Project by Pamela M., Habitat Store customer and local upcycler.
I found this desk at Habitat for Humanity during one of their 50% sales. I only paid $12.50 for the desk. What a great deal! I wanted to bring new life into this piece and really struggled with what to do with it.
I decided I wanted to sand it down and paint it. I settled on a beautiful blue color that I felt would really make the desk pop.
To get started, this desk needed cleaning and sanding. Most projects only need light sanding but this desk needed a little more deep sanding. I used my hand sander to get the deep deep divots sanded out. After sanding I used the Krud Kutter to throughly get the sand and all other krud off the desk.
Once the desk dried completely, I used 2 coats of primer to ensure the “old” desk was completed covered and to ensure that the new paint color would completly adhere. The picture is after one coat of primer, I totally forgot to take a picture after the 2nd coat.
Once the primer had completely dried, I used 3 coats of Glidden Deep Sapphire (Home Depot) to completely cover the desk and to get the look I was going for. The drawers at the are actually faux, so I added a stencil to each faux drawer to give it some charm.
The back of the desk needed some TLC, so the only way I knew to make it look better was to cover it. So I went to the dollar store and bought some contact paper. That did the trick. I think it turned out so good!
To give a little more design, I painted the insides of the drawers Glidden YellowBird (Home Depot) and added new hardware (purchased at Hobby Lobby).
In the end, I think the desk turned out great and is so charming.