Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How gnarly is this desk? There was old paint spilled down the front. Over a dozen drill holes in the top of it not to mention the patches of water marks. And, it was love at first sight. OK...that is a bit of an overstatement. I was drawn to the retro style hardware on it and thought this piece lent itself to a heavy distressing all over it. Plus, it really reminded me of one of my favorite refinished pieces, this vanity that I had when the store first opened.

The desk had the same issues that this vanity had. Lifting veneer, gauges in the wood all over. It was just plain unsightly. But, I made this vanity look pretty cool so I thought I could do the same with the desk.

I had to patch up all of the drill holes and heavily sand the top to smooth out the chipped surface.

I painted the entire piece with a mix of teal and light beige to give it a soft blue shade. Sprayed the original hardware black with plans to re-use it. But, the hardware just didn't lend itself to the style of the desk. So I filled the drawer holes and opted for knobs instead.

Distressed the crud out of it.

Even, with all the imperfections the surface is smooth.

I pulled from my stash of crystal knobs and have three different styles on the desk. It's kind of quirky, but I like it.  

The icing on the cake are the lined drawers with vintage images from New York Evening Post magazines.

I found a stack of these books and magazines at a garage sale and couldn't wait to tear them up!

I love the variety of images that draw on the blue color in the desk and keep with the vintage motif!

I know a lot of people like using fabric to line drawers or wrapping paper. I prefer books and music! What do you like to line your drawers with?


  1. Replies
    1. Thank-you! This is my favorite color to paint with!

  2. It turned out super cute! That blue color is really pretty.

  3. Michele! You sure whipped that piece into shape. I love it and the color is wonderful! GREAT job! xo Diana

  4. That desk was pretty gnarly but now it's just plain gorgeous!

  5. beautiful job! Hard to believe it was a work bench/desk ;) prior to the makeover! Love the drawer liners- great idea.

  6. Very cool! Love the different crystal knobs too!


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