Desk Makeover with Wallpaper Inserts for Under $100!

During my Black Friday online shopping spree this year, I splurged and bought myself a 27″ monitor for my home office, forgetting of course, that my desk had a hutch with an opening for a 20″ monitor. Oops! The monitor cost more than the desk, and I was thinking about making a change to this room anyway, so the oversize monitor gave me a good excuse to start desk shopping at Restore and on Craig’s list.

I found a super heavy solid wood desk on Craigslist for $60 and talked the guy into letting me take it for $50. He told me that it had belonged to a doctor who had it in his office since at least the 1970’s, possibly longer. When I opened the drawers, there were notes on pharmaceutical post-its in what looked like an older woman’s script labeling each drawer location. So cute!

The desk was fairly scratched and had several chips. It also had drawer pulls and I knew I wanted to use knobs instead, so I used some wood filler and wood glue to repair the broken parts. Then, after sanding, priming, painting, and polying, I wanted to give it a little bling, so I added some knobs from Homegoods, but still it wasn’t quite what I envisioned for the office.

I had some silver circle wallpaper from Lowes laying around that I bought because I loved it, even though I knew I would never put it on my walls (too much work). I thought the metallic silver in the wallpaper it might look good with the drawer knobs. I made a template out of cardboard and cut a pattern out of the wallpaper. I gave the pieces a quick coat of spray on polycrylic for protection and attached them to the drawers with dots. I then drilled the holes for the knobs though the center of the wallpaper pattern. It looks great next to the silver cabinet I painted a few weeks ago that has become a printer stand and paper holder.  I used the same knobs on both the desk and the cabinet to help tie them together visually.

Cost to refinish:

  • $40 paint, poly, wood glue & wood filler
  • $26 knobs
  • $32 wallpaper                                            
  • Total = $98

Desk Makeover

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Boutique display in a closet (from a China cabinet!)

Last summer when Ryan and I were visiting his family at their shore house, we saw a china cabinet in their backyard and asked why it was out there.  They told us they were planning on throwing it out since they had just purchased two matching cabinets to replace this one.  As they were talking, all I heard was “Free Cabinet!”.  We loaded it in the car and brought it home.  A few days later, I sanded, primed, and painted a bright bluish color – almost like a Tiffany blue.  I also bought some paintable wallpaper at Lowe’s and attached it to the doors using double stick tape incase I didn’t like it. The knobs also came from Lowe’s. It now sits in my closet proudly holding perfumes, purses, jewelry, and boots. I love that it looks like a display case, it makes me feel like I’m shopping in my own closet!

Project Cost: $85 ($40 for paint and primer, $20 for wallpaper, $25 for knobs)

Botique

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