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Before and After: The desk I couldn't sell

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I am very happy that 2013 is here. Someone in our family has been sick every day except 2 since December 18th. It was a long holiday break. Anyhooo....

There's a VERY small thrift shop about 1 mile from my house. It's so small, that they need to rent a storage unit next door to store furniture. I recently saw on Craigslist that they were getting rid of the storage unit and I picked this desk up for $30.

I thought that was a steal...but once I got it in the garage, I totally lost inspiration. I tried to sell it on Craigslist several times, but no one was interested. Then I posted on Facebook that I needed ideas...and I got a lot of good ones (thank you readers!). Ultimately I needed those ugly pulls to come off, so I took a hammer to them and they popped right off. I also found this inspiration photo on Pinterest. I can't even give credit because it came from a tumbler account. Edited to add that this desk is by Knack Studios

My desk didn't turn out quite that pretty, but considering what she looked like before, I'm pleased!

This finish was achieved using Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray (I think...it was in the mistint bin) and then using denatured alcohol to distress.


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