My Trash to Treasure Desk Redo

A few weeks ago I struck gold at the thrift store. When I saw this cute little solid wood desk for $25, even though it was a little dinged up, I knew it just needed a little spray paint and tlc.

The chair was a thrift store find from months ago that we kept in the garage for days we needed extra seating.  Cost: $7.

The picture frame was found a few days earlier at the same thrift store for a buck.

We began by giving everything a light sanding and a good coat of primer.

Once dry, we did another light sanding and applied the paint.

I used Krylon Black Gloss spray paint. I chose gloss because I wanted the finished product to be easy to wipe clean, and it really isn’t as shiny as you’d think. Looks like new-from-the-showroom furniture. The polycrylic gives it a nice finish.

I used a piece of foam board, wrapped it in batting and covered it with fabric to make a bulletin board. Matching ribbon and buttons complete the look.  Super easy!

I picked up a piece of 14x14x2″ upholstery foam from Hob Lob for $2 and created a matching chair cushion by covering it in the same fabric.

The lamp and picture frame are from Hobby Lobby too. All told we spent under $75 for this desk, chair and bulletin board fix-up. Not too shabby! The good thing about thrift store redos like this one is that they really don’t require any special skill. Just a little patience and effort. And if/when I mess up, I can just break out the sandpaper and start all over again!

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  1. This is fabulous
    I was looking at a redo for my almost 13yr old daughter and your redo is perfect
    Great job 🙂

  2. GREAT JOB!!! Looks fabulous!!!

  3. wow! wow! wow!

  4. That looks amazing!!! You did a great job!!! And just might have inspired me to finally finish my daughters thrift store desk, although I am sure yours turned out much better than ours will lol.

  5. Looks awesome. Am very proud of you n how it turned out. Love the pink. 🙂

  6. I Love, Love,LOVE what you did with this desk, the frame, the chair and everything! It all looks amazing!! I did a small round-up of thrift store desk makeovers on my blog and I hope it’s okay, I just could not help but feature your gorgeous pink and black desk! You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing this.. I’m definitely inspired to make one of my own 🙂