This is one of my favorite types of projects to work on. Something passed on to me from someone who knows no matter how bad it looks believes I can turn it into
something fabulous. And this desk did come out looking amazing after I worked on it.
This secretary had stickers on it, screws in it, ink stains, drawers that didn't work,
and more but the largest problem was one drawer was missing the whole corner.
My solution was .... get rid of the drawer.
I moved the bottom drawer into the top position and altered the frame.
I moved the front kick board up and cut the side panel back to the rear legs.
Check out the photo above for details.
I put new legs on the front that just happened to be the exact length I needed.
If they had been shorter I could have cut the back legs to match the length.
Here she is standing up again with two drawers and new legs.
The inside of the top was also a big challenge to deal with. It had floor tiles stuck to the work surface,
melted wax to remove, holes that needed fill, and the piano hinge that held the fold down was
bent and missing screws. All of which I fixed but it took a lot of time and patience.
WD-40 is great for removing stickers and adhesive. Be sure to wash the area with soap and water after
using it. WD-40 is an oil based product that will cause water based paint to react funny on the surface.
Here she is all painted and put back together.
I hope this will give you some options for saving other wood furniture pieces from the landfill.
Here's your before and after ....