My $10 Mid Century Modern Desk Makeover

4/24/2013

A couple of months ago I participated in Young House Love's Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge.


  I found an awesome Mid Century Modern desk for only 10 bucks at a yard sale! I actually started transforming this desk a week or so after I got it, but have been unable to share the completed project until now because I just yesterday received the new hardware that I ordered for it over a month ago! (I ordered them from MyKnobs.com and they look great and were cheap, but their communication/customer service is a little lacking --overall I love them so it was worth the wait!).

For those of you who are new, or are like me and can't remember what you ate for lunch yesterday, heres what the desk looked like when I found it!


I absolutely loved the shape of the desk, especilaly the legs, but the finish was all scratched and really had seen better days.



So, I decided that I would try and freshen the desk up a bit with some paint! :) If the desk had been solid wood, I definitely would have tried to refinish it, but since this wasn't the case, I figured painting was the best way to go.


I absolutely love how it turned out and am so glad that I chose such a fun color!

Here's a few more picture of the desk in the living room. I decided to use it as an end table for our new couch. :)





How awesome does it look with the fun new paint color! I wanted something bright since most of the furniture in the living room is very neutral. And what about those new knobs? I think they were just what the desk needed to really make it shine! Roar!!

My living room transformation is almost complete!
Read from the beginning of my living room progress here:

Painting the House
The Plans
New Couch
New Rug
A Second Couch

DIY Fauxdenza

Have you painted any furniture lately? Did you participate in the Macklemore Thirft Shop Challenge? -- If so, post your link in a comment so I can checkout your finds!

xx, Shannon

P.s. The teal paint color is Behr's Shoreline Green. The gold is Martha Stewart's Yellow Gold. The knobs can be found here and here.

18 comments:

  1. I love it!! I can't get over how amazing it looks. It definitely looks like an expensive, modern furniture piece with the vibrant paint (gorgeous color choice, btw) and the knobs! I want to go to the thrift shop now and find something similar.

    M.

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    1. Thanks so much Monica!! Be sure to let me know if you find anything similar! :)

      xx, Shannon

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  2. Oh my goodness you did an awesome job!

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  3. Love it! Where did you find that little greenhouse? I've been looking for something similar!

    xo // Justynn

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    1. Hi Justynn! I found the greenhouse at Homegoods, they have TONS of them in a few different sizes and lots of fun bright color choices! I think the one I got was only $12 too!

      xx, Shannon

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  4. Seriously, the magic erasure works for everything! We use it all the time at my house. The only thing it didn't work on was my wall. My brother drew on my wall with sharpie and I tried to get it out with the magic erasure....it took the paint off my wall! (But left the sharpie...what?!)

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    1. Oh my gosh, how funny! Maybe you can just paint over the Sharpie mark! :) hehehe!

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  5. thanks for the steps! I have a nightstand with a laminate top that is waiting to be painted in my garage.

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  6. Is it veneer or laminate? Doesn't look plasticky like laminate.

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    1. You know, I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure it's laminate. It doesn't seem like it's a veneer to me. I could be off though. :)

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  7. I love how the desk turned out! :)

    xx Denysia Yu
    http://thatlaitgirl.com

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  8. Love the colour you chose!! It matches so well with the brass hardware too.

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    1. Thanks Janelle! I am brass obsessed lately! Can't get enough of it!

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  9. it looks great! I love the lion hardware. I might have to copy you.
    -MB
    my morning coffee

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  10. Hmmmm I am super inspired now. LOVE how it turned out. Saw one similar at the Sally Ann yesterday... didn't grab it. Might have to go back and get it for my son's room now that I see how well yours turned out. Great job!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  11. Loving the style and the color of this desk! I have really come to love mid century modern pieces, and your refresh gives this desk a whole new lease on life! Thanks for sharing at my Evolution of Style April Link party!

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  12. Hi! I'm a new follower and just wanted to tell you I'm obsessed with how this desk turned out! I would say those knobs were def worth the wait! :) I have recently fallen in love with lion knobs. They remind me of the summer I spent in Paris!

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