THIS DATED 90’S DESK GETS A BRAND NEW LOOK USING A LIVELY PLUM CRAZY PAINT COLOR
Hi, creative #sifamily! I’ve done my fair share of desk makeovers over the years. And with every before and after, I’m always AMAZED at how color can revamp an old desk and bring it new life. Today I have this 1990’s desk and here’s how ONE paint color totally transformed and updated this piece!
Here’s the before. I found this desk selling for $45 at a Restore. It had really good bones, but the finish and backboard were dating it – big time. I believe it’s from the 1990s but if you happen to know what year, I’d love to hear down in the comments.
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1990s Writing Desk – SALVAGED
Dewalt Orbital Sander
Cordless Bosch Edge Router
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
B-I-N Shellac Base Primer
Plum Crazy Chalk Mineral Paint
Satin Clear Coat
1990s PAINTED DESK MAKEOVER
Personally, I love backboards on vintage furniture. But not so much when it’s a dated piece that I’m trying to look more sleek and modern. So along with changing the color, I removed the backboard and filled it in with my own.
Here’s how it all came together…
REMOVE BACKBOARD & KNOBS
Furniture backboards are easily removed by unscrewing them from the back. I also unscrewed the old white knobs.
I tried cutting the old backboard down to the size I wanted but that didn’t work out for me. I made a mess…lol. Luckily I found this piece of wood that fits into the existing gap perfectly.
Pro Tip ~ Keep your old wood scraps. They will always come in handy for future projects!
Using my circular chop saw, I cut the piece of wood to fit the length of the writing desk.
ROUTER EDGES (OPTIONAL)
To soften the edges on this scrap piece of wood, I routered the edges using my NEW Bosch Cordless Palm Router. Omgosh, I LOVE this tool. It’s small enough to fit comfortably in my hands and light enough to maneuver easily. I also like that it has a large resting ‘shelf’ that sits on the wood so I don’t have to balance it like other routers I’ve used. This little tool is a game-changer for me!
SAND AND PRIME
Once I finished the backplate, I gave this desk an overall scuff sanding with a 120 grit and primed with BIN Shellac Based Primer.
PAINTING THE DESK
To give this desk a fresh new look, I decided on this Plum Crazy because it’s a crazzzzy good color! It’s the deepest shade of pink with purple undertones that’s versatile enough to hold its own in a sophisticated setting — yet fun enough to be in a kid’s room!
I applied two coats and used my Slap-It-On-Technique to paint these spindles. If you ever have a circular spindle to paint, I have a full Youtube Tutorial on How To Paint Spindles WITHOUT Brushmarks here. Works perfectly and easily every time!
I haven’t spray-coated this desk yet but I will be top coating and protecting it with this Satin Clear Coat.
Lately, I’ve been bulk-batching my furniture makeovers. I wait until I have 3-4 pieces and then topcoat them all at the same time. If you’d like to learn more about my Bulk Batching Tasks, let me know in the comments. I’d be happy to write a post on my process and furniture routines.
Here’s another look at this 90’s desk before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some fresh ideas for your projects.
THANKS FOR JOINING ME TODAY! LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS WRITING DESK NOW. OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!