Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Classic Country Desk Reveal

Two weeks ago was crazyyy! I painted a desk in a matter of days on top of working and getting ready for Todd's big birthday party. (Stay tuned for a post on that!) 

The desk is for my mother-in-law and she requested a glossy black. I went with Valspar's Dark Kettle Black in a gloss finish. The handles and knobs I got at Hobby Lobby at 50% off. But I am rushing ahead. Here is the before:

Todd and I got this desk off Craigslist for about $15 a year ago. It has been sitting in our 400 square foot first floor and then out in the backyard (covered by heavy duty plastic) foreverrr. So glad to give it a good home!

Todd sanded and I scraped goo and stickers off and then primed and painted it. Teamwork makes the dreamwork! :)

Now get ready for some dark after pictures. Since I was painting at night (and last minute- story of my life lately), I was able to snap a few pictures at night before my in-laws took it home with them.

I added some cabinet bumpers to the drawers to help protect the finish. You can get these for a few bucks at the hardware store in the aisle with the furniture moving disc thingers. (I'm sure that was helpful!)

Apparently our hard work paid off. I got a text today from my mother-in-law saying that she is enjoying her new desk! :) 

Have you done a furniture refinish lately? Leave a link... I would love to check it out and get some inspiration for my next project!

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  1. You rocked this one girl!!! It is a stunner!!! Wonderful choice in color as well!

  2. Hi Lindsey! I totally agree with the comment above! It truly is a Stunner and I like your phrase "Teamwork makes the Dreamwork" Your choice of color is a beautiful black and the hardware is a wonderful compliment to it You Go Girl!!!!


  3. Hello Lindsey,
    You did an incredible job. I love the color and the finish looks so smooth and well done. It is wonderful to give an old piece new life.
    Big hug,

  4. This turned out great and glossy black was a good color. It doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture.

  5. Teamwork is the dream work! Great idea with the protective bumpers. I really love the Dark Kettle Black you chose too. The desk looks brand new and I'm sure your mother-in-law will enjoy it. Thanks for sharing. D@TheShadyPorch

  6. Beautiful job. I've got a desk sitting around needing a little love. Your desk is great inspiration! I haven't painted very many pieces yet, but here is a little dresser I finished last week: http://daffodilsathome.com/2013/07/18/ta-da-girls-room-night-standchest/

  7. It looks spectacular! Love the industrial knobs you chose!!!

  8. I was just reading my weekly Houzz and saw that they are asking to see reader's dollhouses! Thought of yours! It looks so real.


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