12.02.2010

Before & After Craigslist Office Desk

About a month ago, when I was beginning my Kara's-nursery-turned-my-office journey, I casually hopped on craigslist to see what was up in the office desk department.  Usually I have no luck in my area; it's all ugly desks from Kmart circa 1989 or janky Ikea castoffs.  {I love Ikea-just not falling apart, used up Ikea}  Imagine my surprise when one of the first photos I clicked on was of a glorious campaign style with cross legs beauty of a desk.  The sellers wanted $400 {cha right!} and had said it MUST GO by the previous weekend because they were moving.  I thought I didn't have a chance in hades 1. because they had already moved and if they hadn't sold it yet I thought they may have gotten rid of it, and 2. because I was only going to offer $100.  Despite my doubts, I texted the seller right away.  It was also despite my courtesy of not bothering people after 9pm, because it was 10:30.  I just HAD to know if it was still available.  It must have been fate because they still had it!  And I got them to agree to a price of $150!  The next night I drug my husband with me when he got home from work to go pick it up.  I was so excited to get it home.  Here she is in the condition I received her:


Hello gorgeous!


Natalie wouldn't move for me to take this pic-so you get a double shot of legs.

I had envisioned a white desk for the office-but the wood on this desk was so beautiful I didn't want to cover it up.  Since the desktop wasn't in the best shape I decided to paint that white, and leave the rest as is.


This was my first painting furniture attempt. I've always been a bit intimidated by the whole process, and being the perfectionist that I am, I knew that if I screwed it up it would be all I could think about.  Alas, I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it.  Here I am sanding the top.  I look so concerned, don't I? That's because I was! Natalie was supervising behind the protection of the screen door. 


Giving it a first layer of paint after the primer dried.  I used a paint brush for the primer and it left brush strokes.  My worst fears actualized.  I thought it wouldn't matter after I painted over it with a roller-but I was totes wrong.  The brush strokes showed through, even after three coats of white paint.  Exactly why I don't do this shiz.  First and last people, first and last.

In the end, it turned out fine,  you have to look pretty closely to see the brush strokes.  Here she is now:


So what do you think? I'm in love!  I had a piece of glass cut to fit the top as well, which cost about $50. Don't mind the few marks of white paint on the brass in the left corner there-I forgot to clean it off before taking the pics.


I can't get over those legs!


And I can't forget to mention that I searched online to find a similar desk and found practically the same one listed for over $1000!  Nothing feels better than a ridiculously great bargain.  I'll be sharing more office tidbits in the weeks to come.  Next up will be my DIY fabric covered bulletin board.

20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness- it's GORGEOUS!!!! Really, so fabulous!

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  2. It's beautiful! What an awesome & unique piece of furniture. Love how you restored it and added your own personal touch!
    xx

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  3. so gorgeous! I can't wait to see the rest of the room come together, it's off to a fabulous start! (is that a peak of leopard rug I see?!?!)

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  4. Oh my goodness! I have never seen a desk like this before! And the white was just the perfect touch! I am really impressed!

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  5. I NEVER want to hear a never-finding-anything-good-on-CL complaint from you girlie! You have clearly hit the freakin jackpot. It was looking pretty great but you made it perfect. LOVE it!

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  6. I have a hutch that needs refinishing...Wanna help? HA!

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  7. You did a great job! It's beautiful! That was such a find. I also like the detail on the front. Looks like a sneek peek at gorgeous and fun rug there.

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  8. Ahhmazing! I looked for months on cl for a desk and finally ended up with a table from Ikea....you lucked out! Can't wait to see the end results...

    Amy

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  9. Beautiful! The paint turned out so well! Can't wait to see how you styled it. Although I'm still a little sad that hubby gave the kabosh to the gold idea. Maybe someday ;)

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  10. Can an office desk be sexy? If so, then this one surely is!! Great job! :)

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  11. What an incredible find...and you have done a beautiful job re-desinging and re-painting it! I recently picked up a set of six 1930s hide covered dining chairs from Craiglist. Your project will help me when planning my upcoming paint job.

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  12. It looks amazing! You totally painted it in the right colors.

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  13. OMG. I am totally obsessing over this desk. What a ridiculous awesome find.

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  14. Jackie- WOW what an amazing find!! I love what you did with it!!

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