Habitat Restore Desk Makeover

We saw this old, sad-looking piece at Habitat Restore and thought it was a good candidate for a desk makeover. After bringing it home though, I admit I had buyer’s remorse. It was ugly. And I didn’t have a vision in my head of what I wanted to do with it. So I did what I do a lot – I winged it… using paint I already had.

Habitat Restore Desk Makeover

Refinishing a piece of furniture is not hard, it’s just time-consuming. Before the “fun” starts, the piece needs to be cleaned, sanded, and primed. Once that’s done, the magic of paint happens. That’s the fun part, people!

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I had the desk, without the drawers, in the garage to sand, prime and paint. I used Behr Ultra in “Powdered Snow” from Home Depot as the main color.

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After sanding, I brought the drawers inside to be primed and painted. I used “Aqua Smoke” by Olympic for the drawer fronts.

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The hardware went outside for a coat of Krylon spray painted in an Oil Rubbed Bronzed color.

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These are the paint products I used on the desk.

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It wasn’t until all the painted pieces dried, the hardware put back on the drawers and the drawers put back in the desk did I lose my buyer’s remorse. But it was replaced with “It’s so cute, can I keep it!? Can I, Can I??”

The moral of the story? Don’t get discourage when making over a piece. It’s amazing what happens when it’s finished and it all comes together. But, it’s just paint. If you truly don’t love it, take a deep breath, and paint it again. :) old desk 9 I managed to let it go and it’s now in our booth at the Antique Mall. We sold the chairs, so we’re on the lookout for more diamonds in the rough!


Miss Mustard Seed

I am a Rock and Roll Girl

I don’t know why I don’t have music plugged in my ears all the time, all day long. Music makes me happy. I’m a rock and roll girl.

I’m a little slow when it comes to the latest stuff. I don’t even know what to call it. Technology? Advances? Modern times? Anyhoo, I just discovered Pandora. Yep. Say it with me. Duh Laurie! Where the heck have you been???

Being the 80′s girl that I am, I naturally plugged in Def Leppard, Journey, Triumph. All the obvious choices. But then my sister said she’s been listening to One Republic radio. What??? You can listen to current songs too? Why don’t I know these things? One Republic, Linkin Park, The Fray… OMG!! The best!

Music has always been a happy thing for me. My mom cleaned the house to Abba and Neil Diamond. My sister and I always had records playing in our room. But I have to listen to music that’s up beat. I’ve gotten in the bad habit (in my old age) of blurting out, “turn that sappy shit off” when I’m hearing a sad or slow song. Not my finest moments, but it gets my point across. Music affects my mood, my very well-being.

When I first met my Hubby, he would often have music playing at his house. But it would be jazz or classical or some type of wrist slicing music. I was torn between letting him know I hated his music (and risk that he may think of me as unsophisticated) or just quietly throw myself out his window. Either one would rise some eyebrows, I feared. I eventually told him I was a rock and roll girl, and happily for me, he married me anyway.

So I will have ear buds in my ears, listening to my rock and roll. And I will be happy. “I got the magic power of music in me”. That’s from my favorite song Magic Power by Triumph. Yes it’s an old song. Really old. But we don’t judge here. ;) 

P.S. You should see how fast my daughter will turn the channel when John Legend comes on in the car!! She’s well trained (or scared)!!