Hello sweet friends! It’s time for another Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday transformation! Today’s makeover is actually something for our own house, specifically, Brennan’s room.
This is Brennan:
Okay that was about seven years ago. Wasn’t he so cute? My FIL used to have him put his hands on his face like Kevin from Home Alone since he looked a bit like him at the time, so one year, we took pictures to put on a mug for him for Christmas.
Brennan is now 12 and he’s growing at warp speed these days!
Here he is this fall with my oldest, Jack, who’s 20:
He’s fast outgrowing his twin bed, so I have been on the lookout for a larger bed along with a dresser that I could possibly redo for him. I have had no luck though, so since Black Friday was approaching, I thought I might score a good deal on something new!
It wasn’t the deal I expected, but we did save a little and chose a set that I thought would be perfect for his room.
Here is the set we settled on (photo from their site):
I thought it would be perfect as guest room furniture down the road when Brennan moves out. I loved it online but wanted to be sure, so I dragged my sister with me to check it out at the store and it was just what I wanted!
The only thing we needed that they didn’t have to match was a desk. Brennan loves to draw and uses his current desk daily, but the only problem was… this is what he was using for a desk:
Yep, it’s a kitchen table. I bought it at a yard sale about 20 years ago to use in our kitchen at the time. Then it ended up in Jack’s room as a desk, and then was passed along to Brennan. It was fine when he had a twin bed and had room for it, but now it is just too big.
That brings us to today’s makeover!
Before I had purchased a new set for Brennan, I happened upon this very utilitarian piece priced at $24 at the thrift store:
Since I was hoping we’d be able to find a set that had a desk to match, I passed on it.
Then, after I had purchased Brennan’s new bedroom set, I stopped back in at this thrift store and it was still there. This time, it was 50% off!!
For $12?? I figured I would make it work!
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Disappointing Delivery Day
I was so excited for delivery day! We haven’t bought brand new furniture in over a decade, so I couldn’t wait to see our new furniture!
Except this is what was delivered…
This is definitely NOT the color it was supposed to be. This was more of a tan color, and I was so bummed! Clearly, the set we had seen was much more white both online in the photo at the top and in the store.
Before the guys were even out of the driveway, I was digging through my supply cabinet in search of my Whitewash Glaze!
I started with the night table to test it out and added a coat right over the existing finish using a brush:
Glaze acts like a sealer, so I assumed it would be find to paint right over the existing finish. It looked so much better!! It was exactly what I was wanting, and you can see how much nicer it is compared to the headboard!
Who takes a brush to brand new furniture??
Me! That’s who! Ha ha!
Here’s the headboard midway through:
I normally would apply the glaze and wipe it back with a rag, but I wanted it to be more white than that method was giving me, so I literally brushed it on with a paintbrush and left it to dry as is.
My plan for the desk was to recreate the same look!
Here is a proper before photo:
It actually looks pretty good in that photo, but it had some issues on the top:
I swapped out my water for clean water and wiped it down again to remove any residue.
It was now prepped for paint!
Paint, Sand, and Seal
Because my goal was to finish this desk to match the rest of the set, I chose a color that was close to the color of the rest of the set when it was delivered and settled on Sand Bar.
Then, I lightly sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish. Even if you don’t plan to distress, you will want to very lightly sand your chalk painted finish before sealing. It will make it super smooth!
If you apply the glaze right over the paint, it will soak it right up, so you want to seal it first.
And here it is drying after applying it all over…
I made sure to make my last pass super light as to minimize brush marks. I will note that this will likely work best on flat surfaces.
There was no need to seal again since glaze acts as a sealer also, so that was it!
Here is how this sad desk looks now!
I have it styled pretty, but it is a handsome desk…
You can really see how nice the glazed finish looks up close:
I love how it got down into all the grain also:
The open time is pretty great on glazes as long as you are applying them over a sealed surface, so you can keep going over it until you’re happy with how it looks.
Again, I just brushed it on and did not wipe it back.
The original hardware matches the hardware on the rest of the set perfectly! (Scroll to the top to see.)
I didn’t need to do anything to the drawers because they looked great inside…
And this was a nice quality piece too as you can tell by the dovetail joints…
It was really nice having an easy piece to work on for a change!
I left some parts unpainted like this part…
And also the underside where the chair goes.
I may go over just the top with a coat of Gator Hide for extra protection, but I’d like to test the durability of the glaze first.
Here it is in Brennan’s room without all the fluff:
And here is the bed for color comparison…
I couldn’t be more pleased with how well this desk matches the other pieces!
That was $12 very well spent, and I love having something to share that is also something we needed to do anyway!
Don’t forget my T2T girls have more makeovers for you to check out today!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls where we’ll be sharing our favorite Fixer Upper makeovers from each of us this past year!
UPDATE! This was my favorite Furniture Fixer Upper:
See what I did with this beauty HERE!
I hope to see you then!
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