I haven’t been blogging a lot lately because I’ve been really busy with a surprise that my hubby brought home, a new desk! A big executive desk that was given to him for free! Ain’t God grand? I think so!
So what was the first thing I needed to do? Make it mine and since it wasn’t my hubby’s desk from childhood or an antique that someone gave me, I had no problems or guilt about wanting to paint it. My hubby wasn’t so sure though.
Here it is! It’s so big and it was really nice, but it had some rough spots. So I sanded the finish off to take off the shine so the primer and paint would adhere.
Next I gave it 3 coats of Behr paint and primer in Decorator White. Once it was all covered, I sanded it down in a few places to reveal the dark wood underneath. I was going for a shabby chic look but I only did a little because I didn’t want it to look too old. Then I coated it in 2 coats of varnish. I may do a 3rd coat later, but for now I’m really happy with the results.
Next, I moved it into its new home right by the window of our classroom. I love it! There’s so much room on top to work and spread out and I love the worn look after I got the desk personalized. I still need to redo the lamp to match and I need to paint the trim on the white board to match the corkboard. That’s next on the list!
I went to Hobby Lobby and got the urn and the candle this morning for next to nothing, on sale baby! The vase I had and the flowers I also had from an old arrangement. Emily wants to paint the pencil holder she made when she was little, but I like it just the way it is.
Here you can see a close up of the drawers and the handles. It’s kinda hard to tell in the picture, but the handles were that gold-brass color. I actually painted the round parts red and the curves in the handles red. When it dried it looked really pretty. Then I gave them a quick varnish.
Here’s the finished desk and yes as you can see I’m on my Facebook page! I can’t wait to blog and write and do school from here! And what does hubby think of my finished product? He really likes it and I can’t believe how it turned out!