Thursday, July 21, 2011

Craigslist Desk

I've been trying to have success with Craigslist forever now. I finally had luck and scored this desk:

for thirty dollars. It needed refinishing, but it was a great find.
After a sanding and a little bit of patching, I painted the desk flat black. I used Valspar Latex Enamel which you get at Lowe's near the spray paints.

Once it was dry I got out the sander and distressed it. I don't often do this, but I was really pleased with the results.

Then I tried finishing wax for the first time. After talking to a man that restores furniture, I really wanted to try Briwax, but there isn't a supplier here and I was too impatient, so I just tried Miniwax.

I LOVE it! The finish is protected and so much richer now. I seriously want to just go around and wax everything now. :)

It was super easy. Wipe it on, let it dry for fifteen minutes and buff.

In the down time, waiting for the paint to dry, I worked on the hardware.

The patina had a certain charm, but I really wanted silver accents. So, out came the silver leaf Rub n' Buff.

It takes just a little bit. Rub it on, then buff it a bit. Easy peasy.

I am so happy with this piece.

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  1. Absolutely beautifully done! What a great piece gone from someone's "trash" to heirloom treasure!

  2. That is so pretty! I love the color. You did such a great job. By the way, I am your newest minion :).

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! Found you via My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia and am your newest follower! What a great find on the desk and you did a wonderful job working some tender loving care! Pop over if you get a moment.

  4. It looks great! What a wonderful transformation!

  5. Great find and refinish. Nice job.

  6. Super great job! It looks fantastic now! Very creative idea! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. WOW!!! I love this! What a great piece of furniture with so much character and what you did is fantastic! I've never heard of the Rub 'n Buff -- will have to check that out!

  8. Lucky! It looks AWESOME!

    I'd love for you to share it at my link party... GREAT job!

  9. That turned out beautifully!!! Thanks so much for linking it to Thrifty Thursday! I'm going to put it on my FB page today! :)

  10. Great job the desk is beautiful! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  11. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at DIY Thrifty Thursday!

  12. The desk looks amazing. Great makeover and a nice bargain as well.

  13. The desk is a great find and you did an amazing job with the make-over, well done! Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party

  14. I also refinished a desk. I like the products that you used. Always wanted to try a wax finish. Maybe next time.

    I am hosting a party for newish bloggers. Come on by to check it out.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  15. Your desk turned out great! I would love to get a new desk and it would be fun to refinish it myself. Might just have to give craiglist a second look!

  16. Wow! That looks great! I really want to try that wax! Found you via blog hop party at home maker on a dime, and I am you newest follower. Love your blog :)

  17. Very pretty indeed. I'm gonna try that Rub N' Buff sometime, too-- It looks great!

    I like the amount of distressing you did too. Added alot of charm :)

    Visiting from Miss Mustand Seed's Linky Party Tonight, from NW Illinois.

    Smiles, Suzanne

  18. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)


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