A Year Later and I've Finished A Painting Project

January 13, 2014

Isn't it amazing how much better something can look after a good coat of paint?  It's such an easy and cheap fix, but I've been letting this desk sit unfinished for a year.  Doesn't it look great now that it's done?

Many years ago (Probably close to ten), I went shopping with my mom and my aunt at a wallpaper store in Titusville, PA.  I am the type of person who can typically find something to buy just about anywhere I go and this day was no exception.  I'm not sure why there was a desk for sale at a wallpaper store, but there was, and it had to come home with me.  The desk was painted a dark hunter green (this was back in the day when dark hunter green was one of the "must-have" colors in decorating) and had a very country look to it.

My room and style has changed over the years, but the desk remained green until last January when I totally changed my color scheme.  I wanted the desk dark gray and rushed out and got some paint.  I didn't like the color from the moment that it went on, but let the desk remain looking like it didn't belong for a year.  The gray itself wasn't bad, but it was a little too blue go with the other things in my bedroom.  I had also dropped a pitcher on the front of the desk not long after painting it, and since I had never taken the time to seal the paint, the pitcher left a nice long white streak.  Here is the before....Nice?

Fast forward a year and I finally decided it was time to do something with the desk.  At Lowes, I had picked up a gray colored paint that had a hint of taupe to it, and this color coordinated well with the curtains I received for Christmas.  (The color is reading very gray in these pictures, but it really does have a hint of brown!)  Two coats of chalk paint later with a little sanding on the edges and my desk is finally complete and looks like it belongs in my room once again.

Some of the hunter green shows through in places where I sanded, but it almost reads as black now and doesn't bother me one bit.

Since I'm no longer into the country look, I replaced the stained wood knobs with some glass knobs from Target.

So what do you think?   I'm loving it and really wish I would have put a little effort into fixing the desk up months ago!

The desk is perfect in my bedroom because it folds up concealing anything office related I might have stored inside.  It's also small, which is a plus.

What about you?  Do you have anything sitting around waiting to be made into something better?

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