Welcome to Themed Furniture Thursday, where I and several other furniture redoers make over a piece of furniture to fit a different theme each month! This month’s theme is “Inspired By”. I’ll share how I was inspired a little further down.
First, check out this piece I found at my local Goodwill last spring:
Pretty, right? I originally walked out of the store without it and headed to another thrift store down the road a bit. When I got there, I saw the saddest secretary desk, very similar to this one. It was really on it’s last leg and the store employees had the nerve to put $75 on it. Do you know how much the one I walked out without was? $55!
I marched right back out to my car and headed straight back to pick it up, crossing my fingers that it was still there. And it was.
At the time I didn’t have a booth, so I wasn’t in the market to pick up furniture pieces I did not need, but aside from a little damaged spot on top, it was in perfect condition. I had to bring it home.
Here is a shot of the inside:
I had a really hard time with this desk. It’s very difficult to take a paint brush to a piece of furniture in perfect condition. And I did not want to paint all those cubbies!
This piece was not an antique…probably made no earlier than the 90’s, so it’s not like I would be ruining a family heirloom, but still a bit hard to start slapping paint on.
I finally dug it out from my to-do pile, and decided to just go for it. After much deliberation, here’s how she turned out:
Adding French graphics is one of my favorite ways to add character and charm to a piece of furniture.
Now it’s a one-of-a-kind!
I also changed out the hardware. These are from Hobby Lobby, but I spray painted them and sanded them a bit…
Now for the inspiration part. Everyone has been inspired to do something, but how about being inspired not to do something? After browsing on Pinterest, I came across a solution to painting all those cubbies! Don’t paint them at all.
I think it’s a real wow factor to open up a desk like this and see a beautiful contrasting color, but choosing to keep the original wood preserved some of the beauty of the original desk. The inside will wear much better as well, especially if it’s a hard worker!
To add the graphics, I downloaded this one from the Graphic’s Fairy already in the reverse. Then I uploaded it to blockposters.com and printed it out to fit the oval area on the desk. Blockposters is so easy, you just put in how many pieces of paper wide/tall you want your image to be and it figures it all out for you.
Just trim the edges and tape together. Then I taped it in place and rubbed a pencil across the back to transfer the image. See more details about this transfer method if needed.
Once the image was transferred, I painted it in with black acrylic paint using a script brush. A good sanding once it was thoroughly dry left a nice smooth graphic:
If you have absolutely nothing else going on right now, how about checking out my other Themed Furniture Thursday transformations at the links below:
1. $5 Yard Sale Chair Makeover (Bold)
2. Mini Drop Cloth Rosette Stool (Travel)
3. Flower Stenciled Side Table (Flowers)
4. Thrift Store Side Table Goes Glam (Metallic)
5. Duck Egg Blue and White China Cabinet (Two-toned)
6. Sewing Chair with a Secret Drawer (Numbers)
7. Decoupaged Paper Mosaic Rolling Cart (Decoupage)
8. Desk with French Graphics (Letters)
You could also say I was inspired by one of my own…a previous Themed Furniture post…#8! 🙂
Below you can see how my blogging buddies were inspired to redo (or not) their furniture pieces!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor Miss Mustard Seed