DIY Before & After, Furniture Revival

From blah to bold desk makeover | Furniture Revival

“Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.” -Alan Alda

When I started my Farmtiques business, I said a prayer, mostly giving it all to the Lord, asking for his blessing on it, and to help me to continue to praise him in my projects and to guide my hands as I work.    I feel since I ‘gave my business over to God’ that he has blessed it greatly.   Just like in my photography business, where I pray before each photo shoot or adventure, before I start a project… I pray.   By doing this I feel that it allows me to focus on him and that I am working for him in all things I do in my life, whether at home, or on a project for someone else.

As I transform pieces of furniture and work on projects, I also continue to feel Gods presence and a peaceful feeling in  my heart, that this is what I am meant to be doing.    I hope a lot of you see the passion , love and labor  that goes into my projects and that each piece is a unique piece of heart.

This week on Tuesday , the green desk I transformed sold at The Living Room Coffee House in Eau Claire, WI.  As soon as I heard it had sold, I went searching for a new project, and found a new ‘victim’ within 10 minutes of looking!   It was a blond colored straight lined wood desk that was begging for my attention across the thrift room floor, by showing off its retro style legs while the rest of the desk was hidden amongst chairs.   Here it is once I cleared it out.    It needed some work, but I knew I was up for the challenge.

The day I got the dresser home, I got slammed with a bad cold (again..come on Spring!).  It was killing me that I was down for the count, and had zero energy to move and start working on the desk.   I saw it sitting there as I was curled up under my down blanket taunting me.   The next day, still sick, I couldn’t take it any more, and started working on it, I got wore out fast, but it also helped keep my mind off of being sick.  Thankfully today I am feeling much better and finished the desk makeover!

Below is a list of how I revived this regular desk into a beautiful bold desk;

-Sanded entire desk

-Repaired back of desk with small finishing nails

-Spray painted feet of desk with Rust Oleum’s hammered spray paint

-Stained the top and the drawers of the desk and the legs of the desk with Minwax Stain + Polyurethane, Satin,  in ‘Antique Walnut’ .

-Primed & Painted the rest of the desk in ‘Sunstraw’ yellow.

-Lightly stained over the yellow with ‘Antique Walnut’ by Minwax.

-Cleaned & lined the drawers with Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin maps.

-Drilled larger holes for new pulls.  & added new pulls.

-Personalized the back with an inspiring quote + signature .

Below are after photos of this bold desk makeover, enjoy!

This one of a kind desk will be on display and for sale at The Living Room Coffee House at 2006 Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wi after February 25th.  If you are interested in purchasing this desk, you may purchase at the coffee house or contact Kelly at    Desk price : $150.

Thanks for reading about my latest furniture revival project, if you enjoy my posts and projects, feel free to follow me on Facebook , Twitter & Pinterest to see even more projects, ideas, tutorials and lots of inspiration.


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