Desk Makeover-Before & After!!

So I’ve been looking for a desk forEVER and I finally found one on craigslist for 30 bucks!

Granted it looked a lot better online then when we picked it up, I knew it had potential! I wanted a corner desk (room saver) and every one I saw was at least 500. No thanks! So with a little work I think it turned out just perfect!


Told you it was in BAD shape. My neighbor was like what in the world…haha!

First things first is to SANDDD! Electric sander…yes please!

Then I wiped it all down and gave it a good coat of primer and then 2 coats of black paint. I used my paint sprayer of course-such a time saver! For more details on painting check out my kitchen post. I was to lazy to sand in b/w each coat of paint, but I think it will be fine!
We took off all the hardware, and I gave them 2 coats of heirloom white spray paint.
OH YES and we tore off that nasty backing and put on some leftover bead board from the kitchen. Yes we glued pieces together. haha!

The after shot!! What do you think?

i LoVe bead board!

Now it’s time to move all my craft stuff out of the closet/all over the house and into the desk!
Hopefully I’ll have more pic’s this weekend!


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  1. Kendra@My Insanity posted on May 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm (#
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    Wow! Great deal & great work! It looks like a million bucks!

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  2. Nikki@KreativeKnack posted on May 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm (#
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    GORGEOUS! Love the bead board!

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  3. Kenzie posted on May 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm (#
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    It's gorgeous! You did an amazing job refinishing this!

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  4. Decorchick! posted on May 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm (#
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    That's beautiful!! I love beadboard too. I'd put it everywhere if I could. Great find.

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  5. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living posted on May 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm (#
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    Wow what a great deal! Your desk looks gorgeous, you did a great job on the transformation!

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  6. Kristi posted on May 25, 2010 at 4:07 am (#
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    Are you sure you didn't just buy a black desk to pass it off as an after?? I'm KIDDING!! It really looks like a totally different desk. Awesome job!!

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  7. The Oxford Family posted on May 25, 2010 at 5:25 am (#
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    This turned out great!

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  8. Rustown Mom posted on May 25, 2010 at 6:04 am (#
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    This is impressive! Post pics after you get it all put together!

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  9. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} posted on May 25, 2010 at 6:04 am (#
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    Fantastic makeover! I love the bead board. This will be a lot of fun to craft on!

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  10. Megan @ polishthestars.com posted on May 25, 2010 at 7:13 am (#
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    Wow! That looks amazing!

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  11. Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! posted on May 25, 2010 at 7:17 am (#
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    Wow! Love it! I would really like to see this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Please link it up if you have time. Rory

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  12. Tiffany posted on May 25, 2010 at 7:24 am (#
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    Your desk looks FAB! Great job!!!

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  13. Sam & Amber Daley posted on May 25, 2010 at 7:37 am (#
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    That looks awesome!!!

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  14. Brady and Brittany posted on May 25, 2010 at 7:54 am (#
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    Oh my gosh I love it!!!!!

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  15. Maria Gridley posted on May 25, 2010 at 8:47 am (#
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    wow amazing job! It looks brand new!!

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  16. Aubrey posted on May 25, 2010 at 9:20 am (#
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    That looks fantastic!!

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  17. Jenna Eve posted on May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am (#
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    Such a great transformation. The bead board is genius and it looks so high end.This is inspiring work.

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  18. Allie posted on May 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm (#
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    Excellent! Wanna come work at my house?
    Allie
    AllieMakes.blogspot.com

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  19. the momma posted on May 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm (#
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    Looks great! Love the beadboard!

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  20. Craftify It! posted on May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm (#
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    WOW! WOW! WOW!!! Can you make me one please;)

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  21. Rebecca posted on May 26, 2010 at 11:28 am (#
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    That takes vision. Nicely done.

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  22. [email protected] posted on May 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm (#
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    Wow, it looks fabulous! Congrats on getting the desk you wanted at such a fantastic price.

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  23. Jessica @ Me and My Bucket posted on May 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm (#
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    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! Seriously, that looks sooooo high-dollar!! You are amazing, thanks for linking up!!

