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Vintage Desk Makeover

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This is an exciting post for one reason and one reason only. I LOVE vintage desks…and I love a good vintage desk makeover! I picked up the cutest little desk at the thrift store and used a couple unique methods to give it new life.

Here’s what I used for this Vintage Desk Makeover:

Here is the before. Cute, right? And it was hiding a couple of interesting surprises.

How to make over a vintage desk with paint

The top part of the desk pops right off! And the kid paint all over the front came off fairly easily with some sanding and scrubbing.

After priming the whole piece with stain blocking primer, I gave it three solid coats of white paint – but the trick was I used trim paint. It has a glossier finish than I’d typically use on furniture – but for this desk, it’s amazingly perfect. It gives it a sheen and a lustre that will look awesome in the basement space. Trim paint goes on best with a high pile roller – go slowly and in long strokes and it will reduce brush lines and the need to sand later on.How to paint a vintage desk and make a new desk top with vinyl

As for the top, we did something a little different as well! We clad it in a navy blue vinyl. It was a little complicated in that we had to use our table saw to shave 1/4 inch off two sides of the top to make it fit in place with the vinyl – but after that was done it was as simple as wrapping a present, adding in some staples and popping it back in place. Vintage Waterfall Desk with Vinyl Top

The bonus of using the vinyl is that the computer mouse will glide smoothly! AND – it’s super easy to keep clean. We tend to eat and work at our desks a lot, so crumbs and soda can rings are a reality 🙂Vintage Waterfall Desk in Navy and White

As soon as we saw this brass hardware at the store, we both knew it would be the perfect thing to add visual heft and ‘manliness’ to the piece. Waterfall desks have amazing lines – characterized by the traditional curved front – and we didn’t want to detract from that in any way. Vintage Waterfall Desk with Brass Handles

We are both quite enamoured with this piece. I know I say this often – but I think this is my favourite makeover we’ve done in a while 🙂

Vintage Waterfall Desk Before and After


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*We are members of the 2015 PARA Blog Crew and they give us paint and we do cool things with it and blog about it 🙂

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Sarah Van Beek

Tuesday 25th of July 2017

I love the brass hardware!! Where did you find it? I'm redoing a waterfall desk and dresser too, first time redoing furniture. Yours looks amazing, hope mine is half that cute!

DIY Passion

Friday 4th of August 2017

I think we got that hardware at our local hardware store!

Melissa S

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

I found your post over on Houseologie and popped on over. Think I'll have to add you to my feed. Wow, nice job on the desk. I love how it turned out. Can you tell me where you purchased that adorable lamp?


Sunday 20th of September 2015

Your desk is just lovely! I love the combination of white with brass. I hope you'll share it with Friday's Furniture Fix.. doors close on Monday nights at 11:59PM EST. Have a great weekend! Carrie, Thirty Eighth Street


Tuesday 8th of September 2015

Being a fellow DIY nerd I have to admit, I'm not sure I would've seen the potential in that desk before. Amazing job, it came out great!! Look for your feature tomorrow!


Monday 7th of September 2015

You did a great job -- love the look of it now. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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