TURNING A DESK INTO TWO BEDSIDE TABLES and painting them with annie sloan chalk paint

I found a solid wood desk on the road-
side the morning after we got home from
a 2 week vacation. It was a wonderful 
WELCOME HOME!!! I would never have
found the desk if we didn't have to go
back to the airport the retrieve our late
luggage. While boarding our plane back
east we saw through the window that our
bags were not making it on our plane, as
panic strikes and we asked the flight 
attendant what happens now.

"The baggage will take the next flight" he said. 
Our flight only comes into our home airport once a day so the
 next morning we arrived back at the airport and there was
 our luggage coming off the next flight. I hope sharing this
 info might help some of you feel better if you see your
 luggage being left behind.

Now onto the roadside desk project ....
BEFORE                  AFTER

The middle drawer was missing and one set of legs was 
already broken off this old desk. I removed the other set of
 legs and started unscrewing the top from the inside.

I will use the top for another project down the road
and find two smaller pieces for this project.

The next step was to separate the two sides. I checked
to see if there was any screws holding things together and
 found it was all glue and dowels, so out came my

I did NOT cut the dowels flush so I would not 
damage the flat side of the panels.

I sanded each area where the desk was originally joined and
 used my trusty wood filler to smooth everything out.

When it was time to find new tops for the two sets of drawers
 I went to my wood stash and found two desk pull outs made
 of solid wood that only needed one cut to fit my new 
bedsides cabinets. The new tops attached the same way the
 old top came off, screws from underneath.

I added a set of cabriole legs on the fronts and a set of 
straight legs to the backs of each cabinet. Then I sprayed
them with Annie Sloan 50/50 old and pure white before

The handles I choice for these drawers are 
pairs of genuine antique swing pulls.



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