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Friday, February 24, 2012

Vintage Desk Re-Do, and Friday's Flowers.

Another absolutely gorgeous day here, while the hubs makes his way back today from snowy Chicago. Being a mid-western girl, I have been known to complain about the lack of seasons (I know, the gaul!) in southern California, but not in Feb and March when the midwest is still cold and snowy!

Since the weather has been so nice here the last few days I drug the little old desk down from my son's room for it's long over due spruce up!

Here it is before...
 Hideous green. Especially against my son's bright green walls. Ugh!
It was cracked and peeling on top, so I thought I would give it a quick sand, then shoot it with some spray paint.
Unfortunately...all the layers of paint started to come off, not just the top color.
WHAT A MESS!!!
 GRRRR!
So I stripped the whole top before painting it.
I used Rustoleum Espresso in Satin. It goes on like a dream. (I am not being compensated in any way for this, but would welcome it, if the good people at Rustoleum were so inclined!) ;-)
I did two coats, and let it dry overnight before putting on the hardware.
It was almost sunset when I finished.
One drawer had a little bubbling when I looked at it this morning, so I sanded it lightly and re-shot it with the spray paint. I added the new brushed nickel bin pulls while the paint dried. Luckily, the new hardware lined up with the holes from the original hardware. No need to patch, putty, or re-drill! :-)
 I love how it turned out!

 I hauled it back up the stairs by myself. I'm crazy like that. Didn't want to wait until the hubs got home tonight.
 I think it looks pretty cute in his room. Although...I am thinking of painting his room a different color. These were the colors of his nursery, and we had the same Pottery Barn airplane bedding but in the crib size. My mom bought the twin size bedding as a gift at the same time so I would not have to make a big change when he transitioned to a big boy bed.
 I like the blue, and the chocolate brown stripe, but the green just kinda bugs me now, and it never ever reads right in photos. We will see what I wind up with in there.
But for now, he's got a cute new desk in his room, that I found at a garage sale for $40. Can't beat that!
I think he's going to love it!

Here are the Friday's Flowers...ok, so they are succulents. I picked them up at Home Depot when I bought the spray paint. I like to put them in my vintage ironstone, and old creamers around the house.






That's it for today!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
xo
-Lisa
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20 comments:

  1. What a transformation! The desk looks amazing. Your little boy's room is so cute. I like the color scheme. It looks good from here :)
    Love the flowers - Its been stormy here today but we need the rain! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. I love how it turned out! It looks so professional and I love that airplane picture on the wall! Thanks for the inspiration and have an incredible weekend.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  3. The desk looks fantastic! I love the expresso color and have used it several times.

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  4. Thanks Ladies! I am so happy with the way it turned out. The power of spray paint continues amaze me! So much easier than brushing on paint! Plus, it gave it a more modern feel, which is what I was looking for in the little guy's room.
    Hope you all have a great weekend too!
    xo-Lisa

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  5. What a great transformation! You did a wonderful job on it.

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  6. The desk turned out really nice. I love the picture of your succulent with the light coming through the window.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures.

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    1. Thank you Audrey, for taking the time to look through my posts and leave your thoughtful comments! I hope to see you back often. I really enjoy your blog! :-)
      xo-Lisa

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  7. Hey there! I found your blog through Thistlewood Farm's comments & I love it!!! new follower here :)

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    1. Yay! Thank you for stopping by, and I'm so glad you found me a Thistlewood. She is my favorite blogger! Welcome! I hope to see you back here often! :-)
      xo-Lisa

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  8. This looks fantastic!! Great job! I am your newest follower!! Stop by sometime! -Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I stopped by your blog and left a comment. Following you also!
      xo-Lisa

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  9. Gorgeous job. I would never have guessed something so pretty would come from that gray desk.

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  10. Looks great! I'm on the lookout for a desk like this for my son. Found your from BNOTFP.

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  11. Thanks, Terrie! I know, they are not always easy to find, but I found this one at a garage sale. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you come back soon!
    xo-Lisa

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  12. That looks fantastic! Adorable room too! : )

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    1. Wow, Thank you! :-) I a planning to do a post on his room in the next week or so. I hope to see you back again soon! Thanks for stopping to comment! Puts a smile on my face!
      xo-Lisa

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  13. The desk turned out great. I will tell you, as a former San Fernando Valley girl, who lives in the midwest..... the only difference in painting furniture is that you do yours in your outside front entry this time of year, and I do mine inside the front entry! My space of choice when it's cold outside. (I don't know the rest of the family likes that I turn the entry way into a work shop though).

    ~Bliss~

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I love reading all of your thoughtful comments!