Sunday, September 30, 2012

Secretary Desk/Dresser Redo

I mentioned in my last post that I have been working on another furniture redo.  Well, here she is...

She was in sad shape when Mom and I picked her up (yes, another Craigslist find).  There were huge water stains on the top, randomly drilled holes, the inside was all scratched up, there was a large chunk missing in one area, and two corners were broken off of one of the drawers.  Oh, and she smelled!  I opened the drop down desk and the perfume just about knocked me out.  So here are the before pictures...

You can smell it can't you?

Even with all the dents, scratches, and smells I loved the look.  The curvy top, the awesome legs.

I really wanted to stain the top, but I was not sure I would be able to with all the water damage.  It took some serious sanding, but I was able to sand all the rings out.  I am embarrassed to admit it, but I was sore the next day.  Pathetic, I know.  I filled in all the holes and rebuilt the broken areas.

I cleaned the hardware with Brasso.  Amazing stuff! 

I stained the top, inside, and bottom a dark walnut and then painted everything else a midnight blue.  I really like the way she turned out.

Look!  No rings!

She is now for sale!

What do you think?

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  1. I like it! The dark blue looks classy with the dark wood. =)

  2. Nicely done! I also like the dark blue with the dark stain.

  3. I had to come by ( from Elizabeth & Co. ) because I'm working on something almost the same color!
    Beautiful job:)
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

    1. Thanks for coming by and following along! I look forward to seeing your completed project!

  4. I LOVE these kinds of projects. We have one of these that's been passed down in my family, but I don't think my parents would ever let me paint it!

    Found you at Elizabeth and Co.
    There's a party at my place, if you feel like linking up!

    1. I have a few pieces that have been passed down also and I am afraid to touch them! Luckily this one came from someone else who obviously did not care much about it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. yay! thanks for linking up!
      i can totally relate to not wanting to up cycle certain pieces...

  5. gorgeous Lauren!! beautiful work and love the color you chose!! visiting from Jed and Ivy :)

  6. That is such a cute desk! The drawers can maximise the space, making it more functional.

    1. Thanks! There were lots of storage options with the cubbies and drawers.