Gray and White Desk

Faye from MacGIRLver got this desk several years ago from her husband’s cousin. It had been acting as a TV stand in her rec room until Faye decided it couldn’t hide from her paint brush any longer and pulled the desk out for a makeover.

youth sized desk before

She was inspired to give the desk a “tuxedo” look with a contrast of dark gray and white paint. I love how she even blinged out the knobs a little by embellishing them with jewelry pieces. What a fabulous upcycle!

grey and white painted desk

See more of Faye’s desk at MacGIRLver.

White Secretary Desk

Kristy from 4 the love of WOOD had a big challenge on her hands with his secretary desk that was handed off to her. It was plagued with a broken drawer, ink stains, and holes punched throughout.

broken secretary desk before

Kristy’s work shows just how handy she is when it comes to revamping vintage pieces. To address the broken top drawer, Kristy moved up the bottom drawer, cut off the desk bottom, and then added some lovely ball and claw legs. The transformation is pretty astounding!

refinished secretary desk after

Find all the details at 4 the love of WOOD.

Painted White Desk

Karen’s latest edition of “Trashy Tuesday” over at Redoux features the transformation of this heavy duty desk that had been left for dead outside of a warehouse.

dumpster desk before

After a major cleaning and sanding, Karen primed and painted the piece with two coats
of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White and finished it with wax. It now holds her family’s computer and has created an entire new space in their home. Karen says, “I love that it was totally free. It just needed a good home and some TLC.” 

refabbed white desk after

Get the entire scoop at Redoux.

Ombre Painted Desk

Serena from Thrift Diving asks, “What do you do when you find an awesome desk next to the dumpster??” Around Roadkill Rescue, we all know the answer is to quickly pull over, forget about your dignity, and haul that baby home! Thankfully, that’s just what Serena did!

curbside desk

I am simply in love with the soft ombre effect that Serena created with chalk paint. This is just another project that attests to the transforming power of a fresh coat of paint. Who would have ever thought something this lovely could come from a dumpster?

ombre desk from dumpster

Head on over to Thrift Diving to read more.

Chalk Paint French Desk

Angelina from Ruby Jean received this French desk years ago from a neighbor for free. She had lovingly refinished it with an exchange student from Taiwan for her bedroom. Even though it was full of meaning and wonderful memories, Angelina knew it was time the desk had a fresh start after years sitting in the garage.


Out came the Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax! I love the desk’s soft new look and its presence in Angelina’s UH-mazing sewing room. Who would think someone would ever give away such an beautiful piece. The shape and details are simply gorgeous!

french desk after

Get all the details at Ruby Jean.

Silver Detailed Desk

You know Karen from Redoux was beside herself with joy to find this French-style desk sitting curbside. Even the lovely "l’odeur de cigarette" could not distract from the desk’s gorgeous shape and detail work.

refabbed desk before

After some primer and paint, the desk has a fresh new look. I love how Karen painted the recesses of the drawers with a soft gray and then used a silver paint pen to highlight the details. She knew exactly what this piece needed to be restored to its original beauty!

refabbed french desk after

Get all the details at Redoux.

Painted Storage Desk

Catherine from Paisley & Polka Dot Threads raced to grab this desk after receiving a call from one of her husband’s colleagues that it was sitting curbside. The top was covered with lots of stains and cracks that ruled out the possibility of refinishing it.

curbside desk

With hopes of a lovely, stained top dashed, it was paint to the rescue for this desk. The top looks nice and smooth now! Paired with an old, trash-bound map, the desk is perfect for Catherine’s husband’s new home office.

painted desk

Read more at Paisley & Polka Dot Threads.