Did you guys catch Holly’s amazing desk makeover for the Fab Flippin Furniture Contest last week?
Well we must have a heart for abandon desk recently because I’m sharing mine this week too!
My MIL dropped off this lovely piece when she came by one day.
It had been sitting outside for sometime and wasn’t a very solid piece of furniture to begin with, but I loved the details
….and well, it was free.
I’ll say it again, and again, I’m not fantastic with wood projects.
I can start and finish almost any floor, painting, or decorating project without thinking twice;
but for some reason wood projects for me just turn out rickety.
First off, this desk needed two more legs.
I was lucky that both of the legs on the right side matched.
I picked up those legs above at Habitat for a couple $ each.
Now here’s where my “not-so-great-with-wood-projects” problems started to happen.
As you can see above, there was a brace or bracket for the original legs, but I picked up round legs at Habitat and a bracket wouldn’t work to keep them sturdy.
Therefore, the back legs moved a lot and the desk looked weird and drove me nuts!
To beautify, I matched the desk to my kitchen cupboards and counters.
I figured if I was going to have a big desk as the focal point of my kitchen, I should at least blend it in a bit.
I painted it Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray and used Ardex faux finish white cement to refinish the top.
(This is what I used for my counters and I will have a big tutorial coming soon telling all about it!)
Then I added some hardware and decorated!
Well I loved the desk!
….but it still had that wobbly problem!
Until my dad suggested screwing the desk into the wall studs and letting the legs “hang” to some extent,
and that’s exactly what I did.
It worked great!
Who would have thought to just screw the desk into the wall?
I’m thoroughly enjoying this space!
If you’ve ever wanted an office space in your kitchen, I highly recommend it!
If you have any nook or a little wall space you can probably find or build a desk to fit there!
Hope this gave you a little inspiration!