I love garage sales and thrift shopping! Even when I do have a little extra cash, I still shop at these places instead of at the mall or anywhere else. Getting a bargain is sooo fun, and addicting! So a few weeks ago I went in to my local Goodwill to find a piece I needed for aprojectI was working on, when what do you know, I run into this old and very much in need of love yet full of potential gem:
I didn’t actually need a desk, until I found this one, then of course I ‘found’ a need for it. It’ll be my new work desk. My future blog posts will be more enhanced, enlightening, and entertaining, because they will be written on this desk. That’s what I told myself-and I bought every word of it. HA!
Here’s a quick tutorial on how this seen-better-days desk, got a makeover:
Outdoors with an orbital sander, and 60 grit sandpaper I sanded the top to remove all of the stains and water damage.
|Lots of cosmetic damage|
Using Zinsser Cover Stain, which I adore, I painted the legs and body of the desk, leaving the top bare.
I didn’t sand before hand because the cover stain is pretty good at gripping on to the stain without any necessary prep–this is why I loooove it!
Once the cover stain dried (about 10 minutes!), I did go over the whole thing with the sander to smooth it out completely. I used 150 grit and it took about 5 minutes since I wasn’t removing any stain or paint, just smoothing it out.
I bought a sample size of Behr paint in Bleached Linen (white) at Home Depot and with a foam brush I painted over the primer, and went over the desk top with Minwax Wood Finish stain in Dark Walnut.
With a sanding block, I distressed just the edges to give it a classic and worn feel. Lastly, I added a couple coats of polyurethane to the entire piece.
During the dry time, I painted the original brassy hardware with silver spray, which I already had (that’s the best kind!)
|Loving the wood grain showing!|
Super easy right?! A few hours, some paint, and a vision..that’s all you need to make something old and discarded, into something beautiful and timeless.
Here’s a sneak peek at where it will be living..right under the large Pottery Barn bulletin board I got at a garage sale for a whopping $3. Can’t wait to fix it up and accessorize this space!
What are you finding at thrift stores and garage sales these days?