Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vintage Desk to Modern Beauty

When I was 10 my grandmother gave me my grandfather's old desk. He passed away before I was even born, so to own something that was his made me feel very close to him- although I never knew him. Over the years the desk traveled with me from town to town (my family moved a lot), ending up in the guest bedroom in my parent's house in Wyoming. Last month they surprised me by bringing it to my new home. It had seen better days, many of them in fact:



I knew that a beautiful piece of furniture was hiding beneath all of those scratches and orangy stain. After sanding it down, I stained it with two coats of an espresso finish and then covered it with two coats of polyurethane. For a complete tutorial on sanding and refinishing wood furniture, visit one of my very first posts as the How-To Gal HERE.


Final touches of crystal knobs and floral drawer liners completed the project- a true Cinderella story.

Isn't she a beauty!?! I can't stop looking at my fabulous "new" desk.

Now all I need is some great art to hang above it!

Posting to: Transformation Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, and Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land


DIY Day @ ASPTL

24 comments:

  1. I love your desk! The crystal knobs are great, and the drawer liner is like a secret little surprise. This is so great.

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  2. Oh that is beautiful!! I'm a sucker for crystal knobs :o)
    And of course you may link back to my cape tutorial, I would love that! Thank you!
    God bless!

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  3. That looks great and I just love the espresso finish! My favorite part though is the new knobs. They add a great touch!

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  4. this is gorgeous! My favorite thing that you've done so far!

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  5. wow, she truly is a beauty

    great job and inspiration, enjoyed my visit

    sarah

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  6. The dark finish makes such a difference Love the knobs..

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  7. Those crystal knobs just finish the whole thing off beautifully. What a stunning heirloom you have created!
    Best wishes, NM.

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  8. Looks beautiful! Love the knobs!!!

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  9. Wonderful look. The glass knobs really do add a touch of class.

    I could use a little piece like that at my house!
    -Angela

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  10. Of course I found you through A Soft Place to Land, and I love what you did to the desk! The stain looks great, especially with the knobs. The contact paper in the drawers is a cute touch, too. Great job!

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  11. You did a outstanding job on this piece...love the hardware!! Hope you have a FUN week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  12. It looks so pretty. I love the hardware you chose too. adds a nice touch!

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  13. she is more than a beauty, she is a FABULOUS beauty! That it belonged to your Grandfather and is fabulous just makes my heart sing! You will love this forever! Thanks for sharing! Deborah

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  14. You did a great job on the desk!! It looks so pretty with the darker color, and the crystal knobs just "make" the desk.

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  15. You did a wonderful job!! The crystal knobs really make it!

    xoxo ~Lisa

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  16. It looks beautiful! I love the dark color and the glass knob... be still my heart!

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  17. Very awesome. Love that dark with the crystal. Good on ya :o)

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  18. It looks great with it's new color and crystal knobs!

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  19. Winner winner chicken dinner!!!!! That is right up my alley!!!!

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  20. GORGEOUS!
    I know how much more work it is to stain than to paint - it really paid off here! The desk is beautiful. You did a great job - your grandparents would both be proud!

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  21. Great! The knobs and liner were the perfect girly touches to go along with the sleek black.

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  22. I love the knobs - they just accent the beautiful work that you did. I'm new to your blog from Kimba's party & love your work... I'll be following you.

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