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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Craft Desk Makeover

I needed a desk for my new office for crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, and such.  I found this unique desk at GW for $14.99 and new it was what I was looking for.  It was a little wobbly and was some sort of laminated wood...weird.  I could picture some cute little baskets sitting in the little cubby spaces.  I also found a chair that I could refinish *forgot to take before picture* that had U.G.L.Y fabric on the seat.  It was not even cushioned...just fabric stapled to the seat board.  BLEH!

A little black spray paint, a cute new knob, some fabric and foam and it was perfect!  It is not as organized as I would like it to be, as I am adding shelving above the desk soon!  Updated pictures to come soon!
I was going to replace the legs because the desk was not tall enough to fit a chair and myself under, but I decided that I liked the legs and just got out in my garage, found some scrap wood and made some blocks to glue and screw to the underside of the desk to raise it up.  I also added a piece of wood under the other side.  It helped stabilize the legs also, so no more wobble (which would be really bad for sewing!)
I found these little blue baskets at the Dollar Tree.  I need to go back and get a few more.  Right now I have photo boxes on the other sides.  
Excuse my mess inside the desk, but it has nice storage inside.
As you can see I am not the best photographer, but wanted to show how cute the knob is!  I love it.  I think I got it at Lowes.
I went to JoAnn's to look for fabric and thought this would go great with my green walls!  I couldn't decide which one I wanted for the seat, but went with the paisley.  I plan on making the striped fabric into a pillow for my chair (it is missing a back piece).  

This was so fun to recover.  Got my staple gun out, some foam, batting, and went to work.  The front is not as smooth as I wanted it to be, but oh well.  I think it looks really good!  
I really love the shape and curves of this chair!  

What do you all think? 

I would love to read some comments and any suggestions on shelving above the desk would be great!  My office reveal will be coming soon!





  1. It is the same fabric!!! We clearly have the same great taste☺ Your desk and chair look incredible!

  2. What a great crafting spot! Can I come over and use it!?! :) You did such a great job, Tina!

  3. I love it! It looks 200% better, so sleek and put together. Great job!

  4. I love it! What a find! The chair is adorable and I love the fabric! It is amazing what paint will do!

  5. Amazing! What a fun place to sit and do crafts and such. :) Love the fabric you chose!!

  6. I love it!! Since your desk is so mod looking, if I was you, I'd have floating shelves, like the LACK at IKEA. I'd buy them or paint them black. It all goes together so well. I need to check my local GW to get a desk too, but I will probably buy a desk at IKEA because I want a pull out shelf (for the keyboard) attached.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Katharine @ Kat's Almost Purrfect World

  7. wow! what a transformation!
    gorgeous in black


    barbara jean

  8. Love, love this transformation! I have an old (huge) metal desk, beige in color like teachers used back when, and have wanted to transform it. I now am feeling a bit inspired! Thank you much!


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