A few months back I spotted this desk in my grandparents’ basement while storing a few things and I immediately fell in love. When I learned that it actually belonged to my mom when she was a teenager I knew that I wanted to restore it and turn it into something that I can use in my new home. I decided that a fresh coat of paint and colour update was exactly what it needed and decided to use Premier Paint from Canadian Tire to bring it back to life!
The desk was so pretty but definitely needed a little bit of TLC to fix it back up and restore it to how lovely it used to be and I knew it would take a little work. I decided to go with the Premier Active line because it has primer built in, which means less work in the long run, and great coverage. It’s also stain resistant, something that will definitely be useful for a desk.
Looking for a fun DIY project of your own? Follow these steps to paint an old desk (or other furniture)of your own; you can use a piece you have kicking around or try checking out garage sales and buy & sell groups on Facebook to find something that will fit into your home.
- Sand! The desk that I used already had paint on it, so I had to remove this before I could paint. Use a coarse grit sandpaper (I used 80) to break through and remove the existing paint or varnish. An electric sander is great for this and definitely makes the job easier. Afterwards, I went over everything with a fine grit (220) sandpaper to finish and prime the wood for painting.
- Clean the desk up. I used a vacuum to remove sawdust from the area so I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting into the paint and used a damp cloth to wipe down the desk and remove any dust from it.
- Prep the area! Make sure you cover anything nearby that you don’t want to get paint on so you don’t have to worry about accidents. Garbage bags work great for this in a pinch!
- Paint! I got to work with my Premier Active Paint from Canadian Tire in three shades (I used the shades Shy Rose, Powder Room & Charming Rose). You don’t need to prime the surface with this paint so I could get right into it. Make sure you paint all visible surfaces, including the top of the drawers and sides as they’ll be seen when pulled out. I went with two coats to maximize the look of the paint and it turned out great!
- Apply hardware to finish the look off. I picked up these great jeweled knobs at Canadian Tire and decided to keep the original handle for the long drawer as a nod to the original desk.
What do you think of my desk makeover? Do you have any fun DIY projects in the works? If you decide to try to paint an old desk I would love to hear about it!
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo