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 The brass, large knobs were outdated and scratch so they were thrown.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


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!!