10 August 2010

how-to refinish an old desk

by Erica England of home is where your heart is

here are some easy steps to create a cute custom piece of furniture for your own home!

  1. hit up your local DI, goodwill, thrift store or garage sale.
  2. go with an open eye! don't be intimidated by it's first appearance.
  3. look for "good bones" - sturdy, no or few missing parts you can replace, size, etc...
  4. purchase it and don't look back! you can do it!!
  5. clean it off with clorox wipes or a wet paper towel.
  6. sand all surfaces if needed.
  7. pick a paint color. be daring!!
  8. depending on the wood & finish you might need to prime your project.
  9. paint 2-3 coats of your daring paint color, until you are satisfied with the color and let dry!!
  10. replace old hardware with new hardware.
  11. for an extra touch, decoupage pretty paper inside drawers or even outside too!
  12. welcome your new piece into your home!!

the how-to series was created to encourage confidence in the creativity and skills we each have to offer. i am excited to showcase your talents and unique ideas. if you have a specialty (and i know you do), please submit your how-to guest post by emailing me marta{at}martawrites{dot}com. i will be delighted to feature your how-to in the future.

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden 


al + sar said...

This is soo cute! I need some help in my creativity department! I am loving this How-To series Mart!

jen byard said...

Love this! Great color :)

Alicia Bockel said...

What a transformation! Awesome.

Laura said...

I just found your blog today- I LOOOVVVEEE it! I went through all your old posts and you are now on my homepage. Thank you Marta!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

What a fun project!

Kendra said...

That is the cutest desk i have ever seen! I love the inside of the drawer. The paper is so cute!

Travelin'Oma said...

I wish I'd kept all my old furniture! This is darling—the "before" looks like the desk I had growing up.

AmberLee said...

how completely beautiful. i love those lined drawers.

Season said...

That desk is adorable!

HereBeDragons said...

Great job on this. It's a good inspiration for my own project.

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