Wednesday, August 19, 2009

$10 desk: Before and after

It's time for thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh of Bloggeritaville, and Vintage Thingies Thursday hosted by Suzanne of Colorado Lady

Here's the before of the $10 desk, again. I don't know how old this is, but it has names scratched inside the drawers. I left them there. They're meant to be left there. I think this was an old teacher's desk. I really haven't done anything but this for the last 2 weeks, after all, it is 110 outside (and in the garage )

Here is a before of the office:

And, here's the after: (the office is a work in progress)

Here are the steps that were taken:

1. Removed hardware. Stripped the veneer from the top and sanded it down all over.
2. Filled large gouges on top of desk with Elmers wood filler
3. Sanded again
4. primed with white Kiltz stain blocker
5. painted with Behr Premium Plus Saturn Gray in eggshell
6. chugged at least 2 large bottles of gatorade. . . in a row
7. Primed hardware with Rust-oleum rusty metal primer
8. Sprayed hardware with Rust-oleum Metallic finish (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
9. Applied 2nd coat of Behr paint to desk
10. Distressed desk
11. Locked my keys in the car because it was in the driveway instead of in the garage. There was a desk in the way.
12. Top coated desk with minwax polycrylic. 2 coats
13. Lined desk drawers with scrapbook paper (mod podge)
14. Let's be fair, the Golfer re-attached the hardware. . . and moved the desk inside. . . and moved the old desk out. What a good hubby!

I love how it turned out! I especially love that I can fit my printer in the left side and the shelf slides out. I also love the drawer liners! Not bad for a $10 Goodwill find!


Traci said...

Great job! I love it! I love the way you can hide the printer inside. I know you will enjoy it for a long time.

Connie said...

Wow! It looks fabulous!

AF Recruiters Wife said...

I love it... I'm always to afraid to distress... afraid I'll over do it! It looks great though!

jennifer said...

Gatorade chugging was KEY in making the project happen. Thank you for including that step :)

It really turned out great. I like the way you distressed it to keep the 'aged' look... just better.

Cheri Peoples said...

This looks amazing.
I started a new KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT party and I bet you have some things to put in the party-it's every Monday. I would love to have you submit this idea next Monday. I hope you come over and become a follower and subscribe and I will do the same.
Its So Very Cheri

Roslyn said...

Way to repurpose that sturdy old desk. I love to rescue & repurpose I like the feeling of history that comes with an old item with a new use.

the wild raspberry said...

i love that there are stories hidden within that old desk...really cool~
have a wonderful day

love your photo blog as well~
great eye!

farmlady said...

Very nice! You did a wonderful job on this desk. I love the slide out for the printer. How amazingly perfect was that? Now, enjoy it...

Jingle said...

That is a great desk and you did a great job with it! Thanks for coming by my blog! Oh..and actually...we are lightly considering a move to AZ! I love it out there!

Kathi Fly said...

Yea, yea, yea! Great job! I'm really impressed. I've tried refinishing a bed and it's not easy! Yours looks beautiful and the hardware turned out great! Love the scrapbook paper in the drawers!

Carrie said...

Beautifully done! The more amply sized desk is a great improvement of your computer work space.

Jane said...

I love your transformation of the desk. Kudos for working on it in 110 degree heat! I love the combination of the light color on the desk and the dark hardware and legs.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Amazing job on the desk, love how bright it is just fabulous.

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

Wow, a lot of steps and elbow grease to make it special. Looks good, great job!

Coloradolady said...

This looks great! Love the new color. Have a great VTT!

CC said...

What a fantastic desk and an even greater makeover. It's just beautiful..I love it. Happy VTT... have a lovely weekend

Anonymous said...

ooh lala! You sure gussied up that dresser, missy!

The makeover was drastic, huh? Such a different feel the room must have now.

jlshall said...

What a great find! And you did an amazing job of rehabbing it. I love that you left the names in the drawers. Have you added yours?

Neabear said...

You did a great job on the desk. Good luck with the rest of your transformation of the office. Also thank you for visiting me today!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hey Kayleen!
For 10 buks you have a great looking professional work space. I LOVE it. Great photography, BTW! I am so impressed at the redo! Great find my friend!Thanks for linking up this week!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Dawn said...

Your desk looks great and I love how you included the gatorade chuggin' and the key mishap!

Kirby3131 said...

That's a fabulous desk - and now well beyond a $10 price tag. Love that door that opens up - great space for that printer.

Swiss Avenue said...

I love how this desk turned out. I also have an old, heavier than concrete, wood desk and I have been toying with painting it, but I'm scared! Your desk has helped me overcome my fear! Thanks!

The Cobabes said...

I am so glad I found your blog! I have an old desk from the 40's that is in need of new paint. The last paint peeled off not sure how to paint so that won't happen again? I feel inspired to try again. Thanks for your bravery :)