There were only 2 of these triangle pieces that are meant to hold the legs. I had to take them out, since the 2 that were there were in sad shape. I used a 2x4 to cut 4 new brackets.
The easiest way I could think of to build a desk top was to use a thin piece of wood so it wouldn't disrupt how the desk closes. Since the desk top would be so thin, I used a piece of wood in the center for extra support. (This is my hubby helping, thanks, Joe!)
Here is what we have so far. A good cleaning was next, as well as removing the loose paint (don't forget to wear a mask).
Some wood glue and clamping was necessary on some of the loose veneer on the inside of the top. I used 2 pieces of wood to help press down the veneer all across.
I found the closest paint color I could and painted the top. I used some vaseline in places to mimic the chippy aged affect. After the paint was dry I wiped it off, then added some dark brown antique wax from Maison Blanche Paint Company. I also waxed the wood piece I added for the desk surface.
The rest of the desk got a coat of Vermont Natural Coatings wipe on poly whey.
Here it the chippy desk all finished.
Not bad, huh?