Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"D" is for Desk Makeover

Paint: desk makeover

An old school desk makeover complete with personalization.

This desk belongs to my neighbors and has been in the husband's family for a long time.
It had multiple, multiple coats of paint under the thick, shiny black enamel:

I completed stripped it down to the bare wood, then added stain and poly.
The drawer pulls are basic Home Depot stock in black.
Even the gorgeous brass leg bottoms were covered in paint.

Now the desk resides in their son's new bedroom in a nook created perfectly to fit:

The top surface is not wood but clay - I think - we couldn't stain it so decided on paint and adding the giant B:

Here's how I refinished the desk:

1. Using liquid stripper strip all the paint.
I used an entire large can with multiple applications.

All sanded and stripped:

The clay? top:

2. Clean the brass feet with salt/vinegar/flour paste:

3. Stain all the wood portions Minwax Early American.
Tape off the top, prime (and putty for smoothness):

4. Paint top two coats BM chamois high gloss enamel.
Draw 'B' in pencil:

5. Paint B using acrylic/latex, I mixed up a grey/blue color to coordinate with the dark blue walls:

6. Seal everything two coats Minwax polyurethane satin.

I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Showoff @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now


Jacque n Matt Knowlton said...

Jaime, Love the personalization that you've added to this desk! And love that you breathed new life into a family hand me down! Great job!

Jenny said...

I adore this desk, and the personalization really sends it over the top! Beautiful job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

such an awesome desk! i love the finish, love the letter, and hello to those sweet feet!

DaiseyJayne.com said...

What a transformation! Love the brass feet and how you stripped them, never heard of that "recipe".

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Wow! It's so much harder to bring a piece "back" that has been painted. You did an amazing job!

Ryan Naylor said...

Every time I see something like this, I'm like, "Man, I wanna do that!" So rewarding I bet. Nice work!

VMG206 said...

Beautiful! Love the rustic, natural look ~ and the Monogram!
I'm visiting you today from DIY Showoff. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
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Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Love it!
I am featuring you tomorrow :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Just popped in from 36th ave - this is fabulous looking - I'm in love!