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Revamping an Old Post | Painting a Desk

I was going through some of my old posts from back when I first started blogging. One of the big things with me when I started blogging on a regular basis, was cutting down my "wordiness." I still have issues with it, but it's glaringly obvious in the old posts.  Also, I had NO idea how to resize my pictures (I fixed them for this post!)  You can read the original post here, if you like, to compare how I would now approach it now...

I've been in search of my own computer desk for quite sometime. If I have a space to write, I'm more apt to do so, as opposed to sitting in front of the TV and binge-watching Entourage. Anyway, I bought this desk on Craigslist for $50 to repair and repaint.

It had some dents and dings in it, and the drawers had that old musty smell in them. I used wood putty to patch them up, and selectively sanded the damage out.

Sorry for the blurriness- these were taken long before I had thought about eventually sharing them.
Using my homemade version of chalk paint, I painted the top and the little trim piece a light gray, and the rest an antique white. I also painted the drawers (gray), which sealed out the must smell, and covered any damage. Then, I spray painted the original hardware oil rubbed bronze.

I did notice some red bleeding through along the bottom. Apparently it had a mahogany stain on it originally, the pigments of which was bleeding through. So, I sprayed a couple layers of white spray primer, and repainted.

I put 3 or 4 coats of paint on, with a light sanding in between.  Then sealed the whole thing with some polycrylic.  Polycrylic is tougher than furniture paste, which is good for the day to day use it would be seeing. After the poly, I buffed the top with 0000 grade steel wool for the smoothest finish I've ever felt.

Truth be told the hardest, most time consuming part of this project was painting the drawers. They have a different grain than the rest of the desk, so it took many (I lost track how many) coats of paint for them to look decent.

The cost breakdown:

Desk: $50
Paint: 2 quarts @ $13 each
Paint roller/pad/tray combo: $9.97
Polycrylic: $17.97
Steel Wool: $7.94 for a 16 pack
Wood Putty: on hand
Spray Paint/ Primer: On hand.
Total: $99.88 before tax!

As an update- I've used this desk almost daily for over a year now and it still looks great and has held up well.  It could really use another coat of poly, but.  Meh.  I may repaint the whole thing!


  1. Stopping by from Life of Meg's blog hop! Oh my goodness, that desk is absolutely beautiful! I also think I would benefit from a little blogging area with a gorgeous desk - I tend to do the "sit on the couch while binge watching Neflix" and lose focus! You've inspired me! :)

    Julie ::Wally and Jules::

  2. Truth be told, I wind up sitting in front of the tv and try to work on things a lot as well. And when I do, I'm only half paying attention. I find I get a lot more done in a short amount of time if I make myself go upstairs and work at the desk!

  3. That desk looks great!!! I hate when items take tons of coats of paint!! I start getting impatient!!!

  4. Well done, lady! This is amazing!

  5. It looks lovely, you did a good job 'fixing' that desk!

  6. Jordyn Brown12:05:00 AM

    I love this desk so much, I have an almost identical one waiting in my garage for a free weekend to repaint and repair! I'd love for you to share a post on antiquing a piece like this if you've ever done something like that! :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern Stylista

  7. Yes, probably if I had just did a proper coat of primer beforehand, it could have only taken a couple! oooh Well!

  8. Thanks! I love that it's still holding strong!

  9. Thanks! I really need to find something else to 'redo'!

  10. I actually did antique the dresser that's currently in my bed room. I also love how it turned out- it's probably my favorite piece I've done so far!

    Dresser Makeover and the mirror redo

  11. The desk looks great. I tend to get wordy too and have to read and cut often ;)

  12. Thanks! I feel like I've gotten better, but I still have to go back and edit a couple times! Glad I'm not the only one with the problem


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