Repurposing with a purpose…

This desk was given to me by my dad when I was 12, so 18 years ago…and his parents bought it new in the 60’s…so the desk was well over 50 years old. I used it to do homework on, then after college I used it to pay bills and write “important” things down. Then after I got my grandmothers antique roll top desk…it became a catch-all.

At this time I was well into tattooing, a short lived career outside of the firehouse, and I had this metal and faux wood drawing table that wouldn’t work half the time…so thats where I saw an opportunity…a purpose to repurpose.

I took this left handed writing table/desk and I decided this will be my new drawing table. I put it in the garage and got to work! First I took the whole top off which you can’t tell from the pictures, but used to be one piece. I measured it out and cut it so that one of the pieces could be propped up like a drawing table. Next I took the hardware from the old drawing table and pieced it together to work with the new one…Also I added a piece of shoe molding so that it would catch any drawing paper while the desk was propped up…

As you can see from the pictures I had also stripped the stain and sanded down any imperfections before I made any cuts. I did run into one problem, that being the long space where a drawer used to go, could no longer go in because of the drawing table hardware.img_4162

After it was sanded down and the shoe molding was applied I added little marks like shown above to give it a more distressed feel.


This was the finished product, after stain was applied, the only thing I did after this was sprayed it with a clear sealer. There was a lot more I could have done but wanted it to look more distressed than a brand new piece of furniture.

Let me know what you think!

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