Monday, October 18, 2010

Desk Redo

I just finished a project that I am very happy about!  I have never done anything like this and it worked!  Plus, I had fun and learned a lot on my way. 
My neighbor gave me this old desk. 
I figured I would give painting it a shot.  Really, what would I be out?
Of course, I forgot to take a picture of it before I sanded it up.  It was in pretty good shape.  It Had a few old stickers on it and it was missing some of the fancy trim on the bottom right.  So I ripped it all off.  Then I ripped off the trim on the left as well. 
While I was sitting down at it I noticed my legs hit the top.  My ultimate goal for this is to be able to use it as table for my sewing machine.  It wouldn't be very good if I couldn't move my legs!
So off came the trim there too.  I was sad to see this go but I don't feel like I had much choice.
This trim didn't come off so easily.  I ended up having to use a saw on it.  It was my first time using one!  Not to bad.  But I thought it looked a little plain after I took all the fun stuff away.
Off I went to buy some trim at Home Depot, which the nice guy cut for me.  Then used Gorilla glue and shoved it right into place with a little help from my hammer.
At this point I went in and had lunch.  Had to wait for the glue to dry and all.
I decided to go a little different and step out of my neutral zone.
I spray painted it Rust-Oleum Spa Blue.
Let that dry for awhile.  Then I put Minwax stain (Special Walnut) all over it.
It gave it a nice distressed look.  Plus it toned down the blue some so it wasn't so bright.
I am very surprised at how fast this stuff worked.
I thought I would be able to put some on and then rub it off.  Man, it didn't rub off very well.
I ended up grabbing a friend.  I brushed it on then she immediately rubbed it if off with a damp cloth.  Then I went back over it with a dry cloth.  It ended up okay.  I was a little worried during the process though!
I used the existing hardware.  Just spray painted it black.
I think it turned out fun!
For $15-the cost of Gorilla Glue, trim, 2 cans of paint- I got a fab new desk.
You can't beat that!

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Destri {The Mother Huddle} said...

Oh I am jealous! I need something like this to sew on, everything would surely turn out cuter!

Christina said...

Love it! It turned out great! :)

Gayle said...

Great job Melissa! Now I can't wait to see what kind of stuff you sew up on your sewing machine!

Tyler and Julia said...

WOW! Melissa, you really do inspire me! You're so creative & crafty. You really need to send some of your creativity in my direction! :)

Daniel and Kate Johnson said...

So darling! Much cuter than my folding table. I love the distressed look. And the best part?! You don't have to put your sewing machine away when you are done with it for the day!

Jocelyn said...

I Love it!!! I have never used minwax stain for a distressed look, but it turned out way cute! You've got me thinking I need to repaint my kitchen chairs...

Katie said...

What a great job revamping this desk! Thank you so much for linking up at Sew Woodsy! I'll be announcing the CSN giveaway winner soon! Make sure you stop by next week to link up again!

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Cool color, and makes that piece sing. Awesome.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love it- and the color is beautiful! You did a great job of adding the glaze too- really makes it look amazing! Nice to meet you! :)

kim c said...

wow, what a treasure. you did a fantastic job and great tutorial.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This looks amazing!!!!

Blooming Homestead said...

Totally Cute!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Super cute! You did a great job!

Cristie said...

Great color. The stain really did tone it down. I love repainting furniture, hop over and check my blog out. Thanks, Have a lovely week.