Jul 7, 2014

My Sewing Studio: The Desk


I really felt lucky when I found this solid wood desk on Craigslist.  It was a corner desk, the perfect size, solid, and had a mid-century modern feel to it.  I really liked the curved shape flanking the drawers, and the funky legs.  At the time, this desk was being used in the office of some grimy industrial business and it was pretty forlorn.  I knew it was really crying out for someone to take it home and give it some tender loving care.  My suspicions were correct when I opened the top drawer and found the following label inside:

It was fate!  This desk had ties to the sewing world before, and now it was time to return to that world and become a valuable asset to my sewing studio.  No more grit and grime for this beauty!  The ad on craigslist had listed the price of $50 for the desk.  In my enthusiasm of finding the perfect desk, I was willing to pay the price, but my frugal side just had to ask the gentleman how much he wanted for it.  Well, he was anxious to get rid of it and said I could have for $25.  SCORE!  He, along with a fellow worker happily loaded it into my van and away I went.

I decided that I wanted both sides of the desk to be closer in height to each other.  I solved this by purchasing a couple of new legs from the local home improvement center, cutting them to size and reattaching them. I also drilled new holes a few inches higher than the original holes for the bolts that attached the two sections of the desk together.  

One thing I knew for sure was that I didn't want the laminate top to remain dark brown in color.  I had painted laminate before and knew exactly what to do.  I first primed the laminate with Zinsser water based primer.  Once dry, I top coated it with the same latex paint I used on the rest of the desk.


After everything had dried thoroughly, I laid some lace fabric over the top and lightly sprayed it with Heirloom White spray paint.  Some areas have a heavier coat of paint than others, but it just adds to the effect.  Years ago I did the same technique on a dresser and metal cart.

Once the spray paint dried, I coated it with a few layers of Water Based Polycrylic.  I like the clear satin sheen.  Years ago I painted the laminate-covered rails of our pool table with the same technique (minus the lace overlay, of course) and it hasn't chipped or scratched off at all.

All of the hardware is original and got a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

I found an adjustable silverware tray at a thrift store for $2 that fits perfectly in the center drawer.

Each side of the desk has extra tabletop space that pulls out, if needed.

The lower drawer is just the perfect size for a wastepaper basket.

I'm loving the convenience of sitting at a corner desk and switching effortlessly between my sewing machine and serger!

The total cost for a corner desk in my sewing studio:

Thrifted Desk.....$25.00
One Gallon of "Oops" Paint.....$15.00
Spray Paint.....already on hand
New Legs.....$7.00
Polycrylic.....already on hand

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  1. What a fabulous desk--good job you did! I got some ideas for my own sewing area. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a score! Love how you painted and made your area so pretty. Pinned it! I hope I can update my space soon. Visiting from @DearCreatives drop by anytime and feel free to share your post at my weekly party if you like! Theresa

  3. I <3 your desk and sewing room! Pinning:)

  4. I love this so much! If only I had a sewing room to decorate!

  5. Cute! What a perfect find.

  6. It really turned out great! Much lighter and more fun than the old look of the desk. Good
    idea to make them closer in height also. I forwarded it onto my daughter who is always doing
    this sort of fun stuff.

  7. You must surely have a good luck fairy on your shoulder, because that is the best $25 desk I've seen in ages! And what you did with it? Nothing short of completely amazing! Thank you for showing us all what imagination and a lot of TLC can do. Now you have perhaps the most awesome sewing studio any girl could ever dream of! And you did it all! Especially love the beautiful hardware now. Great job!


Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the feedback and always look forward to reading what you have to say! Susan