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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Recycling a Thrifted Desk

Good morning friends.  
I have a real treat that I am sharing with you today.  I have been quite under the weather for about 6 weeks now and have not been doing any projects but that doesn't mean the projects have ceased around here. My son "T" took a Spring vacation and has taken over the job of getting some projects done.  He loves to do DIY when he has the time. So today I am going to share one of his with you.  
Now you have to understand - he does not blog, I was unable to get any pics, and the ones we have were taken on an I-phone by him. Let's just say we need to work on our presentation.
"T" is much like me in the fact that he loves to go thrift shopping and drag home great "treasures" to upcycle and make a great piece for our home.  So when he dragged this rather large executive desk home I wasn't really surprised - just wondering what in the world he had in mind. Usually we're pretty good at seeing each other's visions for projects but this one had me stumped. 

thrifted desk to be used in upcycled diy desk

He started by tearing the above large desk into pieces to get the parts he wanted to use.  First he built the left section of the desk that would house the drawers using new lumber.

diy box for drawer unit of desk

Then he built the top and right side of the desk also using new lumber.

beginning structure of diy desk

Looking pretty good so far but where is the old desk coming into play?

side of desk showing x design

This is a view of the side of the desk where he built an "x".  He first used this design in our  Anna White Shelf Unit he built a couple years ago.  

shelf unit diy'd with Anna White plans

We both fell in love with the rusticness of the "x" on the ends and wanted to use it in more pieces.

diy desk with old thrifted desk incorporated into it

Next he started incorporating the parts from the old desk which were one of the tops and the drawer units.  He then sanded everything so it was smooth and ready to accept paint.

upcycled desk with paint and new hardware

He decided to paint the desk with some white paint we had on hand and then put burnished bronze drawer pulls on it.  

finished diy desk in it's new home

Here it is in it's new home.  He also hung a couple of shelves above it and solved the lighting issue by installing puck lighting on the bottom shelf.  This makes for a very nice office area for him and/or a homework station for Miss A.  
I love how this turned out and how he incorporated the old into the new.  A great recycle/upcycle project and he still has a lot of desk for any future projects he decides to take on.

diy desk using an old thrifted desl

What have you been up to this week?  I love to hear from you so tell me about it in the comments below.
Until next time enjoy creating something you love.

I will be linking to the parties listed on the Where I Party page. Be sure to go by and visit them as you will find so much creativeness and inspiration at each one.

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  1. Thank you for sharing Cathy at SYC! :) Jo

  2. Cathy I just love what you did to this desk, especially the x designs on the side. Thanks so much for sharing this great desk fix on Friday's Furniture Fix!

  3. What have I been up to? Nothing as enterprising as you!

    Thanks for sharing this great project at SYC.

  4. I love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing at Merry Mondays!

  5. How talented he is God Bless! He came out with a beautiful desk!

  6. I love this desk redo!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

  7. Wow! He has good vision! I would have never come up with that! Great job!

  8. AMAZING! love this! Thanks for sharing at DI &DI!

  9. Popping over from Creative Muster party! Amazing furniture makeover, Cathy!

  10. What a talented boy1 I would never have seen the vision. Lucky you to have him!! Sure hope you are feeling better now Cathy! Thanks for sharing his talent with SYC.

  11. What an amazing job you and your husband did--you never would know from your before how your after would turn out :) Thanks for linking the project up at Vintage Charm--we love having you join in the party!

  12. This looks so awesome!! You did a great job :)

    Edye //

  13. Cathy, you did an awesome job with this desk, I love the "X" at the side too!

    I would love to invite you to share it with us at our new Sweet Inspiration party, which is live every Friday:


  14. I so love how this turned out!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!