Monday, March 21, 2011

My Freebie Desk Before and After

I don't like talking on the phone much.  But when a friend calls and starts out with something like this "Hey Kammy, just thought I'd check to see if you wanted _________ before I donated it to Goodwill", I'm all ears!  I'm shoutin' "SURE" before I know what it is!  This time it was this desk.  A FREE desk?  Oh yeah!  After sittin' in my barn for a year, I finally got inspired to paint it last week when it was so beautiful outside and put the finishing touches on it Saturday.

I'm getting good use of this stencil I bought!!  But it is a little time consuming since it only does one little design at a time!  I used Wil Bond on this before painting since desks get lots of wear and tear and I didn't want it to easily scratch.  Also I spray painted a few coats of black glossy paint on the pulls.  I might just have to actually keep this one for myself!  We'll see....  Thanks for the awesome desk, Martha! :)
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25 comments:

  1. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. THANKS LAURA!!!!! I hear your enthusiasm! :)

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  3. Oh my, I'm TOTALLY in LOVE!!!! I really like the black and white contrast. I would never have thought to redo it that way.

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  4. WOW Kammy that looks really awsome. I have seen this desk for years and it look 10 times better. And yes I prob would never have looked before but since it was in my house before!! It looks good.

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  5. Wow! Such a beautiful desk. You did a fantastic job with it. Love the design and the color, Well done.

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  6. I have been checking out a few of your article stories and I must say pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog. Thank you very much.

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  7. I just book marked your blog on Digg and StumbleUpon.I enjoy reading your posting. thank you very much.

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  8. I wish this was in my house! I totally am in LOVE with this!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    ~Jessica
    inspirationthief.blogspot.com

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  9. This is an incredible transformation!! I am going to have to try this soon :o)

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  10. What an amazing transformation. How lucky are you for this freebie. I've been on a hunt for a desk and no luck so far. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

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  11. This is a beautiful makeover! Love your stenciling!

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  12. Thanks this made for very intresting reading. I really love your site, the theme is very cool. I have came here a number of times but never left a commented, just wanted to let you know… Keep up the good work!

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  13. I've been reading through your blog for several hours now and just realized I haven't left a single comment! I've just been devouring all of your before and after pics! Soooo... I thought I should go back and at least comment on my favorite project you've done. This desk really stands out to me. It's PERFECT! I can't believe how amazing it looks now! GOOD job! I'm loving all of your projects!

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  14. Thank you so much, everyone!!! I very much appreciate every single comment!! :)

    Christie, several HOURS?!!! Wow girl, I hope I haven't damaged your brain! haha!

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  15. Great job! Love the stencil detail you did! What a fabulous free find!!

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  16. hey kam! gotta say, this desk might be one of my favorites out of all your projects! love how it turned out!!!

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  17. ps - you should sell it back to martha lol :) but if i were you, i might keep this for myself.

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  18. Love the desk, stencil and BLOG! You are very talented :)

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  19. Best job on this. I did not expect furniture on a Wednesday. This is the great story!

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  20. I LOVE THIS! I found a yellow desk (exact shape as yours) in a parking lot. Brought it home and it played hostess to my sewing machine for a year. Last week it became a beauty in stainless steel paint. We buffed silver onto the original hardware and now the entire thing shines. Yep, the daughter adopted it as her official vanity. Yours is beautiful!

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  21. That exact desk lives at my house. Now if I can just convince my hubby that I need to paint it. hmmmmm

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  22. This looks great! I stumbled upon your blog from another blog you had posted on. Have you or anyone you know had any experience painting a laminate roll top desk? I have one I got off of craigslist and love the storage but it really could use an update. Thanks!

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  23. I would use lots of Wil Bond or something similiar (liquid sandapaper) and paint away! Allow lots of dry time between coats and then use a polyurethane to finish it for protection. Allow it to cure a long time (a few weeks - the longer the better) before actually using it!

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  24. Your stenciling is fantastic! And I love the black and white combo. I would keep it too!!! Great job!

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