Desk redo

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This is for sale here.

This took me longer than I expected, but I love the results!
Here’s the lovely before:

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Not too bad, but there was some chipped veneer. Maybe that’s why it stayed around so long at the thrift store. One of my favorite thrift stores puts different colored tags on their stuff. And each week, 3 different colors are on sale. 30%, 50% & 70%. I think there are 5 different colors and they go through a rotation. I didn’t want to pay their original asking price, so I waited 3 weeks and finally this one hit the 70% week! I was so excited.

I knew I wanted to paint it white, so I got some Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and went to work. But man, oh man, did the dark color want to come through on this! And when it does, it looks like pink peeking through. Ugh! I think I ended up with 3 1/2 coats on it! I like the look of a dark top with the lighter colored bottom part, so I painted the top Annie Sloan Graphite.

Now let’s talk about these drawers! As I mentioned there was chipped veneer. No problem, I said to myself. I’ll just fill it with wood putty and it’ll be perfect once I paint over it. Right? Wrong! Apparently my putty skills suck are greatly lacking!

So I decided on a trick I saw on, where else? Pinterest! Paintable wallpaper. I found some on Amazon and it worked quite nicely. I had originally intended to paint it with the Old White. But once I did, I didn’t like it. So back to Pinterest I went. I found a couple if desks done like this one. Luckily I happened to have some Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue lying around. Loved it immediately. This picture is kind of blurry but you can see the color and kind of see the texture of the wallpaper.

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Now we move onto the drawer pulls. I had settled on reusing the existing pulls and spray painting them in Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. As I was setting them up to spray, I noticed one of the rosettes was missing. In the picture below you can see me holding a good pull and the busted one. Back to the store I went.

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Now I was getting this desk ready to sell at the Big Shanty Antique Mart. They had an Art Walk this past Friday night. This was an opportunity for local artists and repurposers to peddle their wares without having to pay a fee. I realized the issue with the pulls on Wednesday before the show on Friday. So on Thursday, I went to Hobby Lobby and found some cute crystal pulls. But when I put them in, the screw stuck way out into the inside of the drawer. So I ran back on Friday morning to get some more. I found some, but wasn’t crazy about them, so I swung into Target and found some really cute ones that I ended up using. You can see them in the blurry drawer picture above.

So remember I said I was getting this ready for the Art Walk? Well, unfortunately, by the week before the Art Walk, I hadn’t found a chair to sell with the desk. I was kind of freaking out. I had stopped in 2 of my favorite thrift stores and one of my not as favorite stores with no luck. At the last second, I decided to check in my hit or miss Goodwill store. I didn’t hold out any hope because I had been in there a few days before and there was nothing. As soon as I walked in the door, I saw the perfect chair… in someone else’s cart! Ok, I didn’t do a full on freak out, but I was thinking of ways to try and get that person to let me have the chair! Anywho, I continued walking to the furniture section…. and I saw 2 more of the same chair. I grabbed those puppies faster than you can believe. I also found a couple of other chairs I’d been looking for and snagged them too. Here is the desk chair in all of its ugly yellow glory.

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I painted it Duck Egg Blue as well and threw on some fabric I had picked up as a remnant. And finally it was done!!! Don’t you love her? I know I do!

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And since I always love a good before and after:
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