Hello Friends! Today marks week 4 of the #oneroomchallenge! I have to admit, this project has had its ups and downs.. and slippery slopes. BUT… overall it’s coming along nicely!! This week we really accomplished so much, but I’m most excited to share with you what we did with this memory filled desk!
Like I mentioned last week, we had BIG dreams for this piece of furniture. It belonged to my great-grandmother, and has some great memories attached to it. For example, she always had crayons and big composition paper for us to draw on. I remember the exact drawer they were in! I know, because of her career as a teacher/principle, that she spent many of hours working at this desk. It has such a special place in my heart because it keeps her memory close to my heart.
That being said, I had no place for it anymore! I couldn’t set my heart of parting with it, so my only other option was to re-purpose it. I’ve been hanging on to it for sometime now knowing exactly what we would do.
DIY VINTAGE DESK TO BEDSIDE TABLES TRANSFORMATION
- Wood filler
- Wire brads
- ¼” thick plywood
- Paint or stain
- Circular saw
- Router with decorative trim bits
- Hammer/pry bar
- Electric sander
- Measure and mark all cut lines to cut the desktop surface so the new tables will have an equal perimeter all the way around. You will be making one cut per table so measure the existing desktop overhang on the three original sides and cut the desktop so the fourth side that you are creating has the same over hang.
- Remove any supports or drawer pieces from the center between the two tables to create two separate tables.
- Sand the newly cut end of the desktop to make it flat.
- Using the wood router, select a decorative bit that matches the existing perimeter shape or select a new design, but make sure the new design will eliminate the remnants of the existing edge so the decorative perimeter matches on all four sides of each table. We chose a new decorative edge and routed all four sides of each table eliminating the original edge design.
- Fill any scratches, holes or imperfections with wood filler and sand smooth once dry.
- Sand off any glossy finish on the whole table if painting or use a chemical stripper to remove the finish if re-staining. We chose to paint the table exteriors and leave the drawers original to show some contrast and wear.
- Paint or stain the tables to your taste.
- We chose to make a top shelf inside the tables rather than using the original upper drawers. We cut a piece of ¼” think plywood and glued/nailed it into place where the original drawer would be.
I am in love with how these turned out! They are going to look great in our space, and allow for so much more storage than what we previously had.
The color we chose is going to stand out great alongside the drapes we have and the neutral walls. AND because of the depth of the desk, we can choose any sort of light now because it wont take up too much space! I’m excited about not being tied down to a specific type of lighting…. and even more excited because I have had my eyes on this specific table lamp! But…. You’ll have to wait until the reveal to see those!
So not only do I get to keep that sweet little desk, it now serves a major purpose and has been given new life!
I have to add this “disclaimer”. I couldn’t have done this project without my amazing and ambitious husband! He really took the reigns with this project and rocked it! I scored a good one friends! I also had this sweet little helper.. How did I get so lucky??
Be sure to check back next week for another fun DIY that I am showing off for this project! Things are moving along according to schedule and I am geeking out over the progress!! Until then. XO!