Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nifty Thrifty Desk Makeover!

When I first spotted this great little storage desk at a local church thrift shop, I feared it had belonged to a skinhead with the strange Nazi-like symbol stenciled all over it!

Before deeming it worthy to be photographed as a makeover project (Summer 2012 issue of A Primitive Place & Country Journal ) I searched online for similar symbols, not wanting to offend anyone if it stood for some hate group. I asked my daughter if she'd seen it before. I asked Facebook friends if they knew what it stood for. It looked so faintly familiar to us all, but no one knew where they'd seen it.
Luckily, I somehow found the image through clicking on countless Google searches & discovered it was just a shoe symbol from the mall; some teenager's favorite cult skate shoe company logo symbol & not a supremacy cult symbol.
Once that mystery was solved, I got busy turning this trash into treasure! I've never seen so much storage space packed into one little desk unit ~ 4 drawers on each side, extended space under the lift top writing space, and room to tuck a chair in, wow! At just a $15.00 investment, I decided this was a makeover project I'd be keeping instead of selling, even though I found similar desks listed for sale online for $150.00 and up. There's so much hidden storage for stashing my vintage stuff...
After sanding the stenciled logos, covering the many layers of paint was a breeze because that skate shoe fan's last coat had been so dark. The black now shows through the lightly distressed coat of red just enough to add primitive character.


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  1. OMG! I am so in love with your finished project!

  2. Thanks, Kitty! If you subscribe to A Primitive Place, it was in the Summer 2012 issue along with my other Trash To Treasure makeovers (

  3. It looks awesome now that you have redone it! I would have been worried about the symbols too. It doesn't seem like a desk a teenager would have in their room let alone want to put a shoe brand all over it. Creative on their part, though. But, definitely a treasure now!!!!!