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I'm not always cutting up furniture, sometimes I "just add paint and hardware".
A few months ago I picked up this desk for a steal—only $7!
Someone had replaced the original hardware with some kind of kitchen cupboard hardware.
That left me with some extra holes to fill. I used some wood putty to fill the holes.
I sanded it back.
I used some Scotch Blue painter’s tape around the edges.
I wanted a glossy white, and I had this Krylon Rust Protector Gloss Enamel. It works on wood too!
I sprayed many light coats—following the instructions on the can for dry times and re-coat times. I removed the tape before the final coat was dry. If I waited, it may not remove cleanly.
Here’s her new look! You can see I taped off the middle of the side drawers to give the desk the look of having a total of five drawers. I think that little extra bit ads a lot to her look.
I added some simple silver knobs in place of that kitchen cupboard hardware that she was sporting.
It’s so amazing how easy spray paint updates a tired, old piece of furniture.
The old gal still has a few blemishes, but I think that gives her character.
I found this chair at a local thrift store that is closing, and got it for 50% off, a mere $6.
I love quick and easy makeovers--but cutting stuff apart and repurposing it is still my favorite project!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.