Well peeps, I’m back again with another DIY project! I can’t even believe I’m typing that. Before writing for this blog I NEVER did these projects. I just shopped until I found what I wanted and could afford! Now I’m basically a DIY pro. Ok not really. But I AM learning as I go and having fun with it!
As much as I loved the coffee mug candles and the jewelry holder; I’m in head-over-heels with my desk! That could be because now that we are doing some property management we really needed a functional workspace. And of course, I needed it to look good. Being on a tight budget, finding a cheap old desk and glamming it up seemed like the only option!
I went to our local YMCA thrift store with my bestie, Shantel, and spotted this desk. I chose it because it wasn’t very smooth so I knew it would be easier to paint, and goodness knows I needed something fairly easy. It’s pretty heavy, so I decided to set up shop in our bonus room where I knew I would keep it permanently. (Please excuse brown paper and hot pink masking tape; I had to protect my pretty floors!)
Next was choosing the paint color. I knew I wanted red and settled on Valspar Posh Red. First, I gave the desk a light sanding and then wiped off with a damp cloth. Then the paint! It took about 2 coats with some touch-ups.
Once I was finished with the paint, I used an old rag to wipe on Martha Stewart Crafts Wood Stain in Espresso (found at Michael’s). Since I wasn’t sure what the stain was going to do on top of the red paint, I was careful to start off VERY lightly until I saw what it was going to do! The stain gave it the antique-y look I was going for.
Next, I searched for hardware at local antique stores. Thankfully I talked to the right employee who told me that he and his wife had a whole collection of antique hardware at his home and offered to bring ALL of it and show me! I had so much fun mixing and matching and being very indecisive. Once I decided on my sets, I spray painted each one a brown that I did NOT end up liking. So I used a foam brush and brushed on gold acrylic paint and used an old rag to wipe off after it had dried a little. After some experimentation, I pretty much got the look I was going for!
I found the cute little chair at our local Re-store and my wonderful, talented husband reupholstered it for me using material I found on sale at JoAnn Fabrics. Didn’t he do a great job?!
I love how it all turned out. Unfortunately, if you ever visit my house you probably won’t be able to see it because the poor desk sits in our laundry room and Matt’s “changing room” so needless to say the desk is the prettiest part of the room. Maybe one day it will have its’ own room, but for now, it will just be seen in pictures!