My Thrifty Under $50 Desk Makeover

Hey friends!  Today I am participating in a fun blog hop called Thrifty Under $50 hosted by my friend Beth from Homes Stories A to Z!

If you are visiting from the talented, Lauren from Bless’er House, WELCOME!  Everything she does is beautiful right?!!  Can’t wait to see her again at Haven this year in August! :)



For my Thrifty Under $50 challenge, I decided to show you the makeover I did on this desk I found at the Habitat Store!!

Now, when I bought it, it didn’t look sanded down like the picture below. :)  I forgot to snap a picture before I started sanding…oops!


But the desk had good bones and was ONLY TWO DOLLARS!!!  YES!  Only $2.00!!  I knew that with a little TLC, this desk would be perfect for a little office space that I need to create in my master bedroom. 

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I created an office in one of our small bedrooms.  The craft closet in that room is one of my most pinned projects on my blog.  But after my son’s Blind Audition on The Voice, he desperately needed a space in the house to become his “music studio.”  So I reluctantly gave him my office and decided to create a work space in my master bedroom.

With just a little bit of paint, I transformed my $2.00 desk into a bright cheery workspace!


Isn’t it fun?  I brought some of my accessories from my previous office, and created a great spot for me to work on my computer and other tasks.

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To make my old desk look brand new, I used these products…

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The oil based painted gives my desk surface a smooth, durable finish and is easy to apply with a small foam roller.  I applied two coats on my desk, letting it cure over night in between coats.  I used the spray paint for my drawer pulls.



I told my four boys that this space is OFF LIMITS!  :)  They always seemed to make big messes in my previous office, so having this little space in my master bedroom all to myself is super wonderful.  


I love to grab fresh tulips from Kroger’s whenever I go and get groceries.  Tulips make me happy. :)

The metal tray below is from IKEA.


For the handles on my desk, I removed them with a screw driver and spray painted them with oil rubbed bronze seen above.


 I love the pull out board on the right side of my desk that creates more work space for me.

You can see some of the “old school charm” of this desk right below the pencil in this picture…


I could have sanded those nicks and and scraps smooth, but I love seeing them!  It adds character!


I found this cute little coffee cup at Marshall’s and use it when I am working here to remind me to DREAM BIG about my blog, about my kiddos, and about life in general!


This little “It is well with my soul” sign is a new addition from Hobby Lobby.  It’s one of my all time favorite hymns and a great reminder of what is most important in my life. 


So what do you think?!  Not bad for just two bucks, right?



Next stop on the Thrifty Under $50 blog hop is Liz from Love Grows Wild!  You are going to LOVE her project!  

Here are the rest of the amazing Thrifty Under $50 makeovers:


Home Stories A to Z
Design Dining Diapers
Finding Silver Pennies
Anderson + Grant


French Country Cottage
Refresh Restyle
Just a Girl
Finding Home Farms


Bless’er House
Beneath My Heart
Love Grows Wild
Ella Claire


  1. Wow what a transformation! The cost is unbelievable. You never know what a little elbow grease can do. Love your desk set-up.

  2. The desk looks great, your office corner is very cute! What happen to the office space you were renting, did you finish it?

  3. You totally rocked the thrifty under $50! I need to go shopping with you. $2.00 desk… That’s a great score and love the way you put your stamp on it.

  4. Love the transformation. And love it more that you used it to create a space just for you. We all need that in our lives!

  5. This turned out so amazing I immediately started thinking about where I could put one in my small house. I haven’t figured anything out yet but just wanted to tell you how much I love it. Keep the ideas coming! I know I don’t comment often but I do read your posts and wanted to affirm that you are awesome and that I love you blog and ideas! Have a great day! Blessings!

  6. I love projects like this! We have a chair we scored for $2.50 on half price furniture day at Goodwill that we have almost finished. Hope it turns out as well as yours : )

  7. First of all, you are an amazing mom to give up your office. It was so cute! Second, the desk is amazing. I love how it turned out. I’ve followed you for years and appreciate the inspiration you give in both decorating and life.

    1. Aw, Thank you, Darla! It wasn’t easy giving up my office. It kind of stays a mess now. ugh. But hey! Jonathan won’t be with us many more years, right? So I need to cherish these moments. Thanks for your encouraging words! xoxo Traci

  8. It’s perfect, and even sweeter to know the story behind your $2 investment. And now my question of the past few weeks of how to store my oils is answered, good thing I have several type boxes stashed away!

  9. Tracy – I just repainted a desk and haven’t been happy with the outcome I tried using some leftover latex trim paint on the top of the desk and everything seems to want to stick to the top of it and the edges keep wearing off. I think I am going to try the enamel paint and see what happens. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share.

    Marilyn C.

  10. The desk looks beautiful Traci! Just need to pay under $50 and now you have a gorgeous office desk. I absolutely love it. I have following you for a long time and you can’t stop make me feel amazing with your work. Thanks for sharing Traci and keep it up!

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