Op-Shop DIY | My first foray into refinishing furniture!

A project, started and completed within a week!  That deserves some more chocolate.

I spotted this desk at Junk & Disorderly whilst on a scouting mission for a little cabinet to sit at the end of our kitchen.  We had a vacancy for a small piece of furniture that did not need to do anything nor hold anything, a corner that just needed to be filled.  I couldn’t find anything to meet such lowly requirements.  But I thought about this old desk for a week.  I thought maybe it would work, maybe I could be handy enough to re-finish it and at just $25 I wouldn’t be investing a whole lot of money in it if I didn’t love it.  We went back the next Saturday and it was still there, hidden under a pile of old typewriters.  It wasn’t pretty.

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A light sanding, two coats of primer and two coats of paint applied with a roller and the old boy looks a lot better.  I had some gunmetal coloured spray paint in the garage so gave the old brown legs two coats, I loved this step, it was quick-dry paint so all done and dusted super-quick.

It works, and I know that if I don’t love it forever I will easily be able to double my money by on-selling.  I just need to finish the corner off with a brightly coloured little stool and then E will have a little nook to do his homework while we are working in the kitchen.

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I live in rural Auckland, New Zealand. Two boys, one big, one not so big and 2 boy dogs belong to me and I them. I love Coca Cola in all of its sugar-less forms and I love you internet. I take way too many pictures of my kids and collect them all here. This is what I am doing when I should be cleaning or cooking or doing other 'useful' things.

6 thoughts on “Op-Shop DIY | My first foray into refinishing furniture!”

  1. wow, that is quite a transformation, i would never had guessed it could look so good!
    I have such a soft spot for old-school desks, the one i sat at at primary school was just like yours, but with ink wells, which we didn't use, i hasten to add (i am 'older' but not elderly!) x

  2. Truly an amazing makeover you've done with that furniture. Finishing seems quite stunning and it indeed looks like a new table. Great work, keep it up….

  3. Refinish the old wooden furniture is indeed a very good idea. Wooden made furniture is best among all furniture materials. While you refinishing your wooden furniture, you probably thinking about paint and stains. Thanks Kathryn for posting this amazing guide here.

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