Do you like it? I love it!
I painted it a pale turquoise. I let that dry, then painted that over with gray. When that dried, I lightly sanded the corners so the blue could peep through. After I wiped the dust particles off, my dad put a finishing coat on the desk.
One of my favorite parts of this desk are the drawers. Except for a pull-out keyboard tray that I used to store my laptop, my old desk no drawers and the top was permanently cluttered.
I also have a surprise reveal! About a week ago, I bought a chest of drawers at a thrift store to reduce clutter in my room. I used to permanently have bags and bags of fabric, ribbons, paint and other arts and crafts supplies in my room with no place to put them because of lack of storage.
I cleaned out the desk (it had cobwebs in it- ick!), painted the last drawer, splashed on some turquoise wherever I thought it was missing, and I bought and installed new knobs. I love its boho vibe. My favorite part of this chest of drawers is its sponged gold-painted design on top. Although it’s made of handsome wood and has lovely detailing, it was being sold for $45 because it was missing knobs, paint, a leg thingy (pfft! like I care!), and was dirty. I’ve seen dressers of inferior wood quality and lesser durability being sold for three times as much. However, that didn’t stop me from bargaining it down to $40 (I tried for less, but the shop owner would not budge). Gotta got corners where you can, and I knew I’d be buying knobs.
I’ve become better at bargaining. I think it’s because I’ve grown more assertive as I’ve matured. In my teenage years, I was so concerned with what people “would think.” I didn’t want people to think I was “cheap.” Now, I don’t care what people think. If you can pay $15 for something that was originally $30, why wouldn’t you exercise the power of bargaining? Some people may call it being cheap, I call it being financially savvy. There’s obviously times when you need to use your discretion. For example, the ring I bought at Coney Island was $7 and I paid $7 because it was new and handmade. Trying to bargain it down by criticizing the designer’s handiwork would have been tacky and rude.
I’m not sure what my next move craft-wise will be. I’d like to display the beautiful artwork my students made for me when I finished teaching. Perhaps in a lovely scrapbox or in a book. Or I may very well dust off the old sewing matching and make myself a skirt.
If any of you are thinking of doing a project like I did above – refurbishing wood furniture – please be sure to invest in safety gear: goggles and a face mask for sanding. When you’re scratching particles off of old wood, you really don’t want to breathe in that dust. It’s also a good idea to have a box fan continuously on to circulate the air while painting and have the windows open and/or do it outside or in a garage.
So what do you guys think of the transformations? Any makeovers that you’ve done recently?