Well I started this office makeover back in October. You can read part one here.
I’ve been done with my husband’s desk for months, but I just recently (two weeks ago) got the office tidy enough to snap a nice picture of the completed desk. Actually I had my husband take the pictures, because I am a horrible photographer and all of the pictures I take look like I am sprinting with the camera while capturing the shot!
Step one on this desk was to cut out the center drawer. We are a very long-legged family and that drawer was cutting into some very valuable leg room. It was actually very simple to cut out the drawer with a jig-saw, and then I just had to sand it down to get a nice smooth curve.
Step two was to paint the hardware. I’m not crazy about this old fashioned hardware- and I may change it in the near future, but it will work for now.
Finally, it was time for the bulk of the work. The desk originally had a very shiny orange finish. I wanted to keep the top of the desk wood. BUT It WAS NOT easy to strip off the shellac. Actually, my handy dandy citri-strip barely touched it. I had toyed with the idea of stripping the entire desk down to bare wood, but when it took multiple coats of citri-strip for the top- I quickly canned that idea! I decided to go for the “en vogue” two-toned look on this L-shaped desk. I painted the drawers and base in a lovely foggy grey, and I stained the top a rich chocolate color. The bonus of a wooden top is that I don’t have to worry about it getting scratched or banged up. I think it really updated the look of the desk, and my husband LOVES the extra legroom. Hope you guys like it!