Thursday, July 29, 2010

Computer Desk or Farmhouse Table

I picked up this computer desk at a yard sale last weekend. It's definitely not old. The front drawer flips down for a keyboard. But it is solid, very large and in overall perfect condition. My first thought was to paint it black and simply use it as a computer desk. But because of it's size and great lines, it really reminded me of a farmhouse table and I thought I'd play with that idea.


I was already sanding when I remembered to take a before picture. Sometimes, projects sit for a while. Sometimes, they jump right out of the car and I can't wait to start.

After sanding and priming, the entire piece got two coats of Sherwin Williams Newport Blue.


Then the top got an additional coat of Sherwin Williams Luminous White.

That looks better already - love the color combination!!


I did a light sanding on the top only. My glazing mix was a combination of my favorite Valspar Clear Glazing Mix and some leftover light blue paint. I applied the glaze with a sponge brush. This time I tried rubbing it off with a soft painting pad. That worked fine, but I think using a soft cloth is just as easy. I always have a bucket of water, a damp cloth and a dry cloth ready so I can adjust the glaze as needed. It's really just a matter of finding the look you like.


And finally, the top got a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax because I love the silky feel. And the bottom got two coats of Minwax Polycrylic to protect the legs from getting chipped by chairs sliding into them.






I think this new desk now has a nice aged look. It could still function as a fabulous desk or be repurposed as a farmhouse table. ... I just need to get it out of the garage quickly as my husband is already using it as a work table!





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13 comments:

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That is so funny! I have that very same desk. We bought it at Costco a few years ago. It looks so much better after your makeover. Nice job!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks great and love the color. I use the finishing wax, too.

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

It looks wonderful! I love the colors you chose it turned out really lovely!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

wonderful!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That turned out great!

Cassie said...

This is pretty!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Yes, move it! It's too pretty to use as a work table!

It looks fabulous.

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

I love that color!

Annie Louise said...

This is a great transformation. Thanks for all the great information on how to.... Love the colors and the glazing. Great Job!!
Jeanette

Ellie said...

It looks great! I think that Newport Blue is just about the perfect shade of blue ever. Stopping by from Sunday Showcase.

Pam said...

You sure couldn't tell this was a newer computer desk....it totally looks like a well cared for and handy farm table. Fabulous redo! Following you now thru the Sunday Showcase Party. Pam @ Sallygoodin

Maria said...

You have so many cool pieces of furniture. Do you mostly find them at yard sales?

katie @ the copper coconut said...

I love your re-do. The paint color is fabulous. Bravo!