Writing Desk Makeover: Part 1

For the past year, my desk has been hidden away in a basement, unused. My writing space therefore became the couch in the living room. Needless to say, my productivity went way down with the TV sitting right there in front of me.

Then, about 2 weeks ago, I moved into a new place. The new place has a dry, partially-finished basement. I decided to take this opportunity to create a proper writing space. Step one: refinish my old, beat-up desk.

Here’s what I’m working with:

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Go Sabres!

This desk belonged to multiple members of my family before finally getting handed-down to me when I was in college. As you can see in the photo, it’s pretty beaten-up. The laminate coating of the particle board is worn or peeled away in many places, and there are some spots where the particle board itself has bubbled from water damage.

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The first step in fixing up the desk was to sand down the surfaces and patch the bubbles. I disassembled the hutch so I could tackle those pieces more easily.

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The bubbles were sanded down and filled in using a wood filler, then sanded down again.

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After sanding was done, I wiped the dust off with wet paper towels and started priming.

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I hit a bit of a snag while trying to take off the bottom shelf, so the underside of the desk wasn’t primed at the same time as everything else.

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Then I started painting some of my mint green accent pieces. When the desk is done, it will be off-white, with mint green accents in the shelves.

I’m debating whether or not I like the distressed look of a single coat of paint, or if I’ll clean it up with a second coat. I’m leaning toward the distressed look because 1) distressed furniture is very “in” right now, 2) distressed and old-looking furniture would be on-theme with a writing desk (especially one belonging to a steampunk writer!), and 3) it’s less work!

Stay tuned for a progress update next week!

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2 thoughts on “Writing Desk Makeover: Part 1

  1. I’m distressing a dresser right now. Try using steel wool to distress edges. It doesn’t leave scratch marks like sand paper. Also a light coat of dark wood stain will catch in your brush marks and give it a nice aged patina. Good luck with your project!

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  2. Liz, never realized what terrible condition that desk was in. I am sure it will become a treasure when you complete it and will end up being the writers desk where many exciting tales will be written.

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