Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Desk Redo





I decided it was time to get rid of my current office desk that had chew marks all over it, which only reminded me why I gave away our dog. Well, that and I was allergic to her. The old desk was fake wood and just a piece of junk. When I saw this new desk at a thrift store for 20 dollars, I knew I had to have it. When looking for furniture to redo I always look at the hardware, shape, and the quality. I pull out all the drawers and examine it thoroughly. Once you think you have a good piece, immediately get a sales rep to put a hold tag on it because if you come back after wondering around the store to think some more about this purchase it could be gone. TRUST ME. It has happened way too many time to me.


To get started take out all the drawers and remove the hardware. Next, give the desk a quick sand. I know some people may skip this step but I swear by it. The top of my desk had veneer on it which makes the primer harder to stick. I don't care what primer I use, I ALWAYS sand.



Tape off parts you don't want painted.


Fix any broken drawers that you may have accidentally broken while loading it into your truck... (this is optional and only if you are clumsy like me ;) ) 



Next, prime. I used 2 thin coats of Gripper primer. Once that is dry (I wait 24 hrs) then paint. I decided on palmetto color. I then finished it off with a quick Krylon Matte spray. Make sure to let it dry for at least 48 hours. I did so many coats because I am very OCD about streaks and if there is one thing wrong I would paint over it, so I needed to wait even longer for it to dry.


After having my desk for a couple days I was sick of looking at this...


So I decided to cover it with fabric. Tutorial HERE



Here is what my office looked like before and now you can see why I bought a new desk. Yeah, I know scary.


Now my office feels more polished and represents me and my husband. Okay so more me than him, but we both agree we like it better than the last desk.




To see how I made this mouse pad you can click here.


To see the other half of my office click here.


Linking up here.

31 comments:

  1. AMAZING! I love the color! You did a great job!! I am going to email this to my friend who is doing this project as I type!! Nice Job! Love that mouse pad too!

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  2. Looks darling Bridget! Re doing furniture is one of my favorite things. I love everything about this!

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  3. this is soooo cute! I love the color you chose!

    Samm @ LittleHouseintheBigD.bogspot.com

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  4. Very cute Bridget. I love it! I have so many things I want redone.

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  5. This is inspired me to get my butt in gear and paint the desk I got like months ago! haha!

    :)

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  6. I have a magic bullet too!!! Gotta love em. And this desk--absolutely adorable. So glad I met you tonight!! I love your blog and think you are darling!! Happy to follow ya!

    Jessi from Hopes and Dreams
    http://cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com/

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  7. This looks so good Bridg! I LOVE that desk with it's gold feet, and I also love the gold cup and metal basket you have on there! Thanks for hanging with me last night!

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  8. I love it! The color with the gold accents is awesome.
    Quesion: Do you have a tutorial on how to make that calendar?! I love that idea!I need one for my home.

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  9. It looks amazing! I looove the color, and the fabric in the drawers is gorgeous! Great job!

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  10. so cute! any time you want to do that for me I wont be mad ;). Love the new office..it looks so fab

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  11. This is so awesome! I've been thinking about redoing an old desk too. How many hours did it take you? Is it hard? Is it worth it?

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  12. FREAKY! I just picked up almost the EXACT same desk at Goodwill earlier this month. Mine is 50" long, but only has 1 draw pull per drawer. Here are two posts about it: http://www.queenofthecreek.com/2012/02/moodboard-officecraft-room.html and http://www.queenofthecreek.com/2012/02/moodboard-officecraft-room.html I am not quite done with the room, so I don't have a reveal picture yet, but I can tell you I am using the desk now and it is PENCIL YELLOW! Gorg. Love the color you picked out!!

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    1. Oops - pasted the same URL twice... here's the first one: http://www.queenofthecreek.com/2012/02/goodness-gracious.html

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  13. Wow, I love your color choice and that is an amazing thrift find! $20 and so valuable! Love it!

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  14. What a great transformation. It's colorful and simple! Megan

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  15. GORGEOUS!!! I love the green color, but the red inside of the drawer really caught my eye, too. You've got me itching to use our sander on a little stand I have now ...

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  16. OMG! Such a cute work space! Love the color of green you chose. I just wrote it down for future reference! Loving your blog and I'm your newest follower! Come visit me sometime!

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  17. Love love love it! If you don't mind I'm going to pin this! Lovely blog too!

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  18. Found you on Whipperberry. Love the color of this and love your blog. New follower.

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  19. This is so adorable. (some whipperberry). You're a new fave to follow!

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  20. Wow! Amazing transformation! Love the green color! New follower.

    http://www.remodelandolacasa.com

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  21. What a fantastic transformation! I love the color that you chose for the paint and the fabric inside the drawers really pops!!

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  22. Just wanted to let you know that I included your project in my weekend "link love" post for today!

    http://517creations.blogspot.com/2012/03/link-love-03102012.html

    I can't wait to see your tutorial for lining the drawers. :)

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  23. I absolutely love this desk! You did such an amazing job on it!! I featured it today!!

    http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2012/03/five-feature-friday-29.html

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  24. i saw this at katie's blog and had to come see it- i love it! the color is amazing! and i love the feet!

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  25. You have done great job. I love your color choice and that is an amazing thrift find! This is inspired me to get my butt in gear and paint the desk.

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  26. would you mind telling me how much paint it took for you to finish this project?

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  27. That desk is just stunning! :) Indeed, one can rely on personal design ideas before an office fit out!

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  28. The green desks is just awesome! You can surely enjoy your daily office work on that lovely desk!

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  29. Rae @ http://raehaus.blogspot.com/
    beautiful desk makeover. I love the color, but paint color link is broken. Can you note what paint color it is from Home Depot? Thanks

    I hope to find a deal like this for my office. I love all the drawers and the mcm feel. I just purchased a $20 mcm dresser for my vanity area that I love. Slowly making a mcm home.

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    1. it is called palmetto. I cant remember what brand since this was a while ago but I am thinking martha stewart.

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