Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New-ish Desk!

Hi friends!

Well, we had a wonderful Hubs Fest this past weekend! We celebrated his birthday for an entire week. We went out to eat SEVERAL times (I need to eat nothing but lettuce for the next month) and we even went to the Air Show on Saturday. We saw several different "acts," but of course our favorites were the Blue Angels and the Canadian version, the Snow Birds. We even saw a rocket car race an airplane! Definitely never thought I would see that. Needless to say, we had an amazing weekend.

On Sunday I started working on the little desk for the office. I worked on this little beauty for FIVE hours. Here she is Before:

I sanded her first, then painted four coats of white paint. I had originally thought I wanted a solid white desk, but it looked SO BRIGHT WHITE. So, I decided to antique it.

I applied stain with a foam brush, then immediately rubbed it off with a rag. It left just the right amount of color behind.

Once it was all wiped down and finished - it looked like THIS:

After hours of applying, wiping, applying, wiping - I think I finally am happy with her... I have been known to start all over just when I think I am done. What do you think? I need your opinions, friends! It's always a work in progress.

Now, of course she won't be staying in this location - it will move down into the office when we finish the room.

Here's the best part:

Desk - FREE off of Freecycle

White Paint - FREE had on hand

Stain - FREE had on Hand

Handle and pulls - $25

Total: $25

But WAIT, we had a Home Dept Gift Card, so it was absolutely FREE!

Looking forward to hearing from you. As always, if you have a project you want to share - please send them to me at Hope you guys have a great rest of the week! Talk Soon, Friends!


Brandi Nell


Unknown said...

You are the Martha Stewart of rehabilitating furniture

Tru said...

I think it looks great. I've been thinking of doing something similar with a buffet and sofa table, but with a dark top. Both have damaged tops, so I think paint is the way to go.

Heather K said...

Whoa! I didn't know you do this too...I LOVE finding free furniture and fixing it up! My current project is working on a desk/table that I found to put my sewing machine on.

Brandi Nell said...

Thanks guys!

@Shaheen - you and Reine aren't too bad yourselves! I love seeing your projects!

@Tru - That sounds beautiful! I really was hoping to stain the top of THIS desk a dark color and then do the cream antique at the bottom. Unfortunately, this top was laminate :( I can't wait to see your buffet when you are done! Please let me know when its finished!

@Heather - I love rehabbing! In our office we will eventually have TWO desks, one for the computer, the other for Sewing/Crafting/etc!

Mrs. McCracken said...

I love love love it!!!! I need you to come and do that to my desk! I want to learn how to do the milk wash/ paint thing... one day...
Hope that K had a great b-day week!

KatieB. said...

Love it! So pretty!

Brandi Nell said...

Katie G (almost M) - Thanks! Let's try and do that together! I have been wanting to do a milk stain/wash too!

Katie B - Thanks, honey! Hope to see you soooon!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this looks incredible! I want to learn how to do this. I have several pieces of furniture (like our kitchen table!) that could really use a face lift but I have no clue where to start...

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

I absolutely love it! The staining looks awesome, well worth all the work! It's so much fun to see your home office transform little by little ;)

xo Linda

PS: I hope your shade is an the way now!

Brandi Nell said...

Thanks Linda and Becca! You girls are too sweet! I love my blog friends!

Danica G said...

Thats such a gorgeous piece you have! Love the finished product!!

Can't wait to snoop around your blog and see what other goodies you have:)

Sole Matters said...

will you do mine for me?! lol looks great!