Last week I worked on my neighbor's desk that she found curbside. Other than a broken drawer guide there was nothing wrong with this desk. Sure it had some normal wear and tear but it definitely wasn't landfill worthy.
Many times I've opened my back door to discover the "furniture fairy" a.k.a. my awesome neighbor, magically left a gift in our back yard. She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders as I venture on my furniture makeover path. In appreciation I offered to give a furniture piece of her choice a makeover. She chose this desk.
Here is what it looked like before...
After removing the hardboard back that had several holes for electrical cords and filling in the nicks and scratches, I got to work giving the desk a base coat of chalk paint in the color Graphite.
The second and third coat is a 50/50 ratio of Pure White and Old White chalk paint. Once distressed you can see the Graphite color peaking through rather than the light colored stain of the wood.
For a surprise pop of color I painted the drawers in Midnight Sky and lined the bottoms with a striped paper.
I picked up the paper and pretty knobs during a trip to Homesense with the intention of using them on a future project. Less than a week later that future project materialized as this desk!
I love how well the paper works with those pretty knobs!
I was thrilled that my neighbor liked what I had done to her desk. It'll compliment the décor in her master bedroom quite nicely.
I could see myself sitting here with a cup of coffee and my favorite stationery to write my friend's across the pond a newsy letter about the day the furniture fairy arrived in my back yard.