If you have been following me for a while you know that I don’t like seeing things go to waste! This sure was the case for this project. Sometimes when I find a piece of furniture, get it home and clean it up it’s not in the best shape! That’s when the creative juices get flowing and the tools come out. Sharing how to make a Farmhouse Repurposed Broken Writers Desk Top.
Farmhouse Repurposed Broken Writers Desk Top
After further inspection once I bought this sweet little table home, the stand that was on it was loose and going to prove difficult in repairing. So I removed the base and used it to make a Farmhouse Stand and the top has been sitting in pile of goodies just waiting for me to do something to it. Well luckily inspiration hit when our Creative bloggers Challenge came around again where we had to build something from scrapes.
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Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Kimm @ Reinvented
Denise @ My Thrifty House | Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Susanne @ Life On Pearl Street
Vineta @ The Handyman’s Daughter | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life
Sarah @ Sugar Bananas | Emily @ My Mom Made That
- Old Writers Desk Top
- Wood Filler
- Drop Saw
- Scrap Wood – I used some scrapes that I had left over from my Family Rules Sign
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Casement
- Miss Mustard Seed Antique Wax
- Drill and screws
- Soft Cloth
- Paint Brush
- Sander and 120 grit sandpaper
- Liner Brush
- Transfer paper
- Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
I had already started to paint the project a little while back and then realised is was in worse shape than I thought. There were two side pieces on the table top and one was badly water damaged so I removed them.
So I used the wood filler to fill in all the gaps. Once dry sanded the filler back until nice and smooth.
Then I measured around the base of the desk top and built a frame to be able to have something to attach the new legs to.
Now to build the legs
For this next part I had to channel my wood working classes from high school! I’m sure there is an easier way to make these legs but I wanted to go old school. Cut your legs. This will involve a little measuring pending on the size of your desk top. Take a pencil and mark out a line about halfway across the leg. Then use a drop saw to make lines as shown above.
Flip and do the same for the other side. Then using a chisel remove the wood and file down until smooth. This creates a space for the cross leg to sit securely in. Using a drill screw the cross legs in the center and attach to the base of the table top.
Paint the top of the desk using Casement. Distress to your liking. Using Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax stain the legs.
Because this once was a writers desk I decided to add a bit of a Raggedy Bits touch. Print off some words that relate related to writing. Trace onto the top of the desk using transfer paper and block in with your liner brush. Let dry and distress to your liking. Wax the desk top to seal.
And there you have a sweet side table!
Be sure to check out below all of the fun projects that my blogging pals have also made from scrapes below!
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