Repurposed Desk to Console Table

‘Tis the season for cabin fever! Anyone with me? Here in Ohio the days can mainly consist of gray and dull. However, there is a highlight when it snows and makes everything new. Unfortunately, it can still keep you shut in for longer than you might like. I’ve decided to make a happy place showing you how by using a repurposed desk. Check out this vintage beaut I found…

Thrifted Vintage Desk Before Repurposed Use by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Oh yeah…it’s totally got the late 80’s, early 90’s vibe going on. haha. I guess that makes me vintage since I was born before this era. And, I daresay I’m rockin’ it y’all. woot!

I was drawn to the shape and size of this desk. The kidney-shaped top has some funk to it, the legs have some beads running in them waiting for some fun. The washed finish is beautiful, but in rough shape. Someone must have placed candles or something on it to make these circles.

Stained Desk Top |

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There’s more than just those three, but I’m pointing them out so you can see.

Anyhoo, I wanted to take this desk up to a new level and make it into a console table. It has the potential to add more storage and create my happy place.


First, I dug into my wood stash and found a piece of ply that I could use as a bottom shelf. The legs are square on the inside edge which makes it conducive to adding wood. JC, my partner in DIY fun, helped me cut it to fit. Meanwhile, I prepped the table for the next steps.

Next, once cut and sanded, I added veneer to finish off the edges properly. You can see how I used this same stuff to repurpose a sewing desk HERE. Just iron it on, trim, and sand.

Ironing Edge Veneer onto Shelf | #prodigalpieces

Then, I needed to add pocket holes so I could have a nice finished look and still attach it securely at the same time. For that, my Kreg Jig is my go-to tool. Also, notice the holes are placed on the underside and attached as shown.

Pocket Hole Joint for Repurposed Desk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Next, in order to make this a cohesive, yet repurposed desk, I want add some color fun. You know where I’m headed with this…right? tsk.

Time for some of my favorite HomeRight tools. I pop up my Medium Spray Shelter and break out my Super Finish Max Extra sprayer. If you’ve not seen this beast in action before, take a peek at my video demo below.

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HomeRight Spray Shelter & Sprayer with Repurposed Desk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

In addition to the shelter, I am also using my handmade DIY Lazy Susan for Furniture. You can see the tutorial over HERE.

Funny story…JC helped me assemble the table then went inside because I told him it was time to paint. I knocked out the painting in 5 minutes and went inside. He said, “You’re done already??” haha. I laughed. YUP. That’s how awesome this sprayer is. It’s the real deal!

HomeRight Super Finish Max for Painting Furniture by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces


Per my normal, this was not the last step, though it could have been. Nope, I wanted to add a story to this newly assembled table. I grab my sander and have at it. However, some would say why paint if you’re going to sand? Well, how else to I get the yummy layered look? yasssss…

Sanding Painted Table with DeWalt Sander |

Next, the next best part was to remove that retro knob and change up the whole feel of my repurposed desk. In order to do that easily and effectively, I use my handy drawer hardware jig. This thing has saved me so many headaches. It not only allows you to center a drawer pull, it also aids in leveling hardware with the twist of a couple knobs.

Kreg Jig for Cabinet & Drawer Hardware |


Not only did I find the desk at the thrift store, but this loot as well. We’ve got some botanical blocks, baskets, a tool, misc, and that wooden thing-a-ma-jig. All of this is going to be part of my happy place. I kid you not…you don’t have to spend big bucks to make your house your home.

Assortment of Thrifted Finds for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces


Can we have a happy dance for my DIY happy place? {{happy dancin’ goin’ on}} Yahoo! I’m just a tad excited to see this all come together. Can you blame me?

Farmhouse Style Spring Decor from Thrifted Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #spring

Fresh Herbs for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #spring #garden #diy #home #homedecor

In addition to the fun color pop the paint gave, I’m smitten with the texture my sanding gave it. It tells a story now.

Chippy Blue Farmhouse Console Table from Repurposed Desk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #furniture #spring #home #homedecor

Chippy Aqua Table from Repurposed Desk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #farmhouse #cottage #spring #home #homedecor

Distressed Painted Console Table from Repurposed Desk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Likewise, my little botanical section brings me joy. I love, love, love gardening and all things plants. They remind me of how our Heavenly Father created us to take care of His creation in the original garden. You have scents, paired with textures, sounds of wildlife (when outdoors), and tastes. Powerful.

