I always wonder why people throw away perfectly good furniture. Is it infested with bed bugs? Are they too lazy to call the Salvation Army for a free pick-up? Or do they just enjoy filling landfills with stuff that may never decompose?
Eh– whatever the reason, thrifty souls like myself look at it as an opportunity to transform other people’s cast-offs from the “uninspiring” to the “unbelievable.”
And that’s exactly what happened with this “dumpster desk”! Check out THIS transformation! Would you ever believe that this:
Hard to believe this used to be next to the dumpster before I made it over!
….used to look like this?
FYI: The drawers were all there! It’s just that I almost forgot to take a “BEFORE” shot, and quickly did so without remembering to put the drawers back in! Ooops!
I had found this desk a little over a year and a half ago, right next to the dumpster in the condo where we used to live. I had backed my car out, ready to leave for work, and–SCREEEEEECH–what is THAT?! Oh, hellz yeah!
Because I couldn’t pimp it out the back of my trunk (like I do all my other crap), I lugged it the 20 yards or so back to my building…..down a flight of stairs…..and shoved it into the basement storage unit for safe-keeping, until I (eventually) would have a place to work on it and to use it.
And now I do!
I have been itching to try out *THE* paint that everyone is talking about, Annie Sloan paint, which has a reputation for being a bad-ass in the DIY toolbox. It doesn’t smell….doesn’t require priming….sticks to nearly anything….blah, blah, blah. Yep, I’m sold. And I don’t care that it costs nearly $40 a quart. I had to have it!
The only thing I didn’t like about it is that when you’re working with the can open, it tends to thicken up a bit quickly, forcing you to work faster. Slathering it on wide spaces when it’s drying out can leave large spaces a bit splotchy. Otherwise, it’s a great paint!
I bought both the Pure White, and Duck Blue, which is a greenish-aqua color. Simply gorgeous.
After playing around with it for a few minutes, I knew I wanted to lighten it up a bit, so I swirled in some Pure White into an old bowl filled with Duck Blue.
And just look at how many more shades you can make! I decided to do the tri-color tones on the desk. Of course, Pinterest contributed to the inspiration!
I had picked up these glass knobs from Antropologie when they were on sale. I knew they would be perfect for a future project.
Normally, knobs like this go for about $8 or $9 each at that store, but I picked these up for about $2-$3 about 6 months ago (FYI: Hobby Lobby has awesome deals on the knock-off Antropologie knobs).
I also like these crystal glass knobs, which are really cute! I have a few pieces of furniture where these would look really nice, especially on classic pieces!
The first thing I had done, however, was to prime the desk, although you don’t have to prime surfaces with Annie Sloan paint. I hadn’t been sure what paint I’d be using, so I primed it just in case.
The primer I used was suuuuper thick. I think it was “Gripper” from Lowe’s. It’s supposed to stick to anything.
The drawers had 2-screw handles, and I needed just one handle for those pretty little Antropologie handles. So I whipped out my power drill.
(Did you know that the invention of the first electric drill is credited to Arther James Arnot and William Blanch Brain in 1889 in Melbourne, Australia? Wilhelm Fein invented the portable electric drill in 1895, in Stuttgart, Germany. And in 1917, Black & Decker patented a trigger-like switch mounted on a pistol-grip handle). ~Wikipedia
Anyhow….interested little tidbit!
Next, I filled the old holes with wood filler.
….and sanded it down when it was dry.
The side of the desk also had a gouged out area.
I laid it on thick, so there was a lot to fill the large area, then sanded it out.
After all those little tedious things were done, it was time to bring on the paint!
Seriously, buy this paint. The color is so rich, and the coverage is so hearty, you will never look at regular paint the same way! If price is a factor, I did see a link on how to make your own chalk paint. Something to look out for!!
And so there you go, folks– it’s possible to find “trash” (literally) and turn it from this:
LIFE shouldn't be financial suicide! Thrift Diving is about finding cheap solutions to life's expenses, via thrift stores and second-hand goods: I paint used furniture and decorate my house with it....my family rocks cute thrift store clothing.....and I invest tons of DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement hours into fixing up our old 1973 single-family home. Thrift Diving is about turning the "expensive" into the "affordable." Thanks for joining me! Happy Thrift Diving!