• Hello lovelies! So i’ve been promising to share the overhaul i gave a cheap and cheerful second hand buy for about 6 weeks and i just haven’t got around to it – my apologies! I finally got my act together to take a few pix – so here it is! I found the desk on Gumtree and co-erced The Captain into driving to Noordhoek to fetch it – his first words: ‘nice firewood’. But i didn’t care what he had to say – we really needed a little cupboard or bureau for our open plan kitchen area since what was our green grocery cupboard (see here about how we shifted things around) has been moved upstairs to become a linen cupboard. A bureau is perfect since i receive deliveries virtually every day and i don’t always get to them – and this way i can shove stuff out of sight to deal with later. Also, the drawers below mean i now have somewhere to neatly pack away fabric napkins and placemats and i haven’t figured out what the bottom two drawers are for.

    OK, so here is the before pic of the pine ‘firewood’ in all its glory


    On the morning we painted it, the rain was threatening to come down, so i literally ran into Builder’s Warehouse and ran out again – chose and had the colour mixed in 5 minutes flat – it was a bit of a gamble, but i’m thrilled with how it turned out


    What i did:

    • Gave the desk a light sand

    • Primed with one coat of primer

    • Painted with 2 coats of Dulux Blue Diamond 4 (tip: with high gloss paint – always use a sponge roller to avoid streaks)

    Because the weather was terrible, it took 2 days to dry and to be honest it needs some touching up but i was in a rush and need to get back to that. I printed off some patterned paper off the net to line the little blocks and the drawers and hey presto – done and dusted!


    I love it and it’s the perfect me-space for my stuff that collects!

  • 8 Comments to “My Writing Desk DIY”

    1. Colleen on

      What was the Captains comments on the finished piece? What a transformation, amazing what a coat of paint can do.

    2. Samantha on

      That really looks awesome 🙂

    3. lameez on

      Good Morning ..Wow looks amazing ,loov!

    4. Phillippa Duncan on

      love this xoxo

    5. Cathi on

      Vicki you have the Midas touch !! Looks amazing and fantabulous!!

    6. Lois Carol Wessels on

      It looks wonderful – what a transformation! You have great ideas, wish I could acquire them by osmosis!

    7. Rose McClement on

      FAB- UUU-LOUSSS. Nice colour as well and the little feature tucked into each box – so cute.

    8. Kim Richter on

      You are so clever. How handy!

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