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Thrifty Thursday: Computer Desk to Dresser

Thrifty Thursday: Computer Desk to Dresser


The Story

Thrifty Thursday is something I started awhile back so I could share my love for transforming old, outdated furniture.  I also get to share what I do for a living (a very part-time living).  I don’t keep 90% of the furniture I transform. I hunt, fix, paint, stage, market, sell, and then repeat.

My mom sent me a picture of a computer desk/dresser from our local thrift store.  My first reaction was “Wow! This is going to be a challenge!”  There was zero character but for some reason I said “Yes.”  I like a good challenge!  $26 dollars is a bit more than I like to spend at a thrift store but I knew there would be some profit in it.

The Before

Here’s the before.  The top of it swivels and the keyboard tray pulls out.  Super cool! And look at the amazing hardware! I mean, come on!  Drop dead gorgeous. Am I right? *insert eye roll here*

Before: Computer Desk Transformation


I unscrewed the top and popped off all those little nails.


I filled the holes with wood filler and then sanded it down. I also unscrewed the keyboard tray and filled all those holes too.


And here’s my behind the scenes picture of my little helper.  He’s my crazy and amazing two year old.  Life with him is an adventure, a very loud adventure.

web-4-23My paint color of choice…Annie Sloan French Linen and Pure White.  I mixed them together to get a beautiful taupe color with just a hint of gray.  The color turned out perfectly.  Next, I needed to figure out what to do with the hardware.  Keeping the original hardware wasn’t really an option because, well….look at it!  I went to a local craft store and bought hardware that would fit the original holes.  Unfortunately,  I couldn’t get them on correctly.  As I was searching through my tool box for a washer to help get the hardware to stay on the dresser correctly, I came across a bag full of old hardware pulls I had been collecting.  COME ON!!!!  I had completely forgotten about this huge bag of hardware!  I was so happy to find a matching set that fit perfectly and looked amazing!  My mom found a small pull to cover a big hole where I removed a lock.  Shout out to my dad who also helped get these drawers to slide smoothly.

The After


Take a 90s computer desk and turn it into a desk.

Dresser update


French Linen Dresser

Dresser update with Annie Sloan Paint

Vintage Hardware

Outdated Computer Desk Transformation

French Shabby Chic Decor Shabby Chic Dresser

You would never know that this had a swivel desktop.  No holes!

Thrifty Thursday Thrifty Thursday Dresser Update
French Decor Thrifty Thursday Dresser

This piece was a challenge but I thoroughly enjoyed turning it into something beautiful.  And I’m happy to say that this lovely lady has already found a new home.  Now it’s time for the next project!

Thanks for letting me share this transformation with you.  I can’t wait to show you the million other projects I’ve recently finished!

“And remember, you did it yourself and it will probably show.  Embrace the DIY life.”

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