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Rags to Riches Vintage Desk Makeover

Vintage Desk Makeover

I received a phone call from a previous customer (and previous coworker) about a vintage desk makeover.

  • Lisa: “Kandice, we are heading to Staten Island (from Long Island) to visit family, and I want you to refinish a desk for me.
  • Me: “ok, do you have a photo? Send me a picture so I can see it”
  • Lisa: “No. It’s in the truck and I’m bringing it to you now”
  • me: “What?!”
  • Lisa: “See you soon”
  • click

Without even a chance to check my calendar to see what I have scheduled because you know my life is all written in a flimsy black planner book. If it’s not written in that planner it simply doesn’t exist. Within the hour she pulled up and pulled this beat up old vintage desk from her vehicle. It was a mess and I loved it. vintage-painted-desk, new york, staten island, painted furniture

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The Before – Unfinished Vintage Desk

A true rags to riches vintage desk makeover.

I have to admit that makeovers like this are a reminder of why I love what I do.  This beat up old desk was in rare form, it had so much damage, scratches, and stains.  Rather than fight it and try to make it perfect we embraced its flaws and gave it a rags to riches makeover.  Which in turn has made it beautiful once again.vintage desk, unfinished desk, vintage furniture, damaged desk,The Makeover – Saving this Ol’ Vintage Desk

EEEEK  look at that top!!

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As you can see this little guy needed some major prep work, so the top, as well as the entire body, front to back and drawers, were all sanded down with my favorite electric sander. Lucky for me it was a gorgeous sunny day and my daughter was taking an extra long nap. Long naps = productive me. vintage desk, makeover, sanded, black chalk paint, Just the Woods

Paint and Stain Combo

Next, the top was given a fresh stain with a mix of a few different stains to give it a new rich color.  wood stain, wood desk, staten island, refinished desk, shabby chic, nyThe drawers and body of the desk were then painted in a solid matte black and slightly distressed before being sealed for protection. You can get this same true black yourself with Derby.

The Result – Painted Vintage Desk

Under pressure and with little notice this desk was given a new look and was ready to head back to Long Island.
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The black with the stained top is such a timeless look and one of my personal favorites. vintage desk, painted desk, distressed black, chalk paint, stain top, staten island

We decided to keep the original hardware and I simply cleaned them with an old toothbrush and a little soap, water, and white vinegar.  Once the grime was cleaned away there is a subtle brown tone on the handles that actually work beautifully with the brown in the stained top.  That was an unexpected pleasant surprise!Vintage Hardware, original hardware, patina, vintage desk, vintage furniture, just the woods

All ready to head back to home.vintage desk makeover, shabby chic, black distressed, distressed black, black paint, chalk paint painted desk

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