Tuesday, September 25, 2012

upcycled desk turned vanity

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as i’ve mentioned in previous posts, our house is super small. it’s a challenge to get all of our stuff in there in a way that doesn’t scream “we are hoarders” if someone stops by. we have three bedrooms, and obviously two of them are occupied by family members. our room doesn’t leave lots of space for dressers and such, so i use the spare bedroom for all of my things. as i’ve also mentioned, it’s the only room that isn’t filled with trucks, tractors and such as that. i’ve been working to make it my little girly haven. and every girl needs a vanity, right? i’ve never technically had one. as a kid, i used a stool in front of my dresser when i got ready. so this is a first for me. when leshia and i were obsessively going to casually stopping at yard sales this summer, we came across this old desk.


pretty rough, eh?  you will also notice some very deep grooves whittled in the top. i’m thinking maybe this belonged to a really bored teenager who spent lots of time in his/her room jamming out to some korn and mindlessly destroying my vanity. but hey, it all worked out. the kid made $10 (yes, this solid wood piece cost me a whopping $10), and i got a nice little weekend project.

i took the pulls off the drawers and leshia and i sanded it.  i used her palm sander on the top to get rid of some of those groves.  i didn't worry too much about the deepest ones.  i would've had to replace the top of the desk to get those out. 

once the sanding was done, we wiped down the desk and primed it with valspar spray primer.  you can get this at lowe's.  any primer will do, just make sure it's interior.  after it was primed, we gave it two coats of  valspar semi-gloss in white.  i spray painted the pulls with valspar rubbed bronze.  this is my go-to for spray painting metal.  love this color. 

that's all it took.  pretty easy process!  i didn't distress it because i wanted it to look "fresh."  the chair was my great-grandmothers.  i just painted it in sherwin williams oyster bar and tossed a throw pillow in the seat.

the crock that's holding my styling tools used to be cream and green.  i lightly sanded it and spray painted it with the same rubbed bronze. 

i don't think it's prossible for you to enjoy it quite as much as i do, but i hope you come close! :) 

*p.s.  ignore the date stamp on the pictures and the grubby little handprints on my vanity.  courtesy of the resident two year old. :)

and also...this is katie...signed in as leshia.  just to confuse you a little. :)

have a fabulous tuesday!

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  1. I just love how the desk turned out in the end ... the power of spray paint can't be beat!



  2. Your desk redo turned out great! Love the bronze hardware.

  3. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What an amazing transformation! I love how it turned out, it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing:)


  4. A lovely transformation! Thank you for sharing your project and creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  5. Great job on the desk. I have one of these desks in my basement just waiting for me to give it a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration. And thanks for following my blog!

  6. I love that vanity - I would have snagged that too for that price. Wow! Looks just cute as can be!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  7. Love this idea, we just looked at a house that has a pedistal sink in the master (soooo not going to work!) BUT it has room for a small piece of furniture, using a small scale desk like you did will work perfectly!

  8. This project is AWESOME! I found you on Creative Corner and glad I did. I'm following along on GFC and twitter and like you on facebook so I don't miss any of your amazing creations! I'd love for you to stop by and visit sometime. (I currently have 3 giveaways going on in celebration of my blogivesary!)

    Have a wonderful day!


  9. I could totally picture that teenager jamming out to Korn on 'your' vanity! Love this makeover! Great job!
    Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
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  10. pretty transformation...doesn't it make you smile to turn something around like this? gotta love paint!


  11. I love this!! I don't know why more women don't use vanities! I have so many memories of my grandma "putting" her hair up at the vanity. Great, great job! Thanks for sharing at our Weekend Wonders party! I'm featuring you tonight!

  12. You have been featured on this week's Creative Corner Hop. Feel free to stop by and grab the "Spotlight is on You" button from the right sidebar of my blog. And thanks for sharing with us!

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