Classic Black Desk Makeover

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I found this adorable desk at a yard sale in the cutest little neighborhood. I loved the lines and simplicity with the detailed legs. I thought it had awesome potential and boy, was I right!

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I sanded it down, primed it with Kilz Latex. This was the first time I used primer with my HVLP gun and I’m hooked! It worked soooo well and left a smooth beautiful surface to paint! Hooray!

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Then, I have it a coat of Glidden Onyx Black in Semi Gloss.

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I cleaned the knobs and pulls and left them original because I really liked the contrast of the brass and black. Very Pottery Barn-esque don’t ya think!?

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After I sprayed a couple coats, I waxed it with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. I love that stuff. It leaves the smoothest finish!

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I put it up for sale but my good friend, Kate snatched it up for her office area in her salon! It looks perfect in there!

What do you think!? I really love bright, fun, colorful furniture but there is something special about a classic black piece. Don’t you think?


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    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    June 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

    The black was a stunning color choice!

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    Stephanie R
    June 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    This turned out really cute! I love the frame that you sat on it!

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    August 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I love your black desk (saw it on Tater Tots & Jello