Okay, so if you read my Day 4 post, you will now see that I spoke too soon. I was, in fact, able to dig up a few very dark and grainy pictures of my "before" desk, which will really help you understand how fantastically happy I am with my finished product.
Here was the top of the desk, in all it's stained & carved on glory (no wonder it was only $5):
The drawers came as is, missing handle and all:
I hope you agree, the "after" is a major improvement!
The bonus? I finally have a good storage place for my wrapping paper! That top drawer is my favorite.
I hope this has inspired you to try your own DIY furniture improvement. Even if you just change out the knobs on a piece, you will be amazed at the difference it makes.
And though technology is against me, and the photo is sideways, you can still get a good idea of the final-final (hinges and all).
Have a great weekend!