Slowly, slowly things are getting done. I had a list of items I needed for the small room up north at Our Little Red House and I was on the hunt for these items from second hand shops. We have been escaping the city as much as possible and we needed a desk in the back room for my son and daughter when they are doing their online work and school from the university.
You all know my rule when it comes to furniture that goes up north. Because we don’t live there, we save our money and buy second hand furniture to keep debt down. I try (try is the magic word here) and mostly we have been able to stick to our budget but there are situations where we have to buy something new.
Anyway, my budget is under $20. I went on a hunt to find a desk and chair for under $20 and guess what? I did it…I am surprised too. In fact, this set was under $10.
Just needed a little TLC.
For some reason I have noticed that second hand furniture is always missing their hardware. I believe they are stripping hardware off and either the ones donating are keeping it or the second hand shops are bagging them up to sell as well.
Didn’t matter, because one of my go to items when out shopping are knobs. I have been collecting knobs for years now. I use them on furniture remakes and other home decor projects.
First I painted the top of the desk white. It had some damage on the top. I could have sanded it down but I was pressed on time and we had to head up north a day after I bought this.
After I painted the top I added some knobs.
So here it is all finished.
Pretty easy remake, just needed to be cleaned, knobs added and some paint. Which I had on hand anyway that was left over.
I love shopping for the new stuff too but sometimes it is nice checking out those used items that tend to get tossed a lot. Better to see what is headed to the dump and save what we can. And anyway furniture is made of real wood back from back in the day. Vintage furniture last longer in the big picture of things.
Now we need a bed frame, and some shelves for the dining room area. Guess another challenge is on. We will see. Happy second hand hunting everyone.