    Jessica

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  24. Tanya posted on May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am (#
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    It looks beautiful.

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  25. Michelle posted on May 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm (#
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    The bead board is great! Love the black. Gotta run to Craigs list.

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  26. Tere posted on May 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm (#
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    Let me just tell you you did an awesome job fixing that up! I'd love that! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales~Party Time Thursday!

    tere

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  27. Lanie Ree posted on May 28, 2010 at 7:44 am (#
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    Whoa, nice job1 Talk about a perfect desk. even if it did take a whole lot of work!

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session over at Life in the Pitts.

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  28. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions posted on May 28, 2010 at 9:01 am (#
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    It looks great! A brand new desk! I love the beadboard on the back, too.

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  29. Tessa posted on May 28, 2010 at 9:27 am (#
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    Wow!! You are sooo talented. That desk is gorgeous! I'm digging the beadboard :)

    I found you on New Friend Friday! Hope you can follow me back, too!
    http://www.shoppergal.com/

    Have a great weekend!

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  30. Fawnda posted on May 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm (#
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    WOW! That looks great! :)

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  31. Funky Junk Interiors posted on May 29, 2010 at 9:40 am (#
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    Wow is the first thing that came out here. This is sooo impressive! You've done a serious update to an old classic. Enjoy your new office! The beadboard addition is amazing.

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  32. gongyandsquish posted on May 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm (#
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    WOW! That is an amazing transformation! Great job!

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  33. Tere posted on May 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm (#
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    You have been featured @ PonyTails&FishScales! Grab an I ROCK button from my blog!

    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

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  34. Beth@The Stories of A to Z posted on May 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm (#
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    I think you did a fantastic job! Love it!

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  35. Katie posted on May 31, 2010 at 6:45 am (#
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    Wow, that turned out beautiful!!

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  36. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble posted on May 31, 2010 at 7:52 am (#
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    What a great job!! Love it!

    Debbie

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  37. tammy posted on May 31, 2010 at 8:39 am (#
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    I'm a follower!

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  38. jules p posted on May 31, 2010 at 11:22 am (#
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    Great job. You are truly amazing and full of talent!!

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  39. CINNIBONBON posted on May 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm (#
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    This is beautiful.

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  40. Kara@ Creations by Kara posted on June 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm (#
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    I love beadboard! It turned out just beautiful!

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  41. The Autocrat: Haley posted on June 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm (#
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    Totally love it!! I NEED to go buy one of those paint sprayers!! The desk is fabulous!

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  42. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com posted on June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm (#
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    That is an impressive transformation! I love it!

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  43. Heather posted on June 2, 2010 at 6:58 am (#
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    What an awesome transformation, all that sweat equity paid off!

    Visiting from Reinvented

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  44. Jennifer Juniper posted on June 2, 2010 at 10:32 am (#
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    I would never guess that this was the same piece!

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  45. HoosierHomemade posted on June 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm (#
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    Oh My! That desk is amazing! You did such a great job!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

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  46. ★All Thingz Related★ posted on June 4, 2010 at 7:19 am (#
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    It's beautiful! I love beadboard too!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

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  47. Amy Bowman posted on June 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm (#
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    so very awesome! love. love.
    thanks for linking up at "AP Tuesdays!"

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  48. Leslie, the Home Maker posted on June 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm (#
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    LOVE!!!

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  49. a little lovely posted on June 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm (#
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    that looks amazing! i really need to find something to use bead board on. i love that look :)

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  50. Amy Bowman posted on June 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm (#
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    just wanted to let you know i featured this post today. thanks again for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

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  51. The Pennington Point posted on June 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm (#
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    A. Mazing. No THAT'S a real trash to treasure story. I love it! Lisa~

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  52. Becky posted on June 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm (#
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    Looks great!!! I LOVE bead board too!

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  53. Lee Laurie posted on June 7, 2010 at 8:33 am (#
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    It looks amazing! I want one too! I love the black with the white knobs.

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  54. JHill posted on June 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm (#
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    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  55. Ashley @ Bride on a Budget posted on June 8, 2010 at 5:37 am (#
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    Wow. That desk is gorgeous! I want one.

