Grandma Barb’s This and That

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Painted Desk

I found this desk for free!  My cousin and I were junking treasure hunting a few weeks ago and a lady had this desk with a free sign on it.  I said "I'll take it, thank you very much".  Here is what it looked like when I got it.


If you like shabby it doesn't look too bad here.  But a close up shows what a horrible job of painting someone had done.  The paint was thick and globbie in spots.

So I sanded it and because I liked the looks of it I gave it 2 coats of antique white by Benjamin Moore that I had left over from painting my bedroom.  Then I gave it 2 coats of Minwax past wax and distressed it.  From the pictures of the before and after, you can't tell much of a difference, but the paint is much smoother and it looks much fresher.






I was thinking of selling the desk but now that I've finished it, I may just keep it for my office/den.

Cost of this project, zero
Desk, free
Paint, left over from painting bedroom
paste wax, already had

I am joining Debbiedoo's for her Newbie Party
Beyond the Picket Fence for Under $100 Linky Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Johnnie at Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop

Until next time



Debbiedoos said...

Hi Barb...I love this desk, FREE is even better. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

It looks great.

Well done on your work.


andrea@townandprairie said...

It def looks more professional and cleaned up now! I always like the distressing part. Why is it that taking off paint always makes it look better?? :) . Andrea @ townand prairie

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

wonderful job, Barb!

Diana LaMarre said...

It looks great, Barb, and you sure can't beat the price. That's my kind of project!

Johnnie said...

What a great style! Hope you link this up at Thrifty Thursday.


laxsupermom said...

Looks fantastic! I much prefer the look of the natural top, and you can't beat free. You did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing.

I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party, and would love for you to come show off something you bought, did, or created Before Blogging. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.

Cynthia said...

That's a very sweet style of a desk. And it does look a lot better now. I especially like the stained top!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Can't beat free. And, she's a beauty now. Found you via Beyond the Picket Fence. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn