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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Bummer desk turned bright white beauty

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bummer desk turned bright white beauty

There she is. Gorgeous at $19.99.

Here she was a few days ago when I went a little crazy with the sander (see how I took ownership of the mishap there? I'm growing.):

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, by the way. If it hadn't been for my impatience I would have used some of them!

And now. Here she is. All gorgeous and white. Umm....llllooovvvveeee.....

Seriously. Look at those pulls! I didn't touch them. They are original. I love the pull out writing drawers!

Just so you don't think I'm afraid of color:

The inside of all the drawers are slate blue!

And, just so you know that I left a little bit more of the original character:

Yep. My original idea was to sand and stain the top and the writing drawers. Since the top flopped, I decided to still keep the drawers. I love them! I'm so glad I left them instead of painting them white. Now I still have that little bit of stained top that I was looking for!

Oh dreamy antique desk. I adore you.

Oh. Primer - Kilz. Paint - Rustoleum Semi-gloss white. Sanding - 220 grit over the edges. Done and done.


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Blogger Michelle said...

What an awesome desk! I love that you kept the original finish on the writing drawer.

May 10, 2010 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Really beautiful Kirsty! Those pull outs are great!

May 10, 2010 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

This is great and I like the wood stain left on the pull outs. Somebody didn't know they had a gem in the rough.

May 10, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Amy Kinser said...

love and love...

May 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger ~ Regan said...

*drool* I love your desk!! Great job! I can't believe you only paid $19.99... I guess some girls get all the luck! ;)

May 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Rustique Gal said...

Kirsty, this desk looks gorgeous in white. Who needs yucky old dark mystery wood? Happy refinishing!

May 10, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a difference some white paint makes! it looks soooo much better and i love that you kept the top surface dark- very sleek and also very practical!

May 11, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Wow, this looks so cool. I love how you left the pull tops timber. I just posted a desk makeover too. Feel free to pop by and let me know your thoughts!

May 11, 2010 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

GORGEOUS!!! Great find and I love how you transformed it. The peaks of slate blue inside are perfect. Thanks for linkin' up to the POPP.

May 12, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

I love the lines of old furniture! I also love to see when old furniture is made modern with paint. Good job!

May 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

haha, had to laugh at your sander confession :) glad you stuck with it and boy did she turn out a beauty.

May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh what a great DIY project. You are one clever and crafty girl.

I just finished a project that took 23 years to complete.
Come take a peek.

May 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Juniper said...

So gorgeous! You did a professional job!

May 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Dude! This desk is to die for! It looks like something straight from the Pottery Barn catalog! You did a fantastic job!
P.S. Love the confession too! We all have those little boo-boos but not all of us have the guts to show them in all their glory! Kudos! :)

May 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Came across your blog from DIY Day at SPTL. Love what you did with the desk! Stained top would have been gorgeous but it looks good either way!!! I always say, it is what it is!! You definitely have a new follower!

May 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

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