Repurpose a Desk into a Sideboard {Buffet}

Repurpose a Desk into a Sideboard (Buffet)

Ikea Hack Desk turned into a buffet via Chase the Star #ikea #desk #hack #buffet #diningRoom #console #sideboard

{Photo updated Nov. 2013}


You know that old piece of furniture that you have sitting in your garage ready to donate or give away? Don’t do it!  If its got good bones, then fix it up, or re-purpose it into something that will be functional in your space.  
I had an old desk we’d gotten at Ikea about 9 years ago.  It was dark wood, in decent shape, and used in several rooms throughout the years. About a year ago, I had the genius idea to paint it white. Not sand, prime, paint, and poly-just paint it. As a result, a few months later, this is what it looked like:

You live and learn–to paint furniture the right way.

It sat in my garage for months, until my husband was fed up lovingly told me to do something with it, or it would be going to the dumpster.  
I’d been keeping an eye out for a buffet or sideboard for the dining room, so I thought I’d (try to) re-purpose this desk, save a little moola, and keep my husband happy.  Win-win!
Paint brush
Painter’s plastic (or garbage bags)
Spray paint
Plywood sheet
Decorative brackets
Orbital sander
I started by sanding the entire piece down with my orbital sander.
{Layers of paint and stain come right off with a little sanding action!}
Covering the top piece with large garbage bags {you could use painter’s plastic} I brushed on the primer {I use Zinsser Cover Stain}.  I had a piece of plywood cut to size at Home Depot to make a shelf where the chair opening is on the desk so that was sanded and primed, as well as the decorative brackets.
Once that was dry, I sprayed the entire bottom half, including the plywood shelf and the brackets with high gloss white paint.  It covered well with just 2 coats.
After drying overnight, the hubs added the brackets and the shelf.
I later added 2 coats of walnut stain to the top piece, and changed the knob to a pretty acrylic knob I picked up at HD.  
Accessorizing it was the most fun part of the entire project!  I went to the thrift store {home away from home}, and purchased everything you see on the bottom half for just $65!  The {real} silver pitchers and bowl, the copper tea pot, all of the plates and cups, and the ice bucket {which was new}!  Oh how I love thrifting! 
At the top I placed the cupcake stand I’d made a few months back, and some other items I had around the house.   
You may remember the ‘Eat’ Kitchen Sign I made a while ago out of scrap wood, works great with my new buffet!

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Still working on the accessories, rearranging etc., but I’m very happy with the way it turned out, and it’ll be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner this week!
Have you ever re-purposed a piece of old furniture?

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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. says

    Hi Barbara!! My name is Stephanie, and I am a first-time visitor to your site today- I found you through Google when I searched “upcycling old kitchen utensils.” This post isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I am extremely (not to mention GLEEFULLY!!) thankful for stumbling upon your website nonetheless.
    So after I skimmed through this desk-turned-sideboard article, [I was too enchanted by your photos to stop and read every word!! (but I bookmarked the post so I can come back later)], I then checked out the DIY cupcake stand & cloche; marveled over your Subway-Style-Baseball Dresser; GASPED OUT LOUD (no, seriously!) when I found your blue / zebra print file cabinet; and then spent the next 45 minutes experiencing wonder & awe while navigating around your website. It is beautiful. What you do is beautiful. You have become such an inspiration to me in less than an hours time, so I wanted to really let you know how awesome you are.– in case you haven’t been told that yet today! =)
    Oh! One more thing!- sorry this is so long- but thank you ALSO for helping me to (finally!) decide on something I have been going back and forth on for some time now. After looking at your 2013 Christmas mantle, I have FINALLY decided that it is time for me to go out and buy myself a stag head- stat! I love them so much, but just wasn’t sure that it was practical for me (the only plan I had for a deer-head was to hang it up in my bedroom and dangle my necklaces from its antlers)- but I see that it can be a great decorative piece out in the living room as well. So thank you! ;)
    Don’t ever stop doing what you are doing, Barbara- you have incredible talent, and the world needs to experience and be inspired by creative individuals like yourself!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Stephanie, oh my goodness you have made my YEAR with your kind comment! It’s people like you that inspire me to keep pushing even at times when I want to give up! I’m so thankful for you and for your lovely comment! I hope my blog encourages you to be creative, and to have fun beautifying your space. It’s all about trial and error (try that stag head in your living room!) and seeing what sticks. I am totally being sincere when I say your comment made me a little teary eyed! Thanks again, and I hope to ‘see’ you around here more often, or on Facebook and other social media. WELCOME! XOXO


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