WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD DESK DRAWER



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 so keep reading.


This secretary had stickers on it, screws in it, ink stains, drawers that didn't work,
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 hole and altered the frame.


 I repositioned 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 with new drawer pulls.
 
 

I hope this will get you thinking about your options for saving wood furniture from the landfill.
 
Here's the before and after ....
 
 
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12 comments:

  1. Fabulous...the legs make it....and all the hard work!

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  2. Amazing work!! Your love and passion really shows in every piece you create. You are a wood artist!! :)

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  3. Amazing work!! Your love and passion really shows in every piece you create. You are a wood artist!! :)

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  4. I really like this trick of taking the extra drawer slot away.
    I did this on a little 4 drawer,chest of drawers years ago--someone was tossing, I asked her if I could take it off her hands and she said "That? It's broken you don't want that."
    I said, "sure I do, it will be perfect to go between my daughters beds after I cut the bottom off, it will be just the right height." (now it is a 3 drawer chest)
    I did same as you. Easy trick. I still use it. I still use the chest of drawers too in my room!
    I love your dainty legs that you added.
    great job.
    Pat

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  5. A very beautifull work and I love this piece with legs.

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  6. WOW! What a FABULOUS transformation!

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  7. My daughter would love this desk! So wonderful!

    I love seeing creativity that is put to use salvaging furniture!

    Deanna

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  8. wow. you really worked your magic on this one! Beautiful.

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  9. Beautiful! Very creative of you to re-configure this broken piece of furniture that someone else would have tossed in the garbage! Thank you for the tip on removing stickers :)

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  10. The hard work really paid off! Great job!!

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  11. Wow, that turned out beautiful! You can see all the hard work you put into restoring this piece just looking at the before and after photos. It is really gorgeous now and I give you a lot of credit for putting so much time into it. It certainly paid off!

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  12. Wow! What vision you have, it turned out so beautifully!

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THANK YOU ALL!