A Charcoal Black Desk

I love taking an old or dated piece of furniture and giving it a new life.

This sturdy desk was a curbside find in our neighbourhood on the first 'big garbage' day after a long winter. This is the day that we are allowed to put out oversize items for pickup. about once a month from April 'till October. The stuff is usually set out neatly so others can claim it. It is funny to watch big piles dwindle in size and great to know that good stuff is not hitting the landfill. I'm not above curb picking and my husband hasn't minded since I showed him how I could make a profit.

Before, or during sanding (I almost forgot a photo), a very dated and rough mustard colour finish with glitter glue here and there.

I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint and Primer in One in a charcoal black. Please ignore the stack of board and batten wood on our living room floor ;) It has a neat little pull out shelf and three dovetailed drawers. I decided not to distress it because that seems to appeal more to buyers around here.

I'm listing this desk for sale on kijiji, but the little Vilas maple one I bought is already sporting a fresh new white finish. I just need to find knobs and take some photos because I am keeping that one. We are enjoying beautiful weather this weekend, the end of our March Break, and I'm hoping to get a few more projects complete before I'm back to work on Monday.

UPDATE: I sold this within 12 hours of listing it and now I need to find something else to paint ;) Cost to me was less than $3 of mistint paint and it sold for $80.

You can find me at the following awesome parties...
SNS #125 at Funky Junk Interiors
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Cowgirl Up Link Party at Cedar Hill Ranch
SNS Special - Refabbed Furniture - at Funky Junk Interiors


  1. This looks really nice Elizabeth. Great job. I like the flat black look.

  2. Very pretty! I'm jealous of those of you who find curbside treasures!

  3. Awesome!! I wish I found good trash like this... I literally only find trash!

  4. Job well done!! You just never know what you will find on the side of the curb :)


  5. Looks great, Elizabeth! Great job! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  6. I love it Elizabeth! I think you did a fabulous job...love the black! Angie xo

  7. oh, very nice. I like the sleek black finish. Cute find!

  8. That is a fabulous looking desk, now! I love it, I'm sure it won't take long to sell that one.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. You really improved the look of that desk. I'm sure someone will be glad to have it!

  10. Don't you just LOVE fast sales?? They are so validating... I love keeping things out of the landfill, too. Trash pickin' is just GREEN livin'.

  11. It looks wonderful Elizabeth. I can understand why it sold quickly.

  12. Dine Osterdekoration wirkt wirklich leicht und luftig !
    Ich wuensche Dir ein wunderschoenes Osterfest
    und liebe Gruesse aus dem verregneten Deutschland


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