Monday, July 26, 2010

Craigslist desk turned Fabulous!

Over the weekend, I took an old desk that I got off Craigslist and made it beautiful! As I've mentioned before, I've been wanting to find a desk for my bedroom so I have my own space to blog at, or do homework, etc. So this was perfect.

Here it is before:

And After:

What I did:

1.  Sanded it down with 120 grit, not a ton of sanding, just enough.
2.  Primed it with white spray primer.
3.  Painted it with Rustoleum Flat White spray paint.
4.  Sprayed it lightly with spray on poly.
5.  Put on new knobs.. all from Home Depot. (They match the knob on my nightstand.)

I was going to distress the edges, but my husband said he really likes it the way it is, so I decided to try it out for awhile without touching it.  I also am going to put pretty contact paper in the drawers, but I couldn't find what I wanted yesterday so I'll be saving that for later. :)

Here it is in my room:

Coco helped me pick out knobs at Home Depot. Hehe.

Let me know what you think! :)

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  1. Your desk looks beautiful. Great job! I am currently on the hunt for a desk just like that one.


  2. Isn't just amazing what a coat of paint will do? I love all the accessories you have with it. Good job!

  3. Love the desk!! Coco is too cute too!! I have a chihuahua that looks just like that!! Named Lucy Lou! You can take dogs into your home depot?!?!

  4. Thanks everyone!! :)

    Holly, I'm not sure if I was supposed to or not but I took a chance and got away with it, lol! I want to see a picture of Lucy Lou! :)

  5. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  6. Great job on the desk. And your dog is adorable!


  8. well done! and coco has some serious style ;)

    i love how white paint can really freshen up an old piece of furniture. your set looks great.

    ~ ana

  9. I think your desk is absolutely a darling piece now and looks wonderful.

    You are a very wise young woman, thank you so much for your comment on my post today. It means a lot!


  10. Hey Stevie! Its funny that you say we seem to have a lot in common bc I have a desk almost identical to that and I left it "untouched" for the longest bc the hubs liked it and I totally just stenciled it and distressed it last week and LOVE it even will be on my blog soon. And I will email you with links to the tutorials that I used to learn how to sew :-)

  11. Augh...fresh and new! Nice to have you join us for another Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  12. I love that desk! I need one that looks just like that. I think I should check out Craigs List a little more often :) Great project!

  13. I'm hopping over from NFF. LOVE the desk. Paint is so amazing. And you've reminded me (as though I needed it) that I really need to go see what I can find on craigslist. :)

  14. The desk looks great! Love the black and white damask too!
    ~ Julie

  15. You did a nice job on the desk... I love the look of flat paint. I like the damask lamp shade and curtains in the room, too. Thanks for visiting my blog. By the way, Coco looks like a little angel!

  16. OMG I have one just like this sitting on my back patio waiting for me to paint it! Yours turned out perfect!

  17. I am prepping my desk to redo and have been wondering, just how many cans of paint did this take?

  18. I am looking for a desk like this for my daughter's room. Great job!

    Visit me at to see my furniture makeovers! :)

  19. Thank you everyone for the sweet comments!!! :D

    Sandra it took like 4 cans of primer, and 6 cans of spray paint, and it was just BARELY enough...