DIY Console Table made from Repurposed Desk by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #furniture #homedecor

Blue Hyacinth Flower in Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #flowers #garden #hyacinth #farmhouse #home #homedecor

We give flowers when we love someone, we give flowers to offer joy in sorrow, we give flowers just because. A sweet friend of mine, Jeanette, knew what cards I have been dealt lately and we both shop the same grocery on the same day. Coincidentally, in my feed someone said that this store had their hyacinths on sale again for the season. If you know me, I just love them! You can see how I upcycle those jars too HERE.

However, I sent my kids (my awesomely capable kids BTW) to do all the grocery shopping and errands for me this time, their first time. I forgot to tell them to grab me a hyacinth on their way out. Jeanette saw my kids shopping solo and left this beauty and a gift for my family at the checkout. Then, talk about feeding my soul. My kids witnessed God’s goodness through others and came home BEAMING. Thank you, Jeanette…beyond words. Check out her feed at on Instagram at @lifehadrepurpose.

Farmhouse Spring Home Decor from Thrift Store Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #flowers

Also,if you’d like to make a happy place of your own or just plain love this table, you can find it in my online shop.

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Cottage Style Blue Table Made from Repurposed Desk | DIY detail at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #furniture #farmhouse #homedecor


HomeRight and I are all about empowering you to up your DIY game. We are giving away a Medium Spray Shelter to one of you. woot, woot! Easy entry – complete as many steps in the widget below as you like. Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will be notified via email. In addition, be sure to check your spam!

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Also, in and share my repurposed desk (aka. happy place) fun. Inspire others to smile their day away. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • ColleenB.-Tx.

    What a great make-over of that cute little desk. That suits you to a T. Also like how you get everything arranged; including that wooden thing-a-ma-jig (trellis)
    That old tool is pretty cool as well.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    January 16, 2020 at 5:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun to make it into a table for a sweet spot. I just can’t resist botanicals too. Thanks, Colleen!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Babette Thurston

    Hi Larissa,
    What a cute desk! Love the color! If I won the HomeRight sprayer I would definitely use it to paint my dining room table and some bifold doors I have to do soon. That would be awesome!!

    January 16, 2020 at 6:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Babette! Just FYI, the giveaway is for a Medium Spray Shelter – I just didn’t want you confused. Hugs!

      January 16, 2020 at 7:27 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    I love the table and cool use of the thing a majig

    January 16, 2020 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…gotta love terminology. I’m a word junkies, actually, so this was fun! Thank you.

      January 16, 2020 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Carolyn G

    SO glad you’re feeling well enough to do this, it looks great! Keep it up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 16, 2020 at 7:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So far so good! Thank you, Carolyn. ๐Ÿ˜€ I had these done ahead in most instances.

      January 16, 2020 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Susie Wilcox

    What a great piece for such pretty plants and flowers. I would love to have a HomeRight Spray Shelter to redo some bookcases waiting their turn in my workshop. If I spray inside , everything will be covered, so the tent saves so much work. Done in 5 minutes! Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I win!

    January 16, 2020 at 7:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I hear that. Overspray is not my friend. ahem. This makes it soooo easy!

      January 16, 2020 at 8:43 am Reply
  • Amy Mercier

    Another beauty, you are always in my prayers.

    January 16, 2020 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for lifting me up, Amy.

      January 16, 2020 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Mariah Beaney

    Love how the table turned out! Also excited about the giveaway! I have a whole bunch of stuff I’ve been waiting to paint, but have to do it inside so I’m hoping I win. Thank you!

    January 16, 2020 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo!! I’m excited to hear it, Mariah. Thank you!

      January 16, 2020 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have some chairs I would like to paint!

    January 16, 2020 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    Oh I have been dreaming of one of these shelters for so long!! Would love to add it to my shop.

    January 16, 2020 at 8:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t blame you. It’s my overspray savior! ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 16, 2020 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Judy Newell

    You are so creative. PS-still praying for good health for you.

    January 16, 2020 at 9:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you on both accounts, Judy.

