project: a refinished desk

When I started on decorating my office, I knew that I wanted it to be bring, happy and cheery.
I wanted a fresh palette of bright whites, crisp grays and pops of color.
I haven't done a lot yet, but Ryan and I bought a bowed-out, old, antique desk a few weeks ago,
and I finally put the final touches on the refinished look yesterday.

When we bought it, the top was severely bowed from use,
the hardware was chipped and cracked from not withstanding the test of time well,
and there were numerous nicks and scratches.
To be honest, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to turn it into something better,
but I'm pretty darn happy with how it turned out! 

We did a very fine once-over with the hand-held sander first, with the finest grit we could use.
We didn't want to destroy the wood, as it was already fairly fine and old.
After that, I did 3 thin but generous layers of Zinnser Bulls-Eye Primer (similar) over every surface.
For the desk, I'd originally thought about using a stark white color,
but in the end, I decided to go with a softer gray from Valspar, Urban Sunrise.

Ryan actually thought the color would look bland, but he ended up loving it, too.
The hardware was from Hobby Lobby, and I have to say that I was unsure how it would look on the desk,
but I love the clean, modern line it adds to the overall look.

This was a really fun project, and it's something I'm definitely going to do more of.
If you can get away without sanding, do.
Generally, if the wood is good quality, a primer will save your butt and make it unnecessary to sand.
Either way though, I'm pretty darn happy to take the next step in decorating my office now!


  1. It looks super pretty! I like the gray

    1. Thank you! I was pretty happy with how clean and pretty it looks now!

  2. i need to be more open to sprucing up older items instead of going out and buying cheap new things!

  3. Wow it looks so good! Thanks for guide, I have an itch to do a furniture remodel so this will help!

  4. That looks awesome! I can't wait till our next move so I can hopefully get my own office.

  5. It came out awesome. Sometimes the best is fixing up older items. Good find.

  6. Wow what a transformation! I absolutely love it!

    Rica x0x
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  7. wait it looks so good you rock!

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  9. It's so bright and feminine. I like it!