Monday, July 18, 2011

Desk Re-do

*First off, thank you so much for your kind, supportive comments and e-mails regarding my last post. It really touched my heart.

Now, onto my first project (since the move). Yeah, so I haven't decorated my house or unpacked all the way (mostly though :)), but I decided that we would keep our desktop in our common area of a house instead of an upstairs bedroom or basement. I don't love our desk though, it is nice and big and sturdy, but not very appealing and I wanted something semi-dainty to have tucked away against the wall where I could just set the wireless mouse and keyboards in the drawer and leave the desk mostly cleaned off. So basically I want to have computer access without the office mess and nonsense that accompanies it. Which means my files and crafts and all my other stuff will be upstairs, but the desktop computer will be downstairs. Anywho, I found this beauty at Salvation Army.
 My husband about croaked when he saw it! He couldn't believe I would buy it. I actually thought it was kind of cute. Of course, our son's room is a rustic western-ish theme and I just like it. Anyways, I just took the good ole' sander to it and sanded the decals down. I was going to paint it all white, but as I sanded I just fell in love with the worn top so I decided to stain it. I did a spray KILZ primer and sprayed it heirloom white. I am not sure why, but the paint was coming out in splatters. It was a mess and looked awful. Now, I don't have a air-painter sprayer thing, so I sanded it down again, re-primed it by hand and then painted it by hand in a flat white color by glidden. I then got the nobs for the drawers at hobby lobby for $2.99/each. I thought they kind of kept the style without being too plain. Anyways, here's how she looks now, just waiting for me to unpack the computer!
I'm not sure why, but I love this worn, beaten desk top!

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  1. Wow! That looks great! I love that you left the top unpainted, it really makes the piece!

  2. Yay!!! You're back. I totally missed you and I love this desk. It was a shame to cover up the wagon!!!

  3. it's beautiful, and i love the contrast of the clean white with the worn top. makes me want to go to the thrift store...

  4. You did a great job on that desk! It really is a great piece!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Hopping over from Not Just a Housewife..

    Love this makeover!

    Would you mind if I featured it on my blog for an old to new series?

  6. Wow! What a difference! Turned out so nice. :)Following from I Heart Naptime link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.



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