Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just the After

I only have the after for this desk. I looked everywhere, but could not find the before. I can tell you that it was originally wood, then I painted it black. My husband used it for a couple of years, for his work desk. Then we moved into a smaller house, and I reclaimed it for my furniture business.

For the reinvention, I took the following steps:
1. Stripped the top, and restained with walnut stain.
2. Painted the bottom light grey, then dark grey.
3. Decoupaged the drawer fonts with pretty paper.
4. Added beautiful new red knobs.
5. Before the knobs, I heavily distressed the drawer fronts.
6. Added protective wax to the bottom half, and poly to the wood top.

And viola. . .


Working on a space where I can stage my photographs, and saving for a nice camera! Funny, I had a nicer camera in college then I do now. Where is that camera you ask, I drove for 3 miles with it on top of my car
 . . . until it met it's doom and fell off. That was 10 years ago, when I used my financial aid money. Now I must use my patience, and save like an adult.

Hope you enjoyed this "After" edition!

My daughter loves this, and secretly hopes it won't sell. Where she thinks she is going to put in her tiny bedroom, only she knows. I think I have a buyer for her in Alabama. I love when my furniture finds a good home.


  1. i love that! so fresh and fun- love that the drawers really stand out and the knobs were the perfect choice and a great way to bring in some color.

  2. Cassie,
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I have enjoyed reading your journey through life, on your blog. I also enjoy seeing your before and after of your furniture

  3. Very cute, even without a Before-- just lovely. Love the treatment on the drawers too :)

    Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage Linky Party today

    ~Suzanne in IL

  4. Gina, I think you and I are very similar! I am a surgery tech, but I also dream of owning my own shop full of transformed furniture creations! Your desk is gorgeous!! Good luck with everything! It will be fun to follow you on your journey. Know that you have the support of a stranger, who hopefully will become a friend.

  5. love it! I especially love what you did with the drawers-- so unique and pretty :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  6. Love the way this looks! Really pops the color of the knobs! I am a new follower! Come by and visit!

  7. This is so beautiful!! I love the paper and knob choice. This is coming from a fellow new blogger and your newest follower! I would love it if you would check out my blog also...