Good morning everyone! We are slowly in the process of redoing our Study. I came up with an idea board and will be sharing that this week, but I have one portion I just couldn't wait to share any longer!!! We've been hunting for a desk for about 6 months now. For some reason now matter how often I looked in my thrift stores, no good options popped up. A little over a week ago, my husband sent me a text, he had found a small desk on the curb that someone had set out for the trash. It was in really bad shape, but he wanted to know if I thought I could fix it up since we really needed it. It was HORRIBLE! But it was free, so the price was right.
This is what we started with. Honestly, I was wanting to find something I could redo, because
I'm crazy I love a good project. This, however, was a little more than what I had in mind. This is the picture the dear hubs sent me:
Sorry for the bad iPhone pic. We should have probably started with an after picture, I don't want you all to have nightmares! I'll give you an after and then a play by play of all they gory, and I do mean gory, details.
Behold, the beautiful after!!!!!
Now for the process....the long, arduous process. First of all, this baby had to be cleaned, scrubbed and scraped for over an hour before it was even ready for the sanding process.
My little guy checking things out. "Momma, this is really dirty!! It's going in our house?!?!"
"Uhhh, yes son."
Clearly, it belonged to a kid who had quite the propensity for "art work". :)
Cleaning, and scrubbing and scrapping, oh my!!!
Finally, it was ready for the sanding and priming process.
After the first coat of primer...much better already!
For some reason, I thought it would be cool to do a greek key design on the top. Enter measuring, math and over an hour of extra work. I should have know I was probably too OCD to attempt this.
Everything is measured and taped off. I was feeling pretty great at this point! Then I gave the whole thing two coats of Valspar's Coral Reef. Beautiful color! I actually had a coupon for a free sample last month and picked it up not knowing what I would do with it. I picked up an additional jar for $2.48 and the two coats only used a jar and a half. I have some left over for touch ups if need be.
Truthfully, it's a beautiful color, but I decided to do the greek key after painting one side, as you can see in the above picture. It was channeling the Golden Girls....Miami circa 1982, cue "thank you for being a friend..." I felt like the greek key trim on top coupled with the fabulous new hardware would be perfect to take Golden Girls edge off.
This is the hardware I chose.
Lion Head Brass Drawer Pulls via D. Lawless hardware. .65 cents each! They look much more yellow in the stock picture. They are beautiful in person! I have to say, if you are in the market for new hardware, not only is this site affordable, but they have really quick turn around. I ordered them on a Sunday afternoon and they were in my mailbox on Wednesday afternoon!
Back to the desk. I painted two coats of coral and then this happened...
I promise it's not that creepy neon shade! Weird lighting, but even weirder than that, look at that line! So frustrating. Not at all what I was going for! Where's that clean line I was dreaming about? At this point I panicked a little and then started weighing my options. I really liked the trim on top, so I decided to try to salvage it.
Quick trip to Hobby Lobby, utilizing my 40% off coupon, of course. Then we had this.
That's more like it!
Hello pretty! Now that I had the line issue straightened out, I hauled it back outside to give it a glossy coat. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm certifiable, but whatever.
Remember those yucky drawers? They got painted and prettied up with new liners, too!
As with humans, it's important for a desk to be pretty on the inside too!
Now it was back inside and ready for styling, which is really the fun part.
I grabbed some accessories I'd been collecting specifically for this elusive desk. All of them gathered from, you guessed it, thrift stores!
Target mercury glass lamp base. New, with tags. $54.99 @ Target, $6.99 @ Goodwill!
Threshold for Target lampshade. $6.99 @ Goodwill.
I found this really cool three tier brass piece at Goodwill for $3.99! Apparently, it is a mid century brass tidbit server. Who knew? I found one
$120! Yikes! I guess it was a pretty good find.
I thought it would be cool for keeping desk essentials like paper clips, binder clips and stamps close at hand.
Mid century Trojan horse bookend, marble or quartz, $4.99 via Savers.
Milk glass artichoke fluted vase: $1.99 via Goodwill
Old canning jar: .49 cents via Goodwill
Doused with a coat of my favorite metallic gold spray paint and serving as a pencil cup.
The next project for this room remix will be a chair makeover for the desk! I hope you enjoyed this little play by play and that you love the outcome as much as I do!
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