Monday, July 18, 2011

The Big Desk Makeover .... COMPLETE!

There she is.
She's kinda pretty, huh?

Is it strange that I'm actually kinda shaking, typing this?
Let's chalk it up to the fact that it's been a l-o-n-g and fairly rough weekend around here .... and it's waaaay past my bedtime.
That makes me sound a little less crazy than blaming it on my excitement over this project!

But I am soooooooo excited!

First of all, let me just tell you -- this project has been a long time a'comin'.
I've had this desk since I was about 8 years old (give or take a year or two).
A very light (birch?) wood .... very 80s!  A few stains on the desktop, but in otherwise perfect condition!

When I first suggested to my mom that I planned to "make over" my desk, she didn't seem too pleased.
(Probably because she and my dad paid a pretty penny for it (at Ethan Allen, no less!)  - and the thought of me covering it in paint just didn't sound like a good idea.:)~
But come on .... the thing was over 20 years old .... and we ALL need a little makeover every now and then!

So.  Considering my "history" with this desk .... and my mom's less-than-thrilled reaction, I was a wee bit nervous to start on this project!  And it took me forEVer to decide on the color .... and even longer to get the guts to start!

Here's what I decided on ....
1. First, I slicked on two coats of Kilz Clean Start Primer.  Awesome stuff!  No sanding or ANYTHING necessary!  That's my kind of paint job! :)~
2.  Next, I painted the bottom part of the desk and the drawers my beloved "Heirloom White" by Rust-oleum .... and the desktop, I painted "Catalina Mist" by Krylon.
(Gotta spread the love, right?  .... at least until one of them is paying me to use their spray paint - haha!:)~
And yes.  
I used SPRAY PAINT to make over my precious desk!
But I absolutely L-O-V-E both of these colors.  Catalina Mist might just be my new obsession.  .... And we all already know how I feel about Heirloom White.

3. Next came the tricky part.  I decided to attempt to use an antiquing glaze.  I used a bronze-tinted glaze by Valspar.
(And no, I don't know what possessed me to be so brave on a piece of furniture THIS special!  .... But hey, the bigger the risk, the bigger the payoff maybe!?)
Anyway .... working in sections, I painted on a layer of the glaze (over well-dried paint), let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wiped it off with a damp t-shirt rag.  The glaze sticks in all of the nooks and crannies and creates an awesome, aged look.
At least I think it's awesome.  :-)
With a layer of glaze.
After wiping with a damp cloth!
Here's what it looked like after the glazing was all done!  (The chair, too!)

4.  After the glazing was done, I had to let the desk sit for several days .... (Yes, it felt like forever! -- I just wanted to get that baby in the house!)  But the final step before moving it into the house was to spray a couple of coats of polyurethane over the whole thing.
Yep, I SPRAYED that, too! :)~

5.  I moved it back in the house, and added back the hardware .... which I LOVED and didn't change a bit!  I think these handles perfectly accent the new paint colors!

And here is the finished product .... which has found it's new home in my Mom Cave!

....And the super-cute "command center" above the desk?
I will show you THAT project later this week....
It's made out of an old screen!
I am currently sitting at THAT desk, staring at THAT cool project ..... and I am a happy camper.  :-)

So, one more time, just for effect:
Oh.  And my mom?  
She loves it!  
Hope you gals do, too! :-)

Linking up to Today's Creative Blog .... among others. :-)


  1. That looks fabulous, worth all the hard work you put into it :)

  2. I am giddy for you. You did a fabulous job and should be so proud of it. It must have been so hard to wait in between coats. That is usually my downfall.

  3. Bec, this is GORGEOUS!! You can send it over any time!! ;)

  4. This looks GREAT!! Thanks for sharing. I'm in the middle of doing a bed frame and will try these products out.

  5. Oh my how I love this desk! So cute! I'm in the picking color stages of several painting projects and you have just given me masses of motivation! I just found your blog by the way and am happy I did!

  6. Super Cute, Bec! Impressed, as usual!

  7. What an awesome job! I have just started into redoing old furniture and will definitely try your method.

  8. Adorable and see, I knew you could spray paint furniture. ;)

  9. Oh Rebecca - you multi-talented girl!!!! I am, again, beyond impressed!!!

  10. I love the colors and will be getting a small desk soon. Now I have a great idea has to what I just may do with it. Love the color on top.

  11. Bec you need to make your way over to WA and do a makeover on some of my furniture!! Your projects amaze me--(not that I am surprised in the least!!)

  12. Gorgeous!

    I cannot wait until I can post pictures of my big projects (that have yet to be finished!)

  13. So pretty--I love it! And I love the glazing...we had that done on our kitchen cabinets that we put in :)

  14. Beautiful Bec!! Really, very pretty! You SHOULD be proud! :)

  15. I love it! I'm finishing up a desk today that's the same color scheme! I wasn't brave enough to try the glazing, though! Can't wait till I'm done!

  16. I really, really like your desk. My hubby is like your mom, he never wants me to paint any wood but I love painted wood! I am amazed that you did all this with spray paint? I have used it and there is a strong paint smell, do you have that problem?

  17. Awesome Job on the desk.....I love spray too! My hubby hates painted wood and I love it.....I think the desk looks great. :) Sue

  18. Your desk redo looks great. I love the colors you picked!

  19. WOW! I have yet to try my hands at antiquing (but I just might now)... Great job!

  20. What a sweet desk! It looks wonderful. I have to say that I am also a lover of Catalina Mist. I just started incorporating it into my living room color scheme and it's a great accent! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Visiting from A2Z.

  21. Love it's new life! Even the '80s deserve a break, right? ;-) Kudos!
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  22. Truly beautiful transformation--love the color combo!

  23. Love it! I am working on one right now and not so sure it will be this beautiful! :)

  24. Gorgeous! I can't believe it's spray paint. I also give you credit for painting Ethan Allen furniture. I have a few pieces I'd love to paint but because it's EA, I'm afraid to do it!

  25. Hopping over from Today's Creative the makeover! Great job :)

  26. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing it at my party! You did a fabulous job on the desk!

  27. Well, your hard work paid off, that desk is stunning! I love your color choices!

  28. So pretty. I love the colors you used.

  29. Well, I love it and you did a great job! Why does everyone get so nervous when paint is mentioned? (My hubs is phobic!). Lol.

  30. Your desk turned out fabulous!! I had mine for a year before I ever prettied her up!:)

  31. Just found your blog! This transformation is AMAZING!

  32. Beautifully done! I'm putting you in the PoPP Spotlight.

  33. This is so awesome! I love the colors and thank you so much for the instructions on glazing! I've been intimidated of glazing, but your picture made me think I should try it! I featured this on my Friday 5! Have a great weekend!

  34. She looks absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job with the paint make-over

  35. I love how your desk turned out! The glaze really adds great texture. I'm also a fan of Heirloom White!!

  36. Wow this is amazing...
    I'm inviting you to add this to our linking party at
    Have a great weekend,

  37. Oh, I just love the glazing technicue, and the colors turned out beautiful! Thanks for showing off!


  38. I NEED TO GET SOME OF THAT GLAZE! I'm totally in love with what you've done. I have a number of pieces that belonged to my fiance's parents and grandparents that I've been given "permission" to makeover... Can't wait to try out some of your techniques :)


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