We have been in this house for 9 months and the one thing that I have had issues with deciding what to do with and how to do is my office. I need the space to be comfortable yet at the same time I have always dreamed of having an office and had all sorts of ideas but they cost money and well you all know me, money is not something I like to spend if I don’t have to and I would much rather repurpose something and make it new to me then buy something new. I am a huge fan of old, heavy wooden furniture (ask Tom I am sure he can tell you all sorts of stories about how much I drive him crazy when I find a piece of old heavy wooden furniture that he has to carry 😉 )
After moving into the house my aunt contacted me about the old furniture that she had at her house that used to be my grandmothers and wanted to know if I wanted it. Well of course, a its my grandmothers and I miss her daily and b it was old and heavy! Perfect combination for furniture! We took the trip down to her house on LBI to pick it up and while it was not in bad condition it was not perfect, it has survived being in hurricane sandy and there was some water damage but it was beautiful and perfect and seeing it reminded me of my awesome times with my aunt, cousins and grandmother at the shore and I was excited to be having it in my house!
Fast forward a few months to when I finally got my butt in gear to start turning the room that had no name (aka was filled with boxes, work stuff, the kids wii, a couch, you name it it was in the room if it had no other place to go) and Tom was asking when I was going to get the random pieces furniture I had stored in the garage out of there and originally I planned on using this piece to be my coupon desk. I am currently using the hutch as my craft station (which is the color this desk used to be and that will soon be meeting the spray paint can too) But then we brought it in the house after I was done finishing it and BAM! I knew it had to be my desk! It was perfect (Also read one very happy Tom as I have been spending weeks trying to find the perfect desk an nothing was matching the idea in my head)
Refinished old wooden desk Using Spray Paint
It was not hard to refinish this desk and thankfully I had a great friend who i was sending pictures to along the way telling me the best spots to “scuff” so I could distress it!
Of course in true fashion I forgot to take the “before” photo of the Refinished old wooden desk Using Spray Paint, but here is the matching hutch so you can get an idea as to what it looked like color wise.
And now here is the desk! The chair is not perfect, it is not the chair I want to keep but for now I am going to just enjoy the desk and figure out what chair I want to get for it later lol (Here is to hoping I can find one that I like lol)
A lovely transformation, that fits what I wanted and keeps the specialness of having furniture that was my grandmothers in my house!
To refinish it was easy. All I did was wipe it down to get any dirt off of it, then grabbed a few cans of spray paint and sprayed layer by layer. It took quite a few coats but well worth the time it took to do multiple coats then to soak it in one shot 🙂 Tom bought the spray paint that had paint and primer in the same can, which for me is one less step and I like that idea.
Then once it was dry I used the sandpaper (80 grade) and scuffed in random places, along the edges and places that it would be hit, bumped scufffed ect in normal use 🙂 I also used a pair of scissors to make scuff marks and dings but you can use a screw driver or other like item 🙂
Now the next step is refinishing that hutch! I am sure Tom is going to love me tonight when I tell him that I need his help moving it into the garage 😉