Monday, December 5, 2011

Secretary Desk is Done

Do you remember the Mid Century Modern desk I purchased in September? If not here's a quick reminder, I found the desk one night while trolling Craigslist looking for a Secretary desk to help De-clutter our living room. I paid $ 80 bucks, they were asking $ 90 bucks. The desk is worth every penny and then some. The previous owner, had the the secretary desk for over 40 years and only parted with the desk when his wife wanted him to De-clutter { oh the irony}. We talked about staining the desk a dark walnut or painting the desk a shade of griege. Here's a reminder of how our desk looked before its makeover.




Before I even completed the makeover, I loved how the desk looked in our living room. Its such a great piece and so well made { solid wood } 




I decided to paint the secretary desk by Cobblestone Martha Stewart. It's the perfect shade of griege. 






The original stain was worn thin and flaky on the top of the desk, so I used my power sander on the entire desk to removed the old varnish. Its the same basic power sander I used on my sons desk, compact but works good. After sanding the entire desk, I applied three coats of Zisner primer with a sponge roller. I allowed each coat to dry 6 hours before reapplying the next coat. 


I really liked using the Martha Stewart paint, but its very very thin, I ended up applying 4 coats of paint! This time I waited 24 hours before applying the next coat, I wanted to allow each layer of paint to fully cure before applying the next coat. I used a sponge roller to apply the paint and then went back over the the paint with a brush. I use Purdy brushes for a nice smooth finish. I decided to keep the original pulls, but wanted to change up the look of the first drawer. Originally the first drawer had six tiny knobs, I replaced those with four knobs I bought at HD Supply for only $1.67 each. The drawer now has four knobs, I used wood filler on two of the holes and the faux notch drawer. I felt six knobs looked too busy on the drawer and desk, I'm glad I went with my gut and changed it up. I spray painted all the pulls oil rubbed bronze. I had a left over can from spray painting Avery's ottoman. I really like how the oil rubbed bronze gives off a nice metallic shiny finish. I bought a little can of Valspar black gloss to paint the feet on the Secretary desk. Here's our secretary desk. It turned out so nice! 






It took awhile to complete the Secretary desk, but it was so worth it. I'm in love with how it looks in our living room, its such a great multi-functional piece. We plan on using the top piece that pulls down to store our office stuff, one side will be Hasani's and the other mine. The first drawer will be for more office stuff: chargers, paper, misc items. The bottom two drawers are nice and deep perfect for movies and board games. 


What do you think our my Mid Century Modern Secretary desk redone? 


Have you painted any Craigslist finds recently? 
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18 comments:

  1. LOVELY! Absolutely beautiful - I really love the knobs and pulls painted bronze. The piece looks great in the spot you selected. Glad to see the finished product, quality takes time.

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  2. Looks good! I painted our dining table turquoise a while back. It's amazing what a can of paint can do!

    Charmaine

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  3. Summer said it best, "quality takes time". You did such a beautiful job! I love the shade of gray you chose! The dark handles are perfect!

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  4. Thanks!! I'm so glad its done and we can now use it! :)I'm also glad I went with darker pulls.

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  5. What a great piece. It looks nicely done!

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  6. It turned out great Katrina! I love that you changed it from 6 to 4 handles too. What a great piece of furniture to have!

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  7. I love it! That desk looks right at home in your place. :)

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  8. I love the darker pulls; they really compliment the color of the secretary desk.

    ~Mrs.Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  9. this is a great find and re-do!! gorgeous!

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  10. Wow, what a great makeover! You did a really nice job with the paint.

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  11. That desk is gorgeous! I love the lines. What a great size and so much storage space. You got that for a steal. =)

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  12. I love this! Great job, and I especially love the color that you chose.

    Myers Maison

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  13. I love it! The color really makes it look so modern and fresh. Great work!

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  14. What a good looking piece. I'd love to find something similar for our great room-great place to stash things. I can't believe the price on your piece, well done girl!

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  15. It's perfect! The wood was nice too, but I love how this shows off the amazing lines of the piece.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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