Sunday, May 22, 2011

Free Cycle Desk Makeover

So, have you all heard of Free cycle? If you haven’t you should Google Free cycle for your town. It is great! It’s a group where the member post the stuff they don’t want of need anymore and they are all free for the taking. You can also post your needs and see if another member might just have what your need! It’s pretty darn great and keeps things from going to the dump! so, my daughter wanted a small desk for her room. I figured hey I might as well check free cycle before I go buy one. So, I check the page like once a day and up pops a desk. I contact the poster of the desk and no one has claimed it yet! yea! (That is one thing about free cycle, the good stuff get’s grabbed fast!) They send me a pic and I say yep I’ll take it! WE go pick it up. That’s it! Free Desk!

So of course the desk needs fixing up before it goes in Kayla’s room. That’s when hub’s and I went to work. Here is the desk before…


This is the pic the people who were giving away the desk sent me. Yes, it needed some work, but that didn’t scare me off. We sanded and painted, got some new pretty knobs, we added some fabric and batting to the drawers with a staple gun.

just spray glue on the batting and wrap the fabric around and staple. We put a few coats of glossy black paint on it, and covered the top with some really cool black and white vinyl fabric that matched her room. we added some gimp to finish off the edges of the vinyl. And even put some fun “eyelash” fabric on the sides for fun…the really good thing is that all the fabric we used my Mom already had in her shop Smile They were left overs from our days of sewing for interior designers (before she retired, now that was a fun job) We already had the black paint, so the only thing we bought were the knobs!

So, here is now. in her room. I actually did this at Christmas time but never shared it on my blog Smile


Here are the knobs, you can see once we wrapped the drawers in fabric, we just poked a hole and screwed the knobs in the holes that were already there form the old knobs. We just got the knobs at our local ACE hardware, they were only a few dollars each. The fabric is a black raw silk.

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I think it turned out pretty chic and fabulous! Especially for being free Smile

I hope this inspires you to make some old furniture into something new and wonderful, it just takes little imagination and elbow grease!


I’m linking this post to these crafty parties, Craft O Maniac, Making Monday Marvelous, Motivate Me Monday, Just Something I Whipped UpMaking the World Cuter, Inspire Me Mondays, Made by You Monday,


Sparkling said...

I really like this. I am not usually a fan of doing up furniture but I like what you did. The cushioned drawers is a really neat touch. It's just such a small workspace, how do you use it for anything? It would end up being a catch all in my house!!

Sarah said...

Madison is a spoiled little monkey. She has TWO desks that match, but I think I might have to steal this idea and make them match her and not her dressers (since we're going to be redoing those sometimes as well LOL!)

LOVE the desk!!

Kristen said...

I love seeing old things made cute again! I really love what you did with the top. Your daughter is a lucky girl!

Emilee said...

WOW! This is so beautiful! I love it! I have been looking for a nice desk like this for a while! Great Job!

Mel said...

What a great idea!!...I have an old desk that needs to be done over and now I'm more motivated than ever to get to it....(once I'm done my chairs)

I love how you used the material and padding on the front!! Such a great idea!, Makes it look so expensive.

What did you use to hold the material down on the top of the desk? Glue or staples?

thanks for posting

Julie said...

I used a staple gun. Wrap the fabric around and staple. :)

Anna said...

That is a fab-u-lous desk! I love how you covered the drawers. Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Warrior.


Ty and Whitty said...

That is amazing girl! I love it. I so want to redo my deck now. I pinned this

A Mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

That turned out to be very nice. I've never seen drawers finished like that. It really stepped up the style.
Found you through blogfrog.

Jennie said...

You guys did a great job on that desk. I have belonged to freecycle for years but never used it. I just put stuff on the curb for the garbage and it's gone in a flash. lol

Anonymous said...

Wow that is really chic! I love it! I love Freecycle!

Paula said...

Gorgeous. Truly love it. Had to chuckle as I just used similar paper for a lampshade. One of my very first projects actually!

You have an impressed and inspired follower more!

Alicia said...

this is seriously gorgeous!. you've inspired me!

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