I have a mini office makeover for you today. Have you ever had a room in a house that you just don't quite know what to do with? This is that room for me. It's a second living room that has been used as a playroom/office for a while now. But the kids have most of their toys in their rooms now, so now it's kind of the office/guestroom. It's in transition.
One thing I knew I needed was a new desk. The old one was a roadside find and the kids had managed to scrape off most of the paint off the top. It was in bad shape.
This waterfall vanity was given to me a while ago, it sat unsold after a yard sale - so I got it for free. I kept staring at it wondering what color to paint it - how to spruce it up. Then I thought, what if I separate the drawers and make it into a custom desk for the office.
Here's the vanity before...
I basically just started going at it with a hammer. I just looked at how it was constructed and started taking pieces apart. Furniture demo is cathartic, let me tell you.
Once the drawer pieces were apart, I fit it with a new pine top. This is a laminated top from Home Depot (this one measures 24"x48").
I wanted to beef up the edges a bit - both to cover the curve of the waterfall drawers and just to give it a little more substance. So I just added 1x2's along the edges with a but of glue and nails.
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After a light sanding I was ready to get to staining. I tried a new color, General Finishes Antique Oak. It's water-based which means two things, 1. it doesn't smell like oil based stain and 2. it dries faster (a couple hours), so I don't have to be as patient.
Once that was all dry I applied 3 coats of High Performance Top Coat in Satin. Sanding between each coat lightly with 400 grit sandpaper. The desk has a really nice texture - smooth but rustic.
Once the top was all dry, I screwed the top to the drawer bases. And look what a difference... (yes, the baseboard still needs fixing and the cords need hiding, but look beyond all that).
I used new cup pulls from D. Lawless hardware, and they compliment the farmhouse desk perfectly.
I'm loving my new desk space - it's where I'm writing to you right now!
Next time you see a cast off piece at a yard sale or on the side of the road... imagine what it might look like with a whole new top!
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