      January 16, 2020 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Toni

    I LOVE your blog. The desk is so cute! My dining table with chairs and benches is 50 years old, and as much as I treasure the marks left by my kids, it could use a new look. What a perfect job for the sprayer!

    January 16, 2020 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…yay!! That is awesome to hear, Toni. I know the feeling. I redid mine a few years ago. Loooong overdue.

      January 16, 2020 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Becky

    Pretty blue! How sweet and thoughtful of your friend to get those flowers to you!

    January 16, 2020 at 9:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a blessing, right? The sweetest gesture.

      January 16, 2020 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Sally Smith

    You do amazing makeovers!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    January 16, 2020 at 9:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance ovah heeya! Thank you so much, Sally.

      January 16, 2020 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hello Larissa, you gave this desk a much needed and perfect looking story. The blue color is so pretty and I love her new hardware. Also, way to go with the thrifting haul, you created a beautiful vignette here. We are praying for you, and your health sweet friend.

    January 16, 2020 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My kids saw me looking at it in the the store and knew I was taking it home. haha. I couldn’t help telling stories of what it reminded me of from the 80’s and 90’s. Cool.

      January 16, 2020 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Cathy Klose

    Love the color choice of the table as well as the drawer pull!

    January 16, 2020 at 10:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m hooked on blue and bin pulls. haha! Thanks, Cathy!

      January 16, 2020 at 10:34 am Reply
  • Linda C Johnston

    Larissa, I have to say, another great redo! I have never done this before, but I am going to interrupt my comment with a question. I am considered a pretty savvy DIYer. However, I CAN’T USE THE DARN KREG JIG!!!!! I ordered the Jr. from Amazon, but I cannot figure out that stupid thing! lol I know this makes me look pretty dumb, but there you have it. Any suggestions? Oh my how I would love that paint sprayer!!!! I pray for your health and welfare every day.

    January 16, 2020 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    The tool is an old meat tenderizer. I have my grandmothers. You would pound meat to tenderize before cooking. Good find. Love the desk.

    January 16, 2020 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I think they’re fun for many things. I have it available in my shop. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 16, 2020 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Alicia H

    Great desk makeover! I love the soft blue you chose.

    January 16, 2020 at 11:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It’s one of my favorite second’s paint.

      January 16, 2020 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Kim

    I have a baby bed for a soon to be little boy that needs a new paint job.

    January 16, 2020 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Shelly

    Nice Job!

    January 16, 2020 at 11:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Shelly!

      January 16, 2020 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Amber Kolb

    I love it!! It looks great! I think I would tackle making a St. Patrick’s Day pallet painting and then work on some antique furniture we have in the basement. We have a few years, a side table and a lamp.

    January 16, 2020 at 1:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like fun, Amber! Thank you for the love.

      January 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • Mary Walberg

    Wow! Quite a transformation! I’d never have considered putting that lower shelf on the table and it just totally made the whole piece. Beautiful work, Larissa! So enjoy your blog and follow faithfully. Praying for your health to be totally transformed too! With God all things are possible…even me winning a sprayer ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ JK… ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 16, 2020 at 3:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I saw it and couldn’t resist giving it more purpose. Thanks so much for the love!

      January 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    I just love those bulb jars and can never seem to find them around here. I love what you did!

    January 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Gail

    What an inspiration! Beautiful job! Gail

    January 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’ve made my day, Gail. Thank you!

      January 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Clara Green

    Love your projects. You have given me several good ideas to upcycle some items I have. Can’t wait to tackle some of them…:D

    January 16, 2020 at 5:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what I love to hear, Clara. Thank you! You go girl!

      January 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Patti Mihalic

    Adorable table!

    January 16, 2020 at 7:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the smile, Patti! ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 16, 2020 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Lisa Viles

    The desk is such a refreshing piece! I love the color! I would have a home right spray shelter to work on my side table! I wouldnโ€™t have to worry about my husband asking me what color I painted his garage this time!๐Ÿคฃ

    January 17, 2020 at 7:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Lisa! ๐Ÿ˜€ haha. Yeah, I have overspray stories that blamed a smurf. ahem.

      January 18, 2020 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Sherry Riggs

    This is one of my favorites!

    January 17, 2020 at 7:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! That is so fun to hear, Sherry. Thank you!

