I saw a lady in our neighborhood having a garage sale. She was just about to close up shop when I spotted a desk just like I have been looking for. It was in great condition and I asked her how much she wanted for it. “$5, she says.” FIVE BUCKS…wahoooooo! I was looking at similar desks on Craigslist for $20. I felt like I struck a goldmine. So I hauled this little baby into my KIA and drove home.
I started sanding it before I took a picture that is why the front drawer is missing the hardware. And then I thought, “WAIT my blogging buddies like a good before and after picture.” So I got a picture in.
AFTER INFARRANTLY CREATIVE GOT A HOLD OF IT
I have been obsessed with spray paint lately (one sofa table and two end tables as well as a secretary desk that I plan on tackling this week). It definitely is the easiest way to paint furniture. It is a little messy (I have to spray out my garage to get out all green apple dust particles that get everywhere). But well worth it.
Here’s a quick toot on what I did…
1. Take off all hardware and lightly sand with entire piece with 120 or 150 grit sandpaper. It is especially important to get all the shine off in order to get even coverage (I have learned the hard way if you don’t get the sheen off beforehand your paint job won’t look consistent and smooth).
2. Clean off all dust with a soapy wet rag. Then take a cotton cloth and wipe it dry. After it is completely dry start spraying according to manufacturer’s directions. I used American Accents Green Apple for this project.
3. You can re-spray until the piece has a nice even coverage. Now at this point you can put a top coat on it if you want. I only put a top coat on it if it is going to get a lot of use. In this case I didn’t.
4. I headed on over to Joann Fabric’s and picked up some Amy Butler printed paper. She has the coolest designs ever! I cut the paper to the size of the drawer fronts. With Mod Podge (matte finish) or any other decoupage medium I put glue on the drawer front and applied my piece of paper. Using a brayer I pressed the paper and any air bubbles out so you get a nice even finish. I also put a top coat of Modge Podge over the paper. Let dry.
5. I then sprayed a clear coat over the top of the drawers for extra sealant.
6. I got new drawer hardware and screwed those in place. Then I stood back and admired. Ooooh! Awwww! Ohhhhh!
Here is where I got my original inspiration. She used fabric for her drawer fronts. Totally awesome as well. I would have liked to get a desk with drawers on both sides but I couldn’t resist FIVE BUCKS!!!
Are you a scent kind of person? Do you wear perfume, love candles and fragrant warmers? Do you use scented plug-ins in your home? I remember being newly married and going over to one of my friend’s house who was further along in life and actually owned two cars and a house. Meanwhile my husband and I were living on love, one car and about 20K a year. Every time I entered her home it always smelled really good. At first I assumed it was a candle but I never saw one burning. One day while we were house sitting I figured out her secret – plug in air fresheners.