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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in How To | 0 comments

Trash to Treasure DIY Desk

DIY desk

Sometimes you go looking for DIY inspiration, and sometimes it finds you. For Julie Sardelli of Largo, Fla., it found her in the form of castoff furniture at a yard sale that she turned into a $70 DIY desk project.

The solid, vintage cherry desk featured rich curved lines, claw feet and leather-insert top. “It was in perfect condition except for the leather,” she said. The cost: $50. “I researched replacing the leather. It would cost $100 to $150 to replace it, and that was not even using an expert in leather restoration,” she said.  “I decided it wasn’t worth the cost and risk.”

old leather-topped deskJulie used her DIY skills instead. Her solution: paintable wallpaper and black satin paint. She headed to her local Lowe’s and bought some supplies. The inserts weren’t deep, and the wallpaper proved to be a good solution to create an even surface. Using Mod Podge, she attached pieces of wallpaper to the leather sections.

paintable wallpaper desk insert

She sanded the wood around the inserts, and then painted all surfaces with a black satin paint. Once it dried, she added a poly acrylic sealer. “I had to be careful not to oversaturate the wallpaper,” Julie said. Small bubbles are normal, and the hardest part of the project was popping them with a pin.

painted wallpaper inserts

For a finishing touch, she used a rub paint to turn the dated, brassy hardware into a soft silver. The result, a gorgeous desk for less than $70:

  • Yard sale desk: $50
  • Paintable wallpaper: 5.95 for one roll, on sale
  • Satin-finish paint: $9.95
  • Sealer: $16.95
  • Rub paint: on-hand; normally $4

painted DIY desk

Using creativity and inspiration instead of a lot of money, you can turn someone else’s trash into something to treasure.

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