When you find something that you adore for FREE on craigslist!!
Can you tell I’m excited? Just a lil bit…
I have been on the hunt for a desk to live in our
empty room with only an ironing board office for quite some time now.
We had an ugly, black, generic Target desk circa 1999. There was nothing wrong with it,
I hated it it was just kind of an eye sore. I had to do something about it.
I stalk craigslist.
Sometimes I hunt for something particular, but usually I just browse through the free category, then the furniture, then household just to see if anything piques my interest.
Sometimes it’s a fireplace mantle (I already mentioned the fact that we don’t have a fireplace in this post), sometimes it’s a picture for the wall, but usually, I don’t act on it. My husband (who thankfully is always logical ) usually talks me out of it.
Well, yesterday, I did act on it. And I couldn’t be any more excited!!!
I found a free desk that had an interesting shape. I thought I could turn it into something unique. I was looking for a desk with an anitiqu-ish shape since we moved here 7 months ago. I love the idea of putting a modern twist on something old.
Money is pretty tight, so buying a new one wasn’t in the cards especially since we had the ugly black one. It wasn’t a necessity.
I bothered my cousin to give me a ride with his truck to get it. He actually ended up taking the old Tar-Jay desk home to live at his house.
This is what she looks like.
Structurally, it is a solid desk. We needed a desk with drawers. Plus, I absolutely love the swooping lines of the legs. Cosmetically, though she was in need of some TLC.
At first, I wanted to change the hardware, but after a few hours, they started to grow on me. I may keep them the way they are with the worn brass with the worn cream I will be painting them with brushed nickel spray paint (I bought it just in case).
I was thinking about painting her white, but then it might feel too cottage-y. It just wasn’t what I was going for. I want a standout piece that makes the room. I think that every room in a house needs to have one “Wow” piece. I purchased the paint in the color she is going to end up. I am suuuuuper excited! I can’t wait to reveal it next week!
I’ve never painted furniture before (except for that time when I covered my desk in nail polish “art” when I was 12).
The next post will be my trial and error with this project. It will either be a “What Not To Do” or a sweet tutorial, LOL! Stay tuned for that…
I researched a few furniture painting tutorials, but I didn’t want to use a paintbrush and thick latex paint. I thought it would get blobby in the little nooks & crannies. So, I ‘ve I decided to do something that would make my father very proud. I am going to spray paint it.
Have you ever painted furniture and loved the result? Absolutely hate painted furniture? Tell me about it!