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« on: September 20, 2009 06:59:29 PM »

I had a prefab, Walmarty, black student desk. I hated it, it depressed me to even sit at it but I wanted a REAL desk, with storage and coolness and something that would say MINE. I do have a keyboard but I dont want it in my lap..I have wireless for a reason, I just wanted a normal desk.

I found this beauty at a local thrift store...Seven dollars for desk and chair.



It had great drawers, dovetailed..nifty paper clip thingies in the middle drawer..



Chair had cracked/stained vinyl but was sturdy and well made.

My MIL wanted me to strip and refinish it with stain but it had veneer on it that was cracking and peeling. So I decided to paint it..with spray paint. She about fainted.

But with the trusty Home Depot gift card we had molding in Husband's wallet, I bought new brass pulls and some spray paint. I also scored some really nice dark brown "tooled" vinyl to redo the chair and ...



It looks very bright here but it truly isn't hideous  Grin

I love it, all the drawers I need for bits and bobs, awesome color, nice brass pulls and a BIG surface area for writing and crafting. LOVE IT!

Best 7 bucks I ever spent Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009 07:07:37 PM »

Nice!  That looks gorgeous, and very functional.  I wish I could make such miraculous $7 finds!
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009 07:13:04 PM »

Wow! Super pretty. Don't you love getting a good deal on things! I got tons of awesome stuff for 50 percent off at Goodwill this weekend and it was AWESOME.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009 09:27:58 PM »

that's spray paint?! it looks great! who knew!
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009 02:33:38 PM »

That is awesome!!
I wish I could come across these wonderfully cheap great awesome finds... I'm jealous!
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2009 12:12:49 AM »

That's awesome!  And I agree about the paint vs. stain... on peeling, damaged veneer, it's too much trouble unless it's super expensive.

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009 07:25:59 PM »

Love the color, and especially the price.  Great work!
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009 07:38:35 PM »

Great job!  I really like that!
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2009 07:56:49 PM »

GORGEOUS!!

I just upgraded from a spray paint can to an air compressor and spray gun!  My furniture will never look the same...
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2009 05:40:58 AM »

This is beautiful! I would love to have something like that in my room! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2009 11:33:15 PM »

Wow, I love it!  Just one question, though.  What did your MIL think after she saw the finished product?
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2009 04:23:01 AM »

I can't decide which I want more, your cool new desk, or your thrift shop where you found your cool new desk!

Nice job, and I'm with you on staining veneer! Your paint job was a much better option.
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2009 04:15:28 PM »

Wow, I love it!  Just one question, though.  What did your MIL think after she saw the finished product?

It's funny you ask, she was kind of lukewarm in her garage (yes that is my inlaws garage I got paint all over  Tongue ) but she came by the house today and looked at it a while with all my stuff and said, "you know, you were right that looks really nice there"  Grin
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