For my birthday last year, my Mother-in-Law scored me this awesome Baker’s Rack. When she brought it over, I knew just what to do with it. I have been wanting to get a small desk for my kitchen instead of the big awkward one I had. My kitchen was beginning to look more like an office than a kitchen. So I decided to give it a Baker’s rack makeover and turn it into my desk. With a little DIY facelift this “desk” is going to rock.
First, I took off the bottom rack and got rid of it completely. (Remember, I want an office chair to fit underneath.) Then I took off the wood piece by taking out a bunch of screws.
Now, to spray paint. Bring on the purple! I cleaned and dried the metal really well before applying my favorite Valspar primer. The next day I applied the purple (Valspar Eggplant) and let it dry a couple days. Meanwhile, I sanded and sanded the “desktop” until it was nice and smooth and natural looking.
Next, I used a sticky cheese cloth and wiped off all the pesky sawdust…which was everywhere. Then I added a coat of white spray paint. I can’t remember the name of the paint, but I am positive it was Valspar…I rarely use anything else.
I wanted the edges of the desk to be purple so I taped off the edge and laid a large piece of cardboard on top. Then I applied the purple spray paint.
I love when you get the exact result you dreamed of getting. I took off the tape and was so happy to see the crisp clean line around the edge. Looking good, right?
Next, I chose a pattern from the Silhouette Online Store and sized it to the size I needed then I cut it out of vinyl. I cut 4 12×24 inch pieces and discarded the parts I wanted purple. You kind of have to think backwards…get rid of the part of the pattern you would normally keep. I laid the pattern pieces on the clean white desktop and applied a couple of coats of purple spray paint.
The end result was a bit too stark and white for me, so I applied some wood stain. I let the stain dry and roughed it up with a piece of sandpaper. Then I sprayed a protective Polyurethane coat on top.
I reassembled everything and couldn’t wait to start using it! I LOVE how it turned out.
Now, my little office space no longer takes up my entire kitchen and it looks great.