Saturday, June 30, 2012

Show & Tell Saturday

Welcome to this weeks Show & Tell Saturday!!!

 Here is Barbara from Chase the Star to show you her amazing desk makeover, which she found at Goodwill for $14.99!

Hi! I'm Barbara and I write over at Chase the Star, a blog about crafting, decorating, DIY furniture upcycling, and more!  What a treat to get to be a part of the Show and Tell series here at Garage Sales R Us!  I've been a fan of this blog for a long time, so I'm really excited to be here!

I love garage sales and thrift shopping!  Even when I do have a little extra cash, I still shop at these places instead of at the mall or anywhere else.  Getting a bargain is sooo fun, and addicting!  So a few weeks ago I went in to my local Goodwill to find a piece I needed for a project  I was working on, when what do you know, I run into this old and very much in need of love yet full of potential gem:

I had to take a picture of it at the store right then and there, green plastic bin underneath it and all.  It was solid wood, no MDF anywhere, and believe me I checked.  The price tag said just $14.99, I claimed it as mine right away.

I didn't actually need a desk, until I found this one, then of course I 'found' a need for it.  It'll be my new work desk.  My future blog posts will be more enhanced, enlightening, and entertaining, because they will be written on this desk.  That's what I told myself-and I bought every word of it. HA!

Here's a quick tutorial on how this seen-better-days desk, got a makeover:

Outdoors with an orbital sander, and 60 grit sandpaper I sanded the top to remove all of the stains and water damage.

Lots of cosmetic damage

Much better!

Using Zinsser Cover Stain, which I adore, I painted the legs and body of the desk, leaving the top bare.

I didn't sand before hand because the cover stain is pretty good at gripping on to the stain without any necessary prep--this is why I loooove it!

Once the cover stain dried (about 10 minutes!), I did go over the whole thing with the sander to smooth it out completely.  I used 150 grit and it took about 5 minutes since I wasn't removing any stain or paint, just smoothing it out.

I bought a sample size of Behr paint in Bleached Linen (white) at Home Depot and with a foam brush I painted over the primer, and went over the top with Minwax Wood Finish stain in Dark Walnut. 


With a sanding block, I distressed just the edges to give it a classic and worn feel.  Lastly, I added a couple coats of polyurethane to the entire piece.

During the dry time, I painted the original brassy hardware with silver spray, which I already had (that's the best kind!)

That's it!

Loving the wood grain showing!

Super easy right?!  A few hours, some paint, and a vision..that's all you need to make something old and discarded, into something beautiful and timeless.

Here's a sneak peek at where it will be living..right under the large Pottery Barn bulletin board I got at a garage sale for a whopping $3.  Can't wait to fix it up and accessorize this space!

If you'd like to see more of my furniture makeovers or craft ideas, please visit me at Chase the Star.  You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest or check out my little Etsy shop!

A huge thanks to Garage Sales R Us for giving me the opportunity to share this with your readers!

Have a blessed day!


  1. That's amazing! It looks gorgeous. What does MDF mean?

    1. Megan, thanks so much for the sweet comment! MDF is an acronym for 'medium density fiberboard'--basically particle board! Hope to see you at my blog sometime soon!
      Barbara at Chase the Star

  2. Great job Barbara!!! Looks amazing!!

    1. Thanks girlfriend! Also thanks for the intro to Robin! God bless!
      XO, Barbara