A Farmhouse Table / Desk – Before and After

Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com


Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m pretty excited to share my most recent furniture makeover with you.  I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.   😀



Farmhouse Table / Desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com



This desk was a freebie from my generous friend Kim, of Woods of Woodinville.   Her family was over it, and she thought I could use it as a craft table in our bonus room.  I was using it, but soon discovered it was too small for my many crafting needs.  Here’s what the desk looked like before it’s makeover …. and I’m pretty sure it didn’t look this bad when it was given to us!!



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com



Scratched, stained, and quite orange, but it has great bones.   I kept thinking a farmhouse makeover was in it’s future.  Specifically, farmhouse with a dark stained top and white painted body.



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com



This was fairly easy to achieve, and after all the trouble this child’s painted cabinet caused me, I was ready for a “no surprises” makeover.


The first thing I did was strip the top.  It actually took two rounds of Citristrip, but I was expecting that.  There was a lot of polyurethane to strip through.  After wiping off any stripping remnants, I sanded the top with 150 and then 220 grit sandpaper.  Then I “stained” it with a combination of Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut.   My thought was by adding the Danish Oil to the dark wax, it would penetrate deep into the wood, thus offering stronger protection.  It was SO easy to apply, and I’m pleased with the effect.  Not to mention, it’s pretty great to be able to skip the polyurethane step!



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com



The body of the desk was given a gentle scrub with liquid deglosser and two coats of SW Westhighland White.    Distressing was needed to help give it that farmhouse look, but I didn’t go crazy.  I’m really liking the clean look of the desk, so I just distressed the edges where the desk would show normal wear and tear.  Maybe with the next one I’ll go crazy with chippy milk paint, which would give it a whole different look.  😀



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com



I’m really liking the desk paired with my stenciled farmhouse chair.



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com


And the finishing touch was lining the desk drawer with contact paper and some new hardware.



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com




Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com


What do you think?  Does it make you want to make over your own desk or table?  I sure wish I could take the sander to my dining room table, but that’s a story for another day.  I promise!



Farmhouse table / desk makeover / Clockworkinteriors.com


Thanks again for stopping by today.  I Hope you have a wonderful week! Cynthia


For your convenience, I have included links to some of the products used to complete this makeover.  If a purchase is made, it is possible I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  And please know I only share products I actually use and like.  Thank you!  


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41 Responses

  1. Looks terrific – a total transformation. I should “give” you all of my furniture to fix up and then want it back! 😉

    • Thanks, Kim! You know it’s yours if you want it! 😀 If it was two feet longer, it would be a keeper!

  2. Looks great Cynthia – the top looks brand spanking new! Pretty paper lined drawer and bling. I bet this is going to be a very functional piece in your home. I could use one of these for a sewing/craft table – I’m getting tired of using the kitchen island.

    • Thanks, Marie. I so wish I could keep it, but I need something just a little bit bigger for crafting — I’ll be selling this baby! 😀

  3. LOVE your desk and I the wood and white are great together!

  4. This looks amazing! The before pic compared to your makeover is crazy! I am intrigued by your staining method, too! Very creative on that!!

    • Thanks so much, Bre. And thanks for hosting such a fun party each week! Cynthia

  5. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Love the transformation.

  6. I love the clean look for your desk. I am also a big fan or deoranging furniture lately! I just redid one myself and ended up with a blonde wood under all the orange.

    • Thanks, Mary! Slowly, room by room, I’m deoranging our 20 year old woodwork, as well. The furniture is a lot easier! haha Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Great job — it’s attractive and utilitarian. Does it get much better than that? It looks very inviting. I saw your link at Stacey’s Creative Inspirations Party.

  8. Cynthia

    You did a great job on this desk makeover. That top was in rough shape, but you’d never know it now.

    thanks for linking up to Talk of the Town at My Repurposed Life!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Gail. I’m so glad you joined their party — I missed seeing all your projects! Take care, Cynthia

  9. I love the way this turned out, Cynthia! It has such a fresh feel now. This combination of white and wood is one of my favorites. It’s really beautiful. Hope your day is a fun one, Coco

  10. I love farmhouse style so of course I love the farmhouse desk Cynthia! The white legs and glass knob look perfect. Pinned:). Have a great rest of your week and take care, Tara

  11. Oh it looks so pretty! You did an excellent job on it and I love how usable it is!

    • Thanks so much, Alicia! I love how it turned out, as well. Just wish I could keep this one! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. You never sense to amaze me with your talent for re-styling furniture! What a beautiful job! I am starting my first project in the new house, painting an old armoire. I could use your help!! I am featuring this one over at Celebrate Your Story tonight! Thanks for sharing and come on by this evening!

    • Thanks for your kind words and support, Chloe. You’re always such a gracious host. GOOD LUCK with your project and email me if you have any questions! Cynthia

  13. […] always reclaiming and restyling the coolest old furniture!  Wait until you get a look at how this desk looked before!  I need her to come give me some […]

  14. Hi Cynthia,
    Love this desk, it turned out so good! I found a table/desk like this a few months ago and did a makeover just like yours. I love the look of the wood top and white bottom.
    Love the grey chair too!

    • Thanks, Kimberley! I definitely go through phases with furniture and color. I use to think painting white was boring, but now I’m really crushing on white furniture. I’m sure they’ll be more white pieces in the near future. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Another beautiful makeover Cynthia! I am seriously loving the white and wood look… this has been a favourite look of mine for awhile. The top just makes the white look so pretty <3 Hope you are having a great week! Happy Fall 😉 Hugs, Lisa

    • Thank you, Lisa. And thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment today. Take care, Cynthia

  16. You did a fabulous job! I love that little lined drawer and cutesy knob. Perfect Farmhouse makeover.

    • Thank you, Karen. That glass knob was sweet. I’m so glad the table and chair was given new life and is now working for another family. Thanks for taking the time to comment today! Cynthia

  17. I love the table makeover. There is something so classic about a farmhouse table with a stained top and white body.

    • Thanks, Debra! I totally agree with you .. it’s a great combo. Popular too … I think this table sold in a day 😀 Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  18. Love the desk! It looks great!
    Kate | The Organized Dream

    • Thank you, Kate. And thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment today 😀

  19. I made over almost the exact same table last week! Love the two tone – I went with gray, but now I’m second-guessing my choice. http://100things2do.ca/pine-table-makeover/ Great work!

    • I love your table in gray, Shelly! Thanks for sharing. These table/desks are great. It’s always nice to have dual purpose anything! Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  20. Wow, that turned out beautifully Cynthia. Loving the dark wax and walnut stain you used on the top. It’s such gorgeous rich color combined with the white. Really, really pretty

    • Awwww, thanks, Michelle! You’re so sweet. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  21. Love how this turned out! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! Shared and pinned! 🙂

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much, Michelle. And thanks for being such a gracious host. Take care, Cynthia

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