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So I’ve been looking for a desk forEVER and I finally found one on craigslist for 30 bucks!

Granted it looked a lot better online then when we picked it up, I knew it had potential! I wanted a corner desk (room saver) and every one I saw was at least 500. No thanks! So with a little work I think it turned out just perfect!

Told you it was in BAD shape. My neighbor was like what in the world…haha!
First things first is to SANDDD! Electric sander…yes please!

Then I wiped it all down and gave it a good coat of primer and then 2 coats of black paint. I used my paint sprayer of course-such a time saver! For more details on painting check out my kitchen post. I was to lazy to sand in b/w each coat of paint, but I think it will be fine!
We took off all the hardware, and I gave them 2 coats of heirloom white spray paint.
OH YES and we tore off that nasty backing and put on some leftover bead board from the kitchen. Yes we glued pieces together. haha!
The after shot!! What do you think?
i LoVe bead board!
Now it’s time to move all my craft stuff out of the closet/all over the house and into the desk!
Hopefully I’ll have more pic’s this weekend!

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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78 Responses to “Desk Makeover-Before & After!!”

  1. Kendra@My Insanity

    Wow! Great deal & great work! It looks like a million bucks!

  2. Decorchick!

    That's beautiful!! I love beadboard too. I'd put it everywhere if I could. Great find.

  3. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living

    Wow what a great deal! Your desk looks gorgeous, you did a great job on the transformation!

  4. Kristi

    Are you sure you didn't just buy a black desk to pass it off as an after?? I'm KIDDING!! It really looks like a totally different desk. Awesome job!!

  5. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}

    Fantastic makeover! I love the bead board. This will be a lot of fun to craft on!

  6. Rory from Tools Are For Women Too!

    Wow! Love it! I would really like to see this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Please link it up if you have time. Rory

  7. Jenna Eve

    Such a great transformation. The bead board is genius and it looks so high end.This is inspiring work.

  8. [email protected]

    Wow, it looks fabulous! Congrats on getting the desk you wanted at such a fantastic price.

  9. Jessica @ Me and My Bucket

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! Seriously, that looks sooooo high-dollar!! You are amazing, thanks for linking up!!


  10. Tere

    Let me just tell you you did an awesome job fixing that up! I'd love that! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales~Party Time Thursday!


  11. Lanie Ree

    Whoa, nice job1 Talk about a perfect desk. even if it did take a whole lot of work!

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session over at Life in the Pitts.

  12. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    It looks great! A brand new desk! I love the beadboard on the back, too.

  13. Tere

    You have been featured @ PonyTails&FishScales! Grab an I ROCK button from my blog!

  14. The Autocrat: Haley

    Totally love it!! I NEED to go buy one of those paint sprayers!! The desk is fabulous!

  15. Heather

    What an awesome transformation, all that sweat equity paid off!

    Visiting from Reinvented

  16. HoosierHomemade

    Oh My! That desk is amazing! You did such a great job!
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. ★All Thingz Related★

    It's beautiful! I love beadboard too!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

  18. Amy Bowman

    so very awesome! love. love.
    thanks for linking up at "AP Tuesdays!"

  19. a little lovely

    that looks amazing! i really need to find something to use bead board on. i love that look :)

  20. Amy Bowman

    just wanted to let you know i featured this post today. thanks again for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

  21. The Pennington Point

    A. Mazing. No THAT'S a real trash to treasure story. I love it! Lisa~

  22. Lee Laurie

    It looks amazing! I want one too! I love the black with the white knobs.

  23. Raelynn

    I would guess that's probably up there on the best $30 you've ever spent! The desk looks AWESOME!!!

  24. MarLin Photography

    Sooo love it! I've been looking for a desk forEVER too and as my mom says I have champagne taste with a discount beer budget (lol). I will be revisiting craigslist and freecycle for sure now. Great job!

  25. Ms.Cupcake (aka Becky)

    LOVE this post! Great info and your transformation is lovely! Hope you have a lovely day! Come say HI on my blog anytime! Love to have you there!

    xo Becky

  26. Joanne

    I love the desk! You did an awesome job. I love the beadboard too. It really dressed it up alot.

  27. Home Hinges

    What an amazing transformation. Was this just laminated or is it real wood? I don't know if I would have been brave enough to try this based on the before pictures, but now I might take a second look at those really beat-up finds.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    April @

  28. Jess

    OMG!!! It looks so good!! I’m so jealous! I’ve been looking for a L shaped desk forever for my scrapbook room! (new homeowner and finally get my own craft room)! It looks amazing and so similar to my vision!! Thanks for giving my hope back! haha Amazing job!

  29. Shorty

    OMG!!!!!!! I can’t believe this is the same piece of furniture. I know that person is kicking himself on Craigslist. This is beautiful. I wish I had vision like that. I have an antique table and chairs I was gonna sell at a yard sale. Know I am thinking could I do that well refinishing it. Thanks for the inspiration and God Bless.

  30. Skye ~ Creative Chaos

    Wow! Awesome makeover!! I know what you mean about corner desks >..< ) and need a fair amount of tlc, but a good cleaning and putting them back together was all I could manage. And truthfully… you can't see it beneath the mountain of craft supplies piled on top anyhow ;) LoL When the time comes for me to move to a different place ( and hopefully have a separate room for working ) I'm keeping this makeover in mind !!

  31. LouAnn

    This looks awesome. How do you protect it from scratching? I have a desk almost just like this I would love to paint – but I’m afraid it will look bad after regular use from scratching/chipping. Would love your tips!