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home March 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    What a great makeover, Sausha, I probably would have left it at the side of the road! It's so nice of you to embrace those old drawer pulls.

  15. Lindsay March 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    sausha, Great work on the desk. I have the same one. It is an old typewriter desk the top middle folds up that is where the typewriter would have sat. You even got a better deal or yours mine was $10. Looks awesome don't ya just love what paint can do. Check mine out.


    great work keep it coming.

  16. Dawn Ludwig April 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I have that very desk – yes a sewing machine desk. I LOVE what you have done with it. I only wish I had your talent.

  17. Katlynn's Momma June 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    So so very cute!!! And awesome of you for seeing the potential of the curb side piece. I probably would have left that one and kicked my self later.

    I have a friend who has a piece just like it and her grandmother used it as a vanity. The top came up and there was a mirror and an area to put your make up, jewelry, whatever.

    P.S. I'm now a new follower! I love all of your stuff!

  18. Doug and Gwen Smith September 2, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    LOVE IT!!!! you are such an inspiration to this SAHM! i check your blog daily, and today i got myself a desk at the thrift store…and VOILA! not as cute as yours…but i'm in love!! thank you thank you thank you!

  19. Amy September 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    I have an antique dresser that looks a lot like this desk. It was my grandparents first bedroom furniture when they got married. I think most of it has a layer of veneer over the top though. Can I do this same process over veneer or does it need to be solid wood?

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