Monday, May 10, 2010

Power of Spray Paint (yes it is the same desk!)

After I finished my chair, I decided I needed a desk to go with it. Last year I saved my birthday money and started searching KSL classifieds for a desk with "good bones" It took months and several dissapointments as I would find one, then go to get it only to find out the owner sold it to someone else! But eventually I found this one for $40 dollars, if I had seen it before I got it, I would have only paid 25 because she did a good job at hiding all the broken things in her photo. Oh-well, lesson learned.

I took it all apart (seriously like 15 pieces) and started sanding down the surface. Mind you it was a cheap paper veneer! Because of the paper veneer, I couldn't just spray paint it or the paper would bubble, so I had to buy automotive primer (spray) and prime the whole thing first. The reason why that works on veneer is because it is OIL BASED - key to redoing veneer. The oil base will not bubble the paper finish. Once everything had a good coat of primer I could spray paint it. And spray paint it I did. I think it took like 6 cans of primer and 6 cans of spray paint!





Oh, I also added all that trim to the cupboard doors. I used scraps of beadboard for the centers then just put some thin trim to trim out the edges.
I also added crown molding to the top of the desk. I then took apart the shelves, and used the excess pieces to remake the shelving to be a little more usable. Once all this was complete I bought a piece of wood beadboard, stained and glazed it, then added it to the back. Here is the finished product.
I have to say that there were many times I doubted this project would ever work! It took about 6 weeks to do it and it took up my entire garage! I think I am still cleaning up spray paint dust! Thanks to a wonderfully patient hubby who waited forever to park his car back in the garage!



Total Cost: About $100 ($40 for the desk, and $60 for the molding, beadboard, and all that paint!)

If only spray paint could transform me like that!!! :)

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15 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow Maria, both are so great! So impressed! Wish I could do stuff like that. I have 0 creativity as you know!

Windy said...

That is beautiful! You are one talented girl!

House of Smith's said...

Ooo! I LOVE the chair and your fun style!
Thanks for sharing! :)
Shelley

Rebecca said...

Wow, what a difference! I never would've thought the "before" desk could turn in to the "after" desk! It sounds like you worked REALLY hard on it, but it paid off because it's beautiful! Great job!

Decorchick! said...

Your desk looks beautiful!! Beadboard is so amazing. Great job! Visiting from Women Who Do it All. :)

Tawnya said...

I truly can't tell you how much I love this desk and chair! I am moving apartments in a week and a half and am looking for lots of changes. I have a lot of cheap furniture with veneer covers. I have some questions about how you did this and also would love some advice. Would you be willing to help me with ideas for my projects? My email address is tawnyaras at yahoo dot com. Thanks so much!

Robin said...

I am a total spray paint addict and I LOVE this!

Life in Rehab said...

That turned out just amazing!

BKicklighter said...

Oh. My. Word. Love this. Love that you used bead board.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Looks like something you'd get out of Pottery Barn! Awesome job.

Ανεράιδα said...

GREAT JOB, beautiful desk!!!

Going Goofy said...

I love this desk!

Julie said...

Looks great!

Steph :) said...

Absolutly love your desk! Could you tell me the brand of the oil based primer and paint you used please :)

octave77 said...

You fooled my eyes..I thought that was not the same desk.

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