DIY Projects & Decor

A Desk Makeover – from Dreary to Cheery!

desk before and after 2This old desk has been in my house for years.  I never wanted to get rid of it because it’s been in the family for a long time.  But it’s just not pretty, so it’s been hiding in closets or in my sewing/work room for a long time, waiting patiently for a desk makeover.

I brought it downstairs to the “library” to perhaps entice me to sit at a desk to work, instead of slouching in a chair with the computer on my lap.

Well, my slouching continued cuz the desk was just as unattractive downstairs as it was upstairs.  Go figure.

So, after calling my Mom to make sure she didn’t mind if I painted the old desk (it came from her family), I pondered for a while what to do with it.  All I knew was I was going to cover the top of the desk with a new top.  I didn’t like the way the top of the desk was smaller than the length of the desk.  It not only looked odd, it was a dust collector.  Then I just went for it. 😉

desk before
The desk before. Old and not very pretty. It needed a little update.
desk drawers outside
After removing the old handles, I used wood putty to fill in the holes. Then outside they went for a good sanding.
desk drawers sanded
After he drawers were sanded, I brought them back inside for primer and paint.  (Too hot to work outside!)
desk drawers primer
Once the drawers were primed, I painted the fronts a light blueish-gray.
desk drawers painted
I did three coats of paint, sanding with a fine grade sandpaper in between coats.
desk primed
The desk was sanded and primed, then painted white, in a satin finish. It took several coats to cover, and I sanded in between coats as well.  It’s amazing what a difference sanding between coats makes to the finish product.
desk primed and painted
The desk is sitting upside down because I did not refinish the top. Instead, I purchased stain-able birch plywood and had Lowes cut it to the size I wanted. I finished off the birch plywood edges with decorative trim. Then the whole top was stained with Minwax Dark Walnut.
(The original desk top is set in, making it smaller than the length and width of the desk. I wanted the top to be bigger than the length of the desk to have a larger surface to work on.)
desk drawer pulls
I picked up drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Gotta love that!!’
desk knobs close up
The edges of the drawers were sanded for an aged look.
desk complete
The finished desk!

desk before and after

 

 

Linking to:

Not Just a HouseWife – Show me what ya got

Miss Mustard Seed

Made in a Day – Made You Look

Elizabeth and Co.

House on the Way
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4 thoughts on “A Desk Makeover – from Dreary to Cheery!

    1. Thanks! I use a fine grade sanding sponge to lightly sand between coats because it gets rid of any bubble, brush marks, etc. It really makes a difference. The surface will feel a little rough after a coat of paint, so when you sand it, it makes it feel smooth, allowing the next coat to go on better.

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  1. It turned out really lovely Laurie!! Love the stained top with your paint choices–and that the top is bigger now. I’ve never seen a top like that before on a piece, with it smaller than the base–unusual! It is so hard when you have something with sentimental value in your house when it just doesn’t work with what you’ve got (or you don’t want it to work). I’m so happy my cousin is going to take the dining room table we are getting rid of now that we are redoing that room because it was going to be hard for me otherwise 🙂

    Love the “new” desk!

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    1. Thank you Kristen! My brother was actually horrified I was going to paint that piece. “But it’s made from wood”, he says. I told him it will still be made from wood when I got done with it, it will just have paint on top. Ha! Boys… what do they know. 😉 Okay, I’m off to check out your new room!! Have a great rest of your week! -L

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