Ever get a wild hair and decide to do something you know you can do, but have never tried before? Yeah I suffer from that kind of spontaneous confidence often. Sometimes is works out and sometimes it doesn’t. I have to say this time it did!!!!
My home office is actually part of my living room. I have been using a fold up card table for oh, about 5 years. I know….it’s embarrassing. I am a grown woman with a job and a blog (notice not one and the same) and working from a foldable table and a crappy chair was getting really old. However, I certainly didn’t have the budget for the kind of desk I wanted, something from Pottery Barn that doubles as a desk/nice furniture piece in that room. I still wanted the room to be a place where we can sit with friends or family and not feel like you are invading on my work space.
So I marched myself down to Goodwill and decided I would find the desk. I got super lucky when the first trip down yielded me this beautiful desk with a hutch for $5. Yep you read that right I got it for five dollars!!!!!! After roughly a $75 dollar investment in a sander, chalk paint, top coat and new knobs, oh and a bunch of sweat, raw hands and a broken back this awesome desk finally appeared. It’s better than I expected.
Would I do it again? Actually, yes I would and already have two other pieces I need to sand and refinish or paint waiting in the wings!!
I used a circular motion sander. I had borrowed a regular sander from a friend, but it didn’t have quite the power. This desk had the thickest coat of lacquer on it. It took forever to get off, but once you get through that layer the actual paint came right off.
The paint I used was Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint in “Aged Grey” – it came out light grey, but after the top coat I applied it was more of a deep greyish-blueish. It wasn’t exactly what I was after, but I actually ended up loving the color. Prior to the top coat I did take a sheet of sand paper and roughed it up a little….you know so it knows I am in charge….oh wait I just wanted it to look antique.
The Hutch had a back board and an extra shelf. I decided to remove them both. The backboard because it was simple pressed board that I couldn’t sand or paint it the way I did the wood desk so I decided to just ditch it. The shelf I removed was so that I could fit my over sized monitor. I think it looks pretty good!
So there you have it! I have never refinished a desk or any furniture in my life. It was not hard. As a matter of fact it was super easy, it just took some time. I found the drawer knobs at Home Depot for about $3 a piece. Then my awesome friends helped me get my work space spiffed up by giving me some great desk accessories…..probably one of the best gifts I have ever gotten was my F Bomb!
So if you are not finding your inspiration at the regular retail shops and you know what you want — go check out Craigslist or Goodwill. Grab some sand paper and some paint and go for it! If I can do it so can you.