FREE Desk – Pleeeease Take Me Away!
This desk was in the classifieds, FREE for anyone wanting to take it away! And since a desk was on the wish list, we took it away!
Believe it or not, there were actually more stickers on the top than you see here, but I started to peel them away before I remembered the ‘before’ photo. Ooops!
This desk had seen better times, and was definitely worse for wear!
Notice how the top left drawer is sitting crooked? Every drawer glide was broken or missing on all the drawers except the top right, so they needed to be replaced.
The backing on the desk was also loose and in need of some extra reinforcement.
I used small finishing nails, and nailed them between all the existing staples.
Sometimes it took 2 or 3 nails between staples as so many were non-existent!
And then the hardware! It was either missing, or falling apart.
So new hardware was a must.
It was hard to decide which way to go, but a trip to ReStore and this is what I pulled together.
Solid, and only $1.25 a piece.
I gave them a go ’round with Rub ‘N Buff in ‘European Gold’ thinking they’d look better a little dulled down.
Can I just say, they came out all wrong! See the scratches, and the lumps? Epic FAIL! So I removed all the Rub ‘N Buff with paint thinner and decided to leave the hardware alone.
I was pretty sure the shiny gold would look just fine with ‘Sweet & Juicy’ (P5072-85), the colour I was painting the desk.
After two coats of primer, I gave the desk 3 coats of Sweet & Juicy including the back, and opted for 4 coats on the desk top. Overkill, maybe, but those last coats really made a big difference.
This is the first coat.
If you look close, notice how streaky it is? Looks like I rolled the paint on, but every coat was brushed. And by the time all the coats were finished the streaking was long gone!
Let’s take a look!
I’m really happy with how this desk turned out. And I think the hardware works great in its original state!
What do you think? Here’s a quick little look back.
We went from this…
What do you think of Para Paint’s ‘Sweet & Juicy’ colour? When I picked it out, I wanted something that was in keeping with Pantone’s tangerine tango, and I think this colour definitely is!
In a little over a week I’ll be delivering this desk to the home of the redesign project. Until then I get to enjoy it for a bit!
Today I’m linking up at Primitive & Proper…
Did you see the project picks from last week? They’re WOW!!!
A super big thanks for hosting, Cassie…
AND TO YOU, FOR STOPPING BY!
Photography: Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.