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Creamy Yellow *Free* Desk Makeover

By Classy Clutter on Jun 28, 2012

One reason that I LOVE where I live is that there are TONS of curb freebies, roadside finds, roadkill rescues, or whatever you want to call it. I joke that half of my house was found on the side of the road. Well, that's only partly true but I really do find awesome things on the side of the road! During the warmer months here in New York, there are always good finds to be found!

I snatched up this little desk as fast as I could when I passed it on my neighborhood street.


Since the desk was free, I wanted to see how little I could spend to do the makeover for my sewing desk. My old sewing end table desk got a paint job and moved into the living room.

First, I sanded it just a tad (mostly on the top) where the sewing machine would sit and where the most wear and tear would occur. Then, I wiped it down to remove any dust and debris from sanding.

(1) Next, a sprayed it with a good coat of Kilz Spray Primer and Sealer that I had on hand. Again, mostly on the desk top.

(2) After using spray primer, I like to take an old sanding sheet and rub the piece down to get rid of any gritty texture the primer may have left.

(3) Next, I mixed my own concoction of sunny yellow and white to create this gorgeous buttery yellow. I love the outcome of mixing colors. If you haven't mixed paint colors before, it's really fun! When you don't have to be super picky on the color, its fun to experiment and use what you have since I didn't really want to spend money on this project. 

(4) Last, it got a spray down with my HVLP spray gun. 


The desk was missing a knob so I swapped the knobs out for some I had in my stash from a dresser I did for a friend. I kept the original handles though and gave them a spray with Krylon's metallic nickel. The hardware spray paint was the only thing I purchased for the makeover making my total $3.97! 




I added this contact paper I had under my kitchen sink and I think it makes it look so polished and "finished" looking!



Not a bad project for less than $4 huh!? It is absolutely perfect for a little sewing desk and I love that I have more drawers to store all my notions, thread, etc. 

What do you think?!  Have you found any freebies lately??
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