Sunday, August 26, 2012

Refinished: Childhood Desk


The Hobby Room is really steam rolling along! Yesterday I refinished the desk, which has been my desk since childhood. It's been in my family for generations, so it is a very special piece to me.

Happy little desk.
My mom refinished it for my childhood room - which was a playful white, pink and green. 

I don't plan the colors of my projects out in advance, I wait until I see what is available in the remnant paint section at the home improvement store before deciding which direction each piece will take. I found this amazing raspberry pink a few weeks ago and knew it was the perfect, modern pink for my desk. 

I began mentally designing the room as a modern-day homage to my childhood room - instead of light pink, green and white I would use raspberry, light mint and ivory. Classy and sophisticated with a dash of vibrance. 

I started by taking off all the hardware and sanding down the desk. 

Naked desk!
Once I had the first layer of pink on I was thinking "Wow, this pink is pretty dark. I love it." I continued painting away and a few hours later it was all done and I stepped back....and realized my happy pink was red. 

RED desk.
Well, shoot. Happy accident? I'm still trying to be convinced. 

Thankfully, it turned out beautifully and the hardware I'd purchased for it still works. The room design has shifted from dreamy and vibrant to modern nautical. Here is the finished piece: 

Still red.
I love the feminine flower pulls I found at Hobby Lobby. They were 50% off this week! #Score They didn't have 8 of the flowers, so I mixed it up a bit and got similar sizes/shapes in different pulls. This helps the flowers stand out and gives the desk a punky edge. I am starting to love the whole thing.

Total cost for this renovation was $27.

Pretty flower pull - Hobby Lobby

I loved working on this project and although it didn't turn out as I planned, I am happy to have a fresh look to this timeless, classic piece that's been with me since childhood. 

As a final note - Bill was away all day yesterday and left me his car..but he was afraid I would make a mess and splatter paint on it....please compare the garage to the place he parked his car: 

Princess always helps - and that's a sneak peek
to the next project I'm going to feature :) 

Let me just say, I made a SLIGHT mess in the GRASS to the right of this photo, but nowhere NEAR the precious vehicle. 

I made the mess, but did not step in it. Princess stepped in it, but tracked pink paint around the grass and that's all. Bill got home, trekked through the mess (without realizing it) and then walked all the way through the house, with red paint all over the bottom of his sandal. We have ivory carpet. 

Yes, I was thrilled. 

Did you know baking soda and vinegar gets red paint out of ivory carpet? 


  1. I love how you completely changed the look of the desk. The knobs are my favorite part and I am always shocked by how many different uses of vinegar and baking soda there are! Have a happy Sunday and be sure to check out my giveaway ending tomorrow (yummy prizes)!.

    1. Thanks so much! I just entered - Yummy is right!! Hope you had a great Sunday :)

  2. LOL I believe that was karma getting Bill back for thinking you were going to make a mess! HAHA! I love how the desk turned out! Even though it wasn't raspberry pink but lipstick red I think it gives an awesome POP of color! The pull knobs give it a chic feel to! GOOD JOB JESS! I finished my dress yesterday to! I'm working on the blog for it next.

    1. Definitely Karma ;-) Thank you!!! LOVE your dresser!!

  3. LOVE the desk! That's awesome that it's a special piece in your family, and yet you found a way to make it modern and fun. I love the flower pulls too. That would be a great tradition--repainting a piece of furniture every generation and passing it down the family line :)