Sep 3, 2011

A furniture makeover!!

 I have been in search of a desk for some time now.  
I did not want just any desk;
 I wanted one that I (and when I say I what I really mean is my Dad) could refinish.  
I had seen one at a local furniture consignment shop and drooled over it, but the price was just a little higher than what I wanted to pay and the owner insisted that they would never go any lower since it was an antique piece and worth much more than the sticker price.  
I went into this store several times over the past three months and the desk was always there and then one day I noticed it had been reduced and that on top of that all furniture was 20% off!!  The owner told me that obviously this desk was meant for me!  

And so - I was sold on it. :)

The first thing we did was remove the hardware and spray paint it nickel-colored.

The drawers were painted black...

My dad stripped and refinished the top of the desk:

 In order to not take away from the intricate details we taped it off and painted the rest of the desk black.

It took a couple of coats before it was just right...

My dad did an amazing job;
he is awesome! :)


And this is what I parted with::

I have had this desk since 6th grade; it was a bittersweet moment...

But, then when I walked back inside and saw this beaut;

I couldn't help but smile! :)

The Lettered Cottage
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  1. Looks just like you!!! :)

  2. i love it. . and i am just a tad bit jealous!! ;)

  3. That turned out really nice!

    (for some reason blogger won't let me post a comment under my google account)

  4. Be still my absolutely GORGEOUS!! What a great find, and a BEAUTIFUL re-do!

    Deborah (happily visiting from you can drop by too...)

  5. You (and your dad :) did such an awesome job! It looks really really good!!! I'm thinking about maybe doing that with a desk next summer for school. If I can find one, that is. :) Super job!


  6. Love love love this!!! You both did a wonderful job. So impressed :)



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