Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Desk for the Kid's Computer - Another Craigslist Find

A short time after we moved in, we realized that with all our extra space, we needed quite a bit more furniture. One piece that we needed was a desk for the extra computer that the kids will use for their games to be placed in the basment rec room which also houses the television.

I searched my local Craigslist for an inexpensive desk and found just what I needed for $15.  She wasn't pretty, but she was just what we needed for the space.  And the seller even threw in a couch table and a glass topped end table for free.  Watch for redos of those pieces in the future.

It is amazing what a good sanding, my favorite oil based primer Kilz and a can of paint will do to dress up a piece of furniture.

The hardware which I thought was a lost cause, cleaned up quite nicely with Brasso and a lot of elbow grease.  While I wouldn't normally put brass hardware back on a piece of furniture, since I don't like brass, the basement has golden walls and carpet so the hardware just seems to work. 

I love the rope detail on the edge of the desk.

The total cost for the piece was less than $30.00.
$ 15.00 for the desk
     0.00 for the brown paint (I used paint left over from our previous home)
     2.50 for the part of the gallon of Kilz
     2.50 for a 1/2 can of poly spray to protect the surfaces
     1.00  for the amount of Brasso used to clean the hardware
     7.00 for the brush I didn't clean well enough where the bristles turned hard as a rock (figured that it should be counted in the cost of the project). 
$28.00 Total Cost for the desk redo

I think it looks quite nice in its new home.

Please note:  The chair next to the desk is NOT the chair that will ultimately be used with the desk.  That chair is in my garage waiting to be repainted the same brown and recovered with a coordinating fabric.  The chair pictured next to the desk is Hubs' old office chair.  Lovely isn't it?

I am linking this post to The DIY Show Off:  Fabulous Furniture Show & Tell.  Check to see what others have linked up. 


  1. Great job! I love the detail. I can't believe you cleaned the hardware up so nicely! Wow! Thanks so much for linking this to the DIY Show & Tell - I love seeing what you're up to! ;)


  2. I love Craigslist! Although he hasn't been too great to me lately... love the color you chose. I've got a Power of Paint Party of Wednesdays... I'd love for you to come party with us.

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