Ugly Work Desk Makeover – Meet Eleanor

February 12, 2013

I recently did a huge make-over of my “studio” aka patio (to see the complete studio makeover, visit this blog post).  The main attraction of my makeover was my work desk that I use to prop up furniture while I paint so I don’t have to bend over.  The work desk was a $20 Craigslist find and named “the Behemoth” because of how ugly, heavy and unwieldy it was.  The top was totally ruined from me painting on it and I honestly had no hope of this desk turning into something nice.  I planned on just leaving it be.desk-before-and-after-dear-olympia

Then I suddenly decided to go ahead and give refinishing it a try.  I used one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Simply White, distressed it with a wet rag and waxed it using the clear wax.  It only took about 45 minutes to do all of it!


The hardware was a typical boring metallic color and I changed it up with Antique Gold Rub ‘n Buff.


I distressed the desk more heavily than I usually do because I wanted her to have a distressed, yet stately look.

I call her “her” because with her makeover, she’s earned a new name – Eleanor.

It’s a strong, stately name for a strong, stately workhorse!

Here is a picture of Eleanor doing what Eleanor does best, that is protecting my lower back!


To see the entire transformation of my patio/studio, visit this blog post.

I’m linking up with:

Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Power Of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Trendy Tuesday @ Sweet Little Gals
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Trash To Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner
Tell It To Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living Outside The Box
Tuesday’s Treasures  @ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

Walkabout Wednesday @ Taingamala
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ {Primp}

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Catch As Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change


Friday Link-up @ Redoux
Vintage Inspirations @ Common Ground
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Feature Friday Free For All @ Five Days Five Ways
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

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