Well, I made a promise to myself. This year I’m going to clean up my inventory and start painting furniture that’s been stored for years. This old desk makeover is a good start. This desk was curb-shopped many moons ago and has been a solid workhorse ever since. I’ve been using it in my sanding-room for storage. We’ve all seen these dated desks at yard sales and thrift stores so it’s a perfect opportunity to share 5 Ideas to Update Old Desks!
Last week I was so impressed with the Up In Smoke Restyle, I wanted to try it again. So happy I did! Check out this before and after….
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5 Ideas To Update Old Desks::
Idea #1:: Update Stain
So many of these old desks have gorgeous wood under that orange stain. By stripping the wood and updating the stain color, it can make a huge difference. Just look at this weathered gray stain on this wood top and drawers! What do you think? 🙂
Idea #2:: Update Paint
Updated paint color can do wonders to hide old ugly stain. I once had a client bring me an older desk and chair that we painted a modern gray with a darker glaze. You can see the end result and the difference color can make here! For today’s makeover, I used Hurricane Gray which compliments Up In Smoke perfectly!
Idea #3:: Furniture Transfers | Decoupage
Another way I’ve added interest and updated old desks is to add furniture transfers or any type of decoupage with fabric, wallpaper or napkins. For example, on this French Country Bird Desk, I used a decorative napkin to add a fresh ‘french country’ feel.
Idea #4:: Stencils and Appliques
I haven’t used a stencil or applique on a desk makeover yet, but you can see a few other pieces I’ve used them on here, here and here. It would be really easy to do embellish a plain desk in the same way.
Idea #5:: New Hardware
New hardware doesn’t have to be new! The hardware for this desk makeover was salvaged from another piece of furniture. I keep all my handles and knobs because what may look dated on one piece could look amazing on another. If you don’t have any old hardware floating around, buying new knobs, handles or pulls is a great investment. It can make ALL the difference in updating an old desk. Check out these black beauties!
Tip: If using different sized hardware (from the original) and you’ve stained the drawers, the new hardware should hide the old [filled] hardware holes.
If I had painted the drawers, I probably would have used two knobs on the top center drawer of this piece. Instead, I used a matching handle to hide the Bondo filled holes. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a filler that stains properly. If any of you know of one, pleeease fill me in…. pun intended. 😉
Oh, and before I forget, I DID upload the video I was working on last week. It’s a super short clip on How I Stained With Waterbased Gel Stain — the exact same technique I used on this desk. 🙂
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS DESK MAKEOVER. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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