Grandma’s Desk Updated

We’ve had this old desk in the house for years. It belonged to my grandmother and has served it’s purpose for some time but for the last couple of years I’ve noticed how dated it looked. It needed to have an update to bring it into this decade.

I found a small bench on Craig’s list and updated it right away. You can spy it on the right there, but I can’t find any before pictures. It’s a bummer, because it was uuugly. And then the desk sat…mainly because I wondered if my mom would have a heart attack if I painted it. She’s a little sentimental and I wasn’t sure if she’d mind that I painted it.  Silly, but that’s the real reason. I finally decided to just go for it! I removed the desktop glass and old pictures under the glass, and then drug it down the stairs and into my paint shop onto the patio,   I forgot the take the picture when the knobs were still on. (oops) I began by cleaning it slightly and sanding gently. Then I primed the piece, using a white primer that I had on hand, I think it was a Valspar primer.   Then, I painted it, using…you guessed it…spray paint. I’ve started to love spray paint. I haven’t figured out which brand I like best. I like that the Valspar paint from Lowe’s pretty much sprays at all angles (even upside down) but I like the Rustoleum 2X also.  When I figure out for sure I’ll definitely let you know.

So here’s the finished product!

I absolutely love it, don’t you? Painting it really helped, and the Zebra print on the stool makes it a bit edgy.  Plus, it matches the faux blinds in this post.

The bench was easy to recover. The seat came off of the legs with a couple of screws and I just used the staple gun to attach the fabric.  Once it was pulled tight and stapled. I used the same white paint to paint the legs, it took 2 coats.

I used the original hardware but freshened it up using Rub n Buff, in Gold Leaf.  This was the first time  I used it and I can’t even tell you how easy it was.  Seriously the name say’s it all….it’s a was with fine metallic powders, and you literally just rub it on and buff it. The metallic powders give I a real metallic look. I know I’m saying love a whole bunch but ..I love, love, love the gold with the white. That shocked me, because I usually can’t stand gold.

I painted a night stand too (will be posting that soon). I’m gradually, finding the time to paint furniture but finally the room is coming along.

Linking up to:

Furniture Feature Fridays

The Girl Creative

The Dedicated HouseTDC Before and After
The DIY'ers />



Grandma’s Desk Updated — 3 Comments

  1. Pingback: I just had the best blogday ever! | the corner farmhouse

  2. I am so impressed with your style! I just nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you’d like to accept, you can see the rules at I really think the zebra fabric is adorable with your desk!

Tell Me What You Think.....