desk makeover, dresser makeover, Flea Market Flip, Uncategorized, Vintage Dresser

Vintage Desk Makeover

desk makeover copy

I was given this desk/secretary from my mom because I wanted to change the look of yellow and orange to something more modern. My sister and I had this in our bedroom until I was 4 years old and then it sat in her basement where she put sewing related items in it.

My mom told me the history of this desk and I saw it in a totally different light. It was my great-grandmothers desk, who was a Norwegian immigrant, that was bought to put in her new home. She passed the desk on to her youngest child, my grandmother. I then learned that it had a hutch on top. Of course I have to look up secretaries on lines and found some that it could have resembled. My grandmother’s home had slanted ceiling and it did not work to be that high so it went into the attic. When my grandma moved to a “modern” home she found that my grandfather got rid of the hutch. How dare he.

Later this was passed down to her youngest child, my mother. I do believe she painted it the white and orange. I had noticed green paint and some white. The inside of the drawers were a pretty oak but with all of the scrolls, I decided to not go down to the original but paint it. I may change it again down the road. I also noticed that the hardware was not the original. The drawers had a two hold pull but was filled in along with the keyhole in the top center of each drawer. How could they do that! The brass, large knobs were outdated and scratch so they were thrown. I found these at Hobby Lobby. They were a distressed white that gave it a modern but old farmhouse vibe. I did have the original pull for the little drawer inside the desk. It needed a facelift so I used a metallic bronze spray paint that I had on hand. I had to get new i-hooks but otherwise I put it back together.

For the paint I went with Behr white with the primer added. I have found it has great coverage when I did a previous project. I have used chalk paint also in the past. I was trying to decide what to do with the scrolls and I used a brown glaze I had on hand and it gave it a gold look. When I bought the hardware, it just didn’t seem to match so I took a fine paint brush and painted acrylic black paint to outline the deepest lines for enhancement. After that was dry, I took white acrylic paint that was a little watered down. I used a damp paper towel and wiped it over the top to tone it all down. There is a little of the brown glaze that still shows through but much more subtle.

By the way, I am the youngest child and 4th generation to have this desk. I have one child and I don’t know if he will want this someday. This is now in my home and I am using it as a desk again. I was excited to put my things inside. I hope my great grandmother would approve.

Door Shelving, Flea Market Flip, Uncategorized


When my son was home for college, I had him cut the heavy door in half. He has long arms and is able to reach across much easier then I can. Plus he likes to participate in my projects.

I decided which side I wanted my front to be and screwed hinges on the ends for a 90 degree opening.

I found a 1×12 pine board that I had and cut my shelves and attached them with L brackets.

Stand it up and place in a corner spot. There you have it!!

Flea Market Flip, Uncategorized


This little side table was brought to me by a friend. She thought I would change it and I did just that. I started my plan with the bottom, which I find myself doing often. I used a blue chalk paint and scrapbook paper for the front of the drawer. I debated to use the existing pull to the drawer or purchase a new one. I just painted the existing one the same color as the legs so it would be balanced.

Then I had to figure out the table top. I was disappointed when I received it because it wasn’t the original top. Someone used plywood and made a top. That changed my original plan on sanding and staining the top. Plywood is not smooth, at least not this quality. I decided to use paper and Mod Podge.


Once it is all applied I cut the edge to align with the edge of the table. Then I painted the top with black paint. I also put silver acrylic paint and rubbed it on the top with a paper towel. I find that with this type of table top, people can’t help but touch it.


Chalk Paint, Flea Market Flip, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Wood painting



I saw this table at a second hand store and I new I could give it new life. Change it so someone would want it again and not just get rid of it. It is a good solid table with great craftsmanship.

I wanted to bring up the pattern that was so carefully put in this table. I started off with the bottom by applying linen chalk paint. I wanted to add a different color in some of the features so I found some interior grey paint that I had on hand. I didn’t use a lot of it, I just highlighted a few areas. Using a small detail brush, I used a dark stain to highlight the grooves to make it pop.


I used a special dark Minwax to add a finish that also smoothed out some of that stain. It also gives it a little texture.


I was happy with the bottom and then I had to figure out what to do with the table top.


It wasn’t as good of shape as the bottom. It looked like it could have had some minor water damage. I sanded the top but I couldn’t get the look I was hoping for. I would have loved to be able to sand it down and stain it. I decided on painting the top black but I still could see a few “bubbles”. I decided to go with the paper bag application.


Normally you would use wallpaper paste but I didn’t have any and I don’t live near an area to get it easily, so I used Mod Podge. I do like to have that on hand. I ripped up a roll of brown paper and applied it on a glued surface. It also has to be applied to the top. After it dried and I cut the edges, I went over it with my black paint again. I still wasn’t satisfied with the look and debating taking it all off again. I went to my acrylic paint and put some gold paint on my pallet and rubbed some paint on with a paper towel. Then I was satisfied. I had to go back and seal the edges again because there was a few spots that were a little “loose”.

A totally new transformation. It became a little more classy as well.

Flea Market Flip, Uncategorized


As my son was going to move into his first apartment, I wanted to find him an old dresser at a garage sale. The older furniture were made better then our “modern”furniture and the cost is much less. I went to the garage sale that stated… dressers. I came home with two. One was a taller one for my son and this one. I didn’t need it but I knew I needed to do something with it. I had it for several months before I decided what I wanted to do. I was going to use Milk Paint but after reading about it, I decided against it. You had to add items and mix with the powder. What I did find was to use Chalk Paint. I have used black chalk board paint but didn’t know it came in colors and for furniture. Because I live in a small town I look at Amazon. I bought a Caribbean Sea Chalked Finish paint by Chalk County Paint. I also read about using a top coat of a wax. I planned on distressing it so I bought two finishing wax by Minwax. Once clear and one special dark paste. It recommended a professional wax brush as well and I wish I would have brought two.

After applying two coats of chalk paint, I used a palm electric sander and lightly sanded the edges. I have done this before on previous projects. I applied the dark wax on the places I sanded and once dried I applied the clear wax. I used a cotton rag to “buff” it. That make the shine come through, like you would expect to see on wax.

I had chosen to strip the top of the dresser to its inner beauty. There were some wear and tear that looked really nice but there were also rings from someone setting a cold or hot beverage on it. Please use a coaster!!🙂 I used a dark stain I had on hand and applied just one coat and waited 24 hours for it to dry. I applied two coats of polyurethane to finished it off. Of course you have to lightly sand with a fine grit sand paper between coats.

I am sure there are people who would go about this differently but this is how I did my garage sale find. I am now on the hunt for a new project!!