When you follow me on Facebook or twitter….you get to see things I pick up along the way. I love sharing those experiences with you all! I tweeted this picture of an $8 table I spotted. So sad looking….it needed a bit of love. We ended up covering the entire table up with lovely aspen wood and trim.

 Perfect size….not so perfect look!
 Covered the top with a beautiful piece of Aspen wood. Just liquid nails and a few brad nails (nail gun).
 On the sides and the back (inside) we placed some beadboard. This got a coat of white paint.
 2 pine shelves were add also. We supported these with runners made of 1 by 1 on the inside of the desk. The shelves just glide in and rest on those wood pieces.
 I used wood conditioner and then 3 coats of stain followed by 3 coats of poly. Wood conditioner will make the stain go on nice and evenly. You want to be sure you use it when you are staining a soft wood (like aspen and pine). They take stain super quick…and a wood conditioner will allow the coat of stains to even and prevent blochiness.
I used Minwax in dark walnut.
 And we did add a small trim around the whole top to finish off the aspen.
 To stain, I brushed on an entire coat, then wiped off with a rag.
 This old desk doesn’t know what hit her….we LOVE this little landing spot for coffee essentials!
 The shelves underneath hold mugs and travel cups. We also have all the hot coco and coffee under there too. So nice and organized!
Better than Starbucks!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Love it!

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  3. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    What a huge transformation of a piece. Love it and such a great coffee station. Good job. Hugs, Marty

  4. Aly McLoughlin-Harte

    Cleverly inspired indeed!! So excited to have stumbled across your blog. The diy dresser post that I did was such a favourite and I am loving this post. I am just getting in to the blogging world properly and am excited to see inspirational sights like your

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