Computer Table and Tool Drawers Makeovers

Late last year I changed the computer area of our family room by making over our old dining room table into a desk and rusty tool drawers into storage drawers. I'm finally getting around to sharing some current photos of this area with a few before photos.

Our family room is long and this end of the room, adjacent to our kitchen eat-in area, is a good spot for our computer, printer, modems and some office supplies. 

The previous table was too small and made it difficult to work at but we didn't need a huge dining sized table either. I compromised and saved money by cutting down an old dining room table.

My brother-in-law had these metal tool drawers in his garage and when I showed interest he gave them to me. Some black spray paint freshened them inside and out, and I added a plank base with wheels. The long drawers are perfect for office supplies. 

Here's a before of the table when it was our dining room table in 2009, and it also served as a work table in my hobby studio for a few years.

I cut down the width of the table and reassembled it.

To save money I cut the rounded edge off the butcher block table top and resized it. After it was sanded down I used Minwax Early American stain and a poly top coat.

I painted the table base with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White then used ASCP Soft Wax and finally a bit of MMSMP Antiquing Wax. 

After spray painting with a matt black, and the drawers in their rusty green condition. They are banged up but function really well.

 I still need to finish painting the chair.

I still need to work on some cord management and I'm thinking of drilling a hole to drop the wires below the table.

The drawers need some simple labels and I have a plan for the printer and a spot for the modems.

I would also like to replace the table lamp with a metal task lamp. This project cost less than $20 because I had all supplies on hand except for buying two cans of spray paint and four wheels ($1 each at a garage sale.) It is way more functional and I think it looks much better too. Thanks for visiting and I hope this inspires you to reuse something you have to make a space work better.

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  1. Great job with the table and I just love the metal drawers.

  2. Nice job Elizabeth! I love the desk!

  3. I admire your talent at working with wood. I could never cut down a table, sometimes I have trouble with sharp scissors! lol Anyway, great transformation on the new computer desk & the metal file cabinet. You definitely have vision on those file drawers!!

  4. That's cool how you cut down to table to make a desk! It looks lovely.

  5. I love how that looks! I'm such a fan of farm tables. I like how you stained the top a dark color. I never would've thought of cutting it down to a smaller size. That was a great way to keep using it.

  6. Hi Elizabeth !I love your blog .you have a new follower


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