Desk Makeover

Phase I of our desk makeover is complete!

We bought this old desk at an estate sale years ago – before we even moved into this house. It’s been in the office and has been great for sewing and craft projects, because it’s gigantic. I always intended to do a makeover, but I just never had the right inspiration.

Then it was time to make the office into EO’s room, and suddenly having this giant desk wasn’t so great anymore. With his big boy bed finished and installed, things were tight in the smallest room in the house! I wanted to sell the desk and get something smaller.

Apparently, though, it was quite a challenge to bring this desk up our curved staircase, even with Tony and his three friends working together. I was informed that this desk will likely be sold with the house someday! So, Plan B for the desk began to emerge. Tony said the desk had to stay upstairs, but it didn’t have to stay in the smallest bedroom. We decided to switch it with the dresser from the nursery. I turned to Pinterest for ideas to give this desk a more feminine touch and fell in love with this:

Isn’t that gorgeous?!

So Phase I was actually really simple. I tinted a little primer with some black acrylic paint then painted two coats of light gray paint over the primer and roughed up the edges just a little bit. It’s the same color I used in our bathroom and in EO’s bedroom.

I whipped up a version of the inspiration stencil with my machine and dry brushed it with some leftover white latex paint.

Don’t you just love that new hardware?

Once Little Lady arrives I’ll complete Phase II and work on the desk top and the slide out desk surfaces. I’d like them to be darker – more of a walnut color than the orangey color it is now. Ideally I’d take it outside and sand the whole top down, but you know that’s not going to happen! I’ve been looking into various refinishing products that don’t require sanding, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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3 Responses to Desk Makeover

  1. Nancy Clewell says:


  2. Pam McNicoll says:

    Little Miss will LOVE it!!

  3. Pingback: Slide Out Sewing Shelf | A Guy, A Girl, and a Really Old House!

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