Desk/Before and After

Anyone else love before and after pictures? ☺️

Especially if it’s an antique desk with original hardware??😍 

I found this beautiful desk from a fellow picker friend. He sold the desk to me “as is” and let me tell ya, it needed some love! 😷 Example- the kinda love you give when you’re scrubbing the inside of drawers with vinegar.


This desk was my Saturday night project piece. 👍🏻 It kept me busy/productive while my husband Aaron worked.

When purchasing a piece, I always like to take a step back and decide what it needs.🤔I envision the piece in someone’s home and how it needs to look. Then I decide what I’ve got to do in order to make my vision a reality. I determine if my vision involves paint, polish, wood wax and/or new hardware.

Given the character and rough shape, I immediately knew this pieces needed paint! After examining the hardware, I knew those were a keeper and they would contrast well with white paint.

So I painted the desk white and distressed the heck out of it to expose some of the original wood.😍

After screwing the handle hardware in the drawers, this desk was finished! Goodness, it turned out beautiful! ☺️ I hope it makes the perfect space for someone to study, hustle or write!

Btw – I’ve had several readers ask me to blog more about redoing furniture. So there it is! As always, thanks for stopping by!!😉

Karlee Bowman


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