{Desk}–before & after



1st things 1st – WELCOME to all my new followers!!  The response from being on the NATE SHOW has been awesome!!  The whole thing still hasn’t sank in yet – I am getting calls from all around the U.S. inquiring about my furniture, and the emails – my inbox was full before, now its exploding and I am slowly trying to get back with all of you.  And i am working on getting a link from my segment posted here.

I have some changes on this blog coming – and hopefully soon, it will be much more user friendly.  If you are wondering why a lot of my pics say Sweet Pickins, that’s my other blog where I sell my furniture – and that will be one of the changes coming, 2 blogs arent easy!  I cant even keep up with one!!  Anyways – more to come on that later as well :)


K – on with the desk.  I found this desk on the side of the road – just sitting there all by itself, so sad looking.  I did what any good junk girl would do and shoved that thing in the car before anyone told me that it wasn’t free, I always think in my head “what if they are just preparing for a garage sale or something and I am out stealing their inventory!?!?”  oh well….

Before…good wood, nice and sturdy, but dated with that dark color and the hardware.


after….painted a gray color with a dark brown primer under, distressed, then glazed with a black stain.  hardware updated.  Huge difference.







The 411

Primer = Valspar primer tinted a dark brown

Paint = Gris by Sherwin Williams (#7659)

Clear Coat = Varathane in a high gloss

Hardware = Hobby Lobby



20 replies
  1. A Southern Rose
    A Southern Rose says:

    It looks great! I love saving a piece of furniture too. I would've done the same thing and picked it up. I do it all of the time. lol I've often wondered too about the garage sale thing.(I would be so embarrased)
    I watched the Nate show for the first time and it was the day you were on there! Congrats!
    I love all of your furiniture re-dos and your blog.

  2. JunkySouthernGurl2
    JunkySouthernGurl2 says:

    So excited for you and all your publicity!! The desk is awesome…you are inspiring me everyday to paint, refinish and look at what I already have with new eyes!! Thx so much and congrats.

    xoxo, Andi

  3. Aquilter
    Aquilter says:

    Wow! I just love this project and think it turned out great! I have a daughter-in-law that would just go crazy over the gray color :)

  4. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    So funny that you totally ripped this off the curb, that's awesome. Other people would look at that as junk but not us DIYers.. Love the end result, lovin the grey. Great job.

  5. M.L. @ The House of Whimsy
    M.L. @ The House of Whimsy says:

    OH…..I was in Manhattan on September 23, but not at the Nate Show. : (
    I watch him almost everyday, so I'm REALLY hoping you will put a link up to your segment!
    Mary Lou

  6. Alisha
    Alisha says:

    Just found your site…I totally love it! and I love this piece. It's so unfortunate that I don't live in Utah anymore! We are remodeling our house and you've given me all sorts of ideas for our furniture :) Thanks!


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