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A $25 Garage Sale Desk Makeover


I hope you're having a wonderful week and are gearing up for a great holiday weekend.  I can't believe it's almost the 4th of July - it's been far too wet and rainy around here, and I feel like summer hasn't gotten into full swing yet.  Bring on the sun already!

You may remember that I quit my corporate job of over 20 years back in 2013, to stay home and pursue the things that I love (for which I am eternally grateful), and in my excitement, I hit local garage sales, scooping up furniture pieces to redo.  One of those pieces is this desk.  And yes, I've worked on it, but then procrastinated, worked, procrastinated.  You get the idea.  I am the Procrastination Princess sometimes.

The desk was pink, and pretty beat up, with the paint chipping all over it.

Underneath the pink paint, there was green paint, so I figured the best way to redo it would be to strip the paint and get down to the bare wood.  This is where the procrastination took hold.  I hate stripping furniture.  You can see the detail work around the drawers, so it made it even more tedious.

It was also rocking out some vintage hardware.

You can see where I began stripping the paint this photo (along with my garage sale hoard).  Hot mess.

I'm happy to report that this desk is finally done.  Originally, I was going to put it in my daughter's room, but she has inherited my son's old desk, and the curves of this desk don't really work with her room, so I'm selling it.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out, even though it took, um, two years.

I added some mint green glass pulls from D. Lawless Hardware.  They are the icing on the cake for this desk.

The top of this desk was in rough shape, and when I went to paint it, you could really see the imperfections.

Enter my new favorite wood grain filler - Faux Effects Master Finishing Medium.

It's super easy to work with and sand smooth.  I might have to give it a try on some oak cabinets and see how it works on hiding the grain.  I think it could be a great tool to add to my painting arsenal for that very purpose.

You can see how nice and smooth the top of the desk looks now.  Great stuff!

As for paint, I used Benjamin Moore's Advance paint in White Dove for the base, and General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black on the top, with a couple of coats of poly to help it hold up against wear and tear.  I'm really loving the Milk Paint - it's easy to work with and gives a really nice finish.

There you have it!  Project complete!


Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don't)

Hello friends!

Happy Friday!  I feel like summer is getting away from me already, and I don't like it!  It doesn't help that we've gotten more than our fair share of rain lately - enough already!

It's been awhile since I've done a Friday 5+1, and I have been keeping notes on things that I've spotted, so that I don't forget them.  Not that I have memory problems or anything...

Tempest Torches
I spotted Tempest Torches in a local home design magazine and just love the coolness factor of these for outdoor spaces.  I guess these types of things are on my mind since we've been doing so much work on the outside of our house.  How cool would these be in an outdoor space for a party, or just unconventional lighting in general?

These torches are outside an amazing pool house that was featured in the issue.

What a cool statement for an entry!

I spotted this in a painting magazine (because I'm a geek like that), and thought it was a great idea for selecting a new paint color.  It's basically a clear 9x12 inch film that you use to apply your sample paint, which then adheres to the wall (lightly, of course).
They are available at Home Depot in packages of 3, 15 or 50 (for the really indecisive).  And the three pack is less than $3.00 - not a bad deal.

The Paint Brush Cover
I picked up one of these at Sherwin Williams, and thought I'd share since I know there are a lot of painters out there that will appreciate it.  Many times, I throw my paint brushes into a plastic baggie, but this product allows you to store your paint covered brush for up to several weeks without drying out or ruining your brush.  Brilliant, and super handy when you're working on a multi-day project.

My Stanley Expandable Toolbox
I mentioned that I'm taking on more cabinet painting jobs these days, and needed to get my tools and products organized in a way that also allowed me to transport them easily.  Enter awesome Stanley Toolbox (ala Menards).

It wheels around beautifully.

Oh the storage!

Fun Birthday Gifts
I was ordering invitations for our summer fish fry, and found these hilariously adorable coasters in the shop.  Nothing better than off-the-beaten-path gift ideas.

My +1 Thing I Don't Like
On Father's Day, my mom was taking a walk (no doubt to increase her Fitbit step count), and tripped on some uneven pavement, shattering her wrist.  The doctor said it's usually the kind of injury he sees in motorcycle accidents.  She had surgery on Monday and now will get a special pass to go through the airport metal detectors.

Luckily, she's tough, and seems to be taking everything in stride.  But, I'm losing her as my painting helper.  For now. :-(

Have a great weekend!