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  56. Julia posted on June 8, 2010 at 11:18 am (#
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    You did a fantastic job! I love it:).

    ~Julia

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  57. Raelynn posted on June 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm (#
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    I would guess that's probably up there on the best $30 you've ever spent! The desk looks AWESOME!!!

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  58. MarLin Photography posted on June 13, 2010 at 10:40 am (#
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    Sooo love it! I've been looking for a desk forEVER too and as my mom says I have champagne taste with a discount beer budget (lol). I will be revisiting craigslist and freecycle for sure now. Great job!

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  59. Ms.Cupcake (aka Becky) posted on June 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm (#
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    LOVE this post! Great info and your transformation is lovely! Hope you have a lovely day! Come say HI on my blog anytime! Love to have you there!

    xo Becky

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  60. Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks posted on June 16, 2010 at 7:05 am (#
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    that looks fantastic!

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  61. Domestic Bliss(ters) posted on July 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm (#
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    Super cute!

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  62. MaGoooo posted on July 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm (#
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    AWESOME job!!! You did GREAT!

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  63. Joanne posted on August 12, 2010 at 8:30 am (#
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    I love the desk! You did an awesome job. I love the beadboard too. It really dressed it up alot.

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  64. TraceyElaine posted on August 22, 2010 at 11:07 am (#
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    Excellent job. The black really spruced that desk up. It looks like a good quality piece. Be pleased with yourself, that's great! Tracelaine from http://artoftheletter.blogspot.com

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  65. Home Hinges posted on August 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm (#
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    What an amazing transformation. Was this just laminated or is it real wood? I don't know if I would have been brave enough to try this based on the before pictures, but now I might take a second look at those really beat-up finds.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    April @ homehinges.com

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  66. Jess posted on April 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm (#
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    OMG!!! It looks so good!! I’m so jealous! I’ve been looking for a L shaped desk forever for my scrapbook room! (new homeowner and finally get my own craft room)! It looks amazing and so similar to my vision!! Thanks for giving my hope back! haha Amazing job!

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  67. Shorty posted on October 4, 2011 at 6:23 am (#
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    OMG!!!!!!! I can’t believe this is the same piece of furniture. I know that person is kicking himself on Craigslist. This is beautiful. I wish I had vision like that. I have an antique table and chairs I was gonna sell at a yard sale. Know I am thinking could I do that well refinishing it. Thanks for the inspiration and God Bless.

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  68. Donna Holleman posted on November 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm (#
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    Love it, what a great job. I just informed my husband that we are redoing his desk…. he said good deal. Thanks for the insparation!

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  69. Skye ~ Creative Chaos posted on November 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm (#
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    Wow! Awesome makeover!! I know what you mean about corner desks >..< ) and need a fair amount of tlc, but a good cleaning and putting them back together was all I could manage. And truthfully… you can't see it beneath the mountain of craft supplies piled on top anyhow ;) LoL When the time comes for me to move to a different place ( and hopefully have a separate room for working ) I'm keeping this makeover in mind !!

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  70. Debra posted on December 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm (#
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    You really did an awesome job

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  71. Jessie posted on December 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm (#
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    This looks so good! Inspiring.

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  72. Anshu posted on May 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm (#
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    This is just so cool. Love the after version.

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  73. LouAnn posted on June 16, 2012 at 8:42 am (#
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    This looks awesome. How do you protect it from scratching? I have a desk almost just like this I would love to paint – but I’m afraid it will look bad after regular use from scratching/chipping. Would love your tips!

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    • Jamielyn replied on June 16th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Hi LouAnn! I used a polycrylic spray paint by Minwax on this piece, but you could also use furniture wax to protect it as well. Mine has held up great! :)

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      • MD replied on September 12th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Looks amazing. I am not sure if you answered this already but is the desk laminate/veneer?
        Thank you.

        • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

          Thank you! This desk is real wood. Hope you have a great weekend!

  74. Shirley posted on January 11, 2014 at 1:04 am (#
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    Loved the yellow chalk painted table !!!

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