      January 18, 2020 at 5:10 am Reply
  • dianne anderson

    As always, I love how you changed the table and gave it such personality!

    January 17, 2020 at 9:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s just fun for me to recreate something when struck with a vision. Thank you!

      January 18, 2020 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Larissa, I was just about to take one of those wooden doo hicky’s to Goodwill because i didn’t know what to do with it. Aha! You saved it. thank you for all your inspiration and I continue to keep you in my prayers. Why do you have a zipper over your mouth? do you have a secret?

    January 17, 2020 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Too funny! I’m glad you are keeping it. I’m sharing about that zipper in my next post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 18, 2020 at 5:11 am Reply
  • kelly kayfes

    The bulb jars and the pictures of flowers puts me in the mood for Spring! Thanks for sharing another great up-cycle!

    January 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! It sure is coming fast and I’m excited to enjoy the season this year.

      January 18, 2020 at 5:12 am Reply
  • Paulette Woolums

    I LOVE it all. You did a fabulous job. I really like the wood do hicky, can see so many seasonal transformations with it. Have so many projects, would love to work toward your set up. ๐Ÿฅฐ

    January 17, 2020 at 6:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet of you to say, Paulette. Thank you. I hope you can tell I had fun putting it all together. Funny thing is that I just shopped the stash I’ve been hanging on to waiting for our remodel to be done. Gotta love a stash! ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 18, 2020 at 5:13 am Reply
  • Mary Walberg

    If I won the sprayer I would tackle a trestle table and chairs I bought last spring. Chairs are not fun to paint with brush and roller doesn’t work well…so would really appreciate a sprayer to give them new life. Thank you!

    January 17, 2020 at 7:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome, Mary.

      January 18, 2020 at 5:13 am Reply
  • Michele

    Another work of art!
    If I were to win I wouldn’t know where to start. I have a storage shed full of projects just waiting!

    January 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Michele. Sounds like fun awaits! ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 18, 2020 at 5:13 am Reply
  • Charlene Paugh

    Love it !That shelf adds so much functionality and options. What a cute set up, it makes me think spring !!!

    January 18, 2020 at 12:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m all about storage. It’s fun to hear how others enjoy the little things too. Thanks, Charlene.

      January 18, 2020 at 5:14 am Reply

    So sweet of your friend to leave the hyacinth for you at the check out! Their scent is heavenly! The desk turned out very nice, but I thought the thing-a-majig was a baby gate! I had one similar to it over 45 years ago when my kids were toddlers.

    January 18, 2020 at 12:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, for sure! A blessing in a million ways. I thought it was a baby gate too because my mom had one like it. I don’t think it is because the wood is so thin compared to the one we had. Maybe just a trellis? IDK. I’m having fun with it though! ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 18, 2020 at 5:16 am Reply
  • Brigitte Bauman

    Love this makeover idea. II am now inspired to look around my house for items that can be repurposed into something more creative.

    January 18, 2020 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit, Brigitte!

      January 18, 2020 at 11:27 am Reply
  • Tammy Catterton

    I have to say it looks great . Maybe redo my cabinets with it here

    January 18, 2020 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! The giveaway is for a shelter that you can use for your cabinets too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 18, 2020 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Daniel

    This is great. Repurposed furniture is my favorite

    January 18, 2020 at 10:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Daniel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 18, 2020 at 11:30 am Reply
  • Cassandra D

    I would tackle the vintage chair with my HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter.

    January 18, 2020 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Sandi

    Hmm…not exactly sure what I would paint first, but obviously I will paint something white! Lol

    January 18, 2020 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Ginny

    I love the color on your table! Looks great! I would love to have a spray shelter to paint a stool that needs paint desperately!

    January 18, 2020 at 5:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Ginny! ๐Ÿ˜€ Super fun for me to have at this.

      January 18, 2020 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Jeremy McLaughlin

    Need to repaint our outdoor furniture.

    January 18, 2020 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Tracy P

    Love the color of your desk. Adore the botanical theme of your happy place, especially in the middle of this snowstorm. ๐Ÿฅถ The sprayer would make painting shutters a breeze. Thanks for bringing a little spring to my day!

    January 18, 2020 at 9:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…Yes! We all need a happy place to make us smile ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 18, 2020 at 9:49 pm Reply

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