Desk Refinish

I am still working on what I am calling The Great Bedroom Makeover and definitely still have a long ways to go, but this week added something very new and different to my bedroom:

Learn how to refinish furniture

Please tell me you like that. Because I love it. But, hubby’s initial reaction was not the overwhelming awe and love that I expected but more of a “well gee, that’s awfully bright….but you sure did a beautiful job painting.”

It’s true. It is bright  (I can’t quite get the pictures to capture it’s full color and brightness) and so far all we have in there is a now painted black dresser, a newly painted black bed and soon to be painted black night stands, so it sort of stands out like a sore thumb. I need to pull in more color definitely but that is coming.


How to Refinish a Desk:

This desk was a steal of a deal. I got it from the classifieds for $100 which I thought was fantastic! It’s solid oak and in great condition. It was pretty to start out with:

Furniture refinishing

I could tell it had once been stained, then black, then white. Now turquoise.

I didn’t have to change the hardware or anything and really I could have used it as it was. But where’s the fun in that?

So I painted it. I got one of these babies for my birthday so I decided to do a little sanding too to get rid of some of the previous layers of paint. And then I painted two layers. Pretty easy. I started Tuesday and finished Thursday.

If you want to try this project-refinishing a desk or other furniture-without sanding, I recommend getting Zinsser primer (you can get it at Walmart or a paint store). Paint a coat of that on and then paint. SO easy. (See how I did that on this dresser.)

That’s Benjamin Moore Baby Boy Blue paint on it.

Now, I need to decide what other colors to incorporate into my room and what to hang on the wall above it. Ideas? And, what color chair should I do to go with it?

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  1. says

    LOOOOVE it! Fabulous find! And I love brights. Any colors would work. My heart leans toward pink and turquoise together, but that may not be your (or Josh’s) style. :) You can do anything, really. I would mix up a ton of different colors all throughout the room. Anything bright. Yellow and turquoise and gray together is very hip right now. Have fun!

  2. says

    I LOVE IT! My husband would’ve reacted the same…I don’t understand the male mind haha. It looks great, that color is perfect with the pulls! I’m your newest follower!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  3. says

    I’ve been painting everything that stands still turquoise. I have found that tangerine, pink, red, and yellow (not at one time!) each work well with the color. You did a beautiful job.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  4. says

    Wow! That looks like a lot of work. Fabulous job on the painting. I love it. And I am sure when it all comes together hub will see it your way. They always do. But for some reason they just don’t visualize things the same way we paint crazy girls do.

  5. says

    Okay, I adore the color and adore, adore the lines! Such a beautiful piece! I totally know that husband response…you are waiting for the response that your mom or sister would give, “that’s awesome!” but instead you get a, “ah, yeah…” Ha ha.

    Love it!

  6. says

    The color is amazing! And what a steal. I’m painting a DIY desk a bright blue. I stood in the paint store and debated between the blue and a color similar to yours for ever!

    I stumbled upon your blog because of your car seat recover tutorial. I’m so glad I did! I’m a new follower!

  7. Tammy says

    I love the desk! Has kinda vintage look and a beautiful color. I love bright colors and vintage things! You got a great deal on the desk.

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