Monday, November 18, 2013

Refurbished Kids Desk

One of the things I really enjoy doing is taking something that has great potential yet needs a “face lift” and turning it into something that looks amazing, new, and fun, such as a piece of furniture, in this instance a kids desk.

My girl has outgrown her small IKEA kids table. She needed more space, a taller area to work.  I had been looking in stores and on Craigslist and at places like Goodwill and Value Village (second hand stores) but either it was more than I was willing to pay or it just wasn’t what I was looking for.
Well with patience I came across this kids desk on Craigslist. I was so anxious to bring it home and start sanding it down. It was in good condition structurally, however the top was a chalkboard that did not write on well and the rest was painted in an off white color with not so pretty door knobs on it. Blah.

I took my kids and went to Home Depot to pick up a few paint supplies. While at Home Depot I had Kate pick out new drawer pulls. As soon as we got home I started on refurbishing this desk. I took the drawers out, sanded the entire desk down to “rough it up” and did the same with the drawers. The desk had huge gouges in it, which I filled in with wood glue, waited for it to dry and sanded it down and painted right over it. I wiped the desk down to get rid of all the sawdust and started to roll on the coats of white paint. As I was waiting for the desk to dry I worked on the drawers, laying them out getting them ready to spray paint.
This project took me about one day to do. Take a look at the before and after pictures below. 

OUCH! Big gouge

More dings and dents

During the sanding stage

Now here are the AFTER photos of the kids desk.

Remember the big gouge from the picture above? It is all gone!

The dents in the middle of the desk have been removed (or filled in)!

These are rose like drawer knobs that adds just detail to the desk.
So there you have it! My girls refurbished kids desk. What do you think? Colorful, fun? I just love the new, fresh look.

- Susan
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