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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The rules are simply that the project has to fit the challenge theme, which will be something different to inspire you each month!
Get inspired and creative with your hosts:
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 scraps 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!
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SAM!!!!! This is amazing. You are quite the worker of wood.
Thank you, Lisa! It’s been a while let me tell you!
Sam this is beautiful! I just love your style 🙂
So glad you like it Susanne! Thank you 🙂
Sam you never cease to amaze me with your talent and skills. I love this little table. You did an awesome job.
Your so sweet Denise! Your words mean the world! Thank you!
What a sweet little table, Sam! I love every detail, you have quite the creative vision!
Oh gee thank you Kim! I really love to think outside the box!
Wow what a great idea to put legs on that desk and turn it into a table. I need to find a place for the table saw to live permanently in the garage so I can build cool stuff like this too.
Thank you, Toni! Don’t worry I am like you and have to keep pulling it out and putting it back after each project! One day I will have a nice big studio where I can leave out all of my tools to play with whenever!
This looks amazing. I love how you took the desk and recreated it into a table.
Thank you so much, Debra! I am so glad that I have finally been able get the project done!
Gorgeous, I love the extra little touch of the writing on the top <3
Thank you so much!!! I love to do it to my makeovers if it suits the piece!
Sam, this is so beautiful! I love that desk so much, and all it’s chippy goodness!
Thank you, Kim! It’s good to have it finally back in working order!
This project is the definition of vintage! So pretty and full of character. Love it!
So glad you like it, Janice! Thank you 🙂
What a great way of re purposing that desk top! It looks great and I love the words you added.
Thank you so much, Lisa! So glad you like it! 🙂
Is there anything you can’t do? You are amazing and all your projects turn out so beautiful!!!
Oh there is plenty! Thank you Janine!
Gorgeous! I love how this turned out!
Thank you, Amanda!
This was an awesome redo! The words add a special touch ❤️❤️
Thank you so much, Christina! I love to incorporate words when making over furniture!
I love this Sam, such an awesome upcycle, I know that my wife and I will be visiting many second hand shops in the near future to find things to upcycle! Thank you for the inspiration
Thank you so much, John! And happy treasure hunting!!