Monday, January 18, 2010

Giving a Desk New Life


I love before and after shots. Even more, I love a good deal. We picked this up at a surplus auction for $20.53 -- I still get shaky hands when the bid closing approaches hoping no one will outbid me. With it being all wood, we knew it had good "bones" to refinish.
So, with a little elbow grease, Kilz primer, Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle Paint and knobs from Lowe's, we spruced up this desk for Laken's big Christmas present. Another big task for the princess of the house (as you remember last year Santa "made" her a soccer goal).
It was all worth it. She loves it.
As I worked on this desk, I wondered what this desk could tell us. It was a teacher's desk from Alpine School District. How many hours were spent grading, reading, etc. on this? I like pieces with history. Now Laken can make her own history on this dill pickle desk.

10 comments:

The Jacklins said...

Looks very cute! Love the color!

deerhollow said...

Another great piece, Lisa! I bet she loves it. It looks beautiful.

Lloyd said...

What a beautiful job you did on it!! Laken can be proud to own this prize piece.

Steph said...

Don't you love auctions? They can be addicting. That is a great desk. I love that color too.

Desiree said...

What a difference!!! I love the new look.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

yes!! i love that you got rid of those clunky door pulls and added new hardware - it really updates the piece, alongside the new fabulous green color :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

that is so cute! I love the color. great job!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love the color you painted! I've got a Power of Paint Party on Wednesdays.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks so cute in the green. What a great piece and a perfect color for it. I also get nervous when I'm bidding on something at an auction, especially if I really want it.

Shari said...

It looks great! Love the color choice!