Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A New Desk

We've spent months looking around for the perfect desk for our oldest son's room.  We really wanted to find just the right one without having to spend a lot of money and since hubby is always going to storage auctions, we figured that was the best place to keep our eyes open for one.

We finally hit the jackpot but it took me awhile to finally decide that it was indeed the jackpot.  This is what he brought home.

Neither one of us were a fan of the way it looked but it was solid wood and heavy.  Plus, I liked the modern lines and knew I could do something with it.  I just wasn't sure what, yet.

I went through a bunch of ideas in my head and kept going back and forth on painting it or not painting it until I finally decided to completely sand it down to the raw wood.  I really had my heart set on a wood desk for his room and I knew the wood could be really pretty if I gave it a makeover.

I hate using stripper so I tried to sand the orangey varnish off the top first.  Surprisingly, it was fairly easy to sand completely down.

At this point, my plan was to paint the base and only stain the top, but after staining the top with Minwax Dark Walnut, I loved it so much I decided to sand down the entire desk.  I also removed the drawer pulls and spray painted those with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

Also hiding in storage was a vintage school desk chair that needed a bit of repair and some new castors to look as good as new.  I thought it would go perfectly with the desk.  Here it is in the room.

I can't believe how perfectly the desk and chair go together and I didn't even plan that.  :)  And I love the color of the desk so much better now.

Our son loves to pin things on the wall that mean a lot to him so I decided to make him a pin board with an old painting canvas that I simply covered in a coffee sack.  I used bronze upholstery tacks for the "pins".  The pins stick into the painted canvas perfectly.

I still have a couple more things to do on the opposite side of the room before I show the full reveal.  And by the way, I was having a terrible time with taking photos that day because it was raining and dreary outside and I'm still learning the manual settings on my camera.

If you'd like to see the other projects in this room click here, here and here.

I have had so much fun putting this room together for him and I know he is loving it which makes me so happy.  I've also been working on our other boys rooms, as well, and will have some fun things to show you soon on that.

On another note, I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving next week.  I'd love to know what you have on the menu.....I need some ideas!  :)  On Thanksgiving evening we always put up our Christmas tree and so I'm really looking forward to pulling out the Christmas decor, watching a Christmas movie and being with my family.  :)

Have a great day!


  1. Gosh, that just looks superb! I especially love how the chair and desk go together so well. Nice job!

  2. I love that you took the desk down to the natural wood. With seeing everything painted these days I miss the wood look. The table turned out great and does look it was meant to go with the chair. great job

  3. I love what you did with that desk... A few things in our new home could use a touch like that. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Southern Hospitality

  4. The desk looks great in the new richer colour and how awesome that you had the chair too. A great room, masculine and vintage.

  5. It looks realy nice. Right chois. Good work

  6. It is a great idea!!!! It looks so nice.

  7. Wow! What a great job, suites the room perfectly!

    Hattie, @peppermintplace


  8. I love the Minwax walnut stain. I just used it for a shelf project (inspired by your kitchen shelves) in my office.

  9. You are a sheer genius! I love your before and afters x

  10. Nice work! And ditto on Thanksgiving and Christmas decor next week!!!! I'm super excited too!

  11. I thought you were ruining the desk as it looked fine, but wow does it look great in the after photos! Love it with the chair. What a great boys room. :-)

  12. The wood is beautiful~ Still love the look of wood, over all of the painted pieces.

  13. That turned out fabulously! What a great find...it looks wonderful! I thought of you the other night! I was at the Funky Junk show and found a blanket (navy) just like the one on your son's bed. I was pretty excited!
    Love all your ideas!

    1. Thank you, Holly! Glad you found the blanket! :)

  14. The desk looks fabulous with the chair! Don't you love it when a plan comes together? I love everything you have done in the room right down to the bedding.

    Enjoy shooting in manual. Practice practice practice. I did the same this past year and it blows me away the pictures I can now take inside without the flash. With your aperture open wide enough to let light in and the shutter speed on the right number you will be amazed at all the light that comes when you see your picture.

  15. How perfect for your son. Love the natural wood color. Only you, Diana would have the perfect light to sit on top of the desk. :)
    I really need you here to help me hunt for a wood highchair. We have little ones in our home quite frequently...and I just can not settle for plastic. I'm looking for a major bargain!!!
    Congratulations on your article!!! I am so proud of you. What an amazing contributor you are!! :)
    On the menu for Thanksgiving:
    Cranberry Orange sippers, dinner rolls, broccoli salad, veggie plates, turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, butter nut noodles, Jezebel sauce, vegan green bean casserole, mini pecan pies, pumkin pie, and apple crisp.
    Now I am curious as to what you are having!!!
    Let the festivities begin. :)
    Love to you, little miss creativity. Xo

  16. Love the new color of the desk! Great job. And a bulletin board...great job...

  17. Your son is so lucky! The desk and chair go perfectly! Great job...

  18. Such a happy accident that the chair matched the desk so perfectly. I just love it when things fall together like that.

  19. I especially love how the chair and desk go together so well.both chair and desk are very good you behave them like your child good job and your son is lucky.

  20. I love the color you painted the exterior of your house, do you know what color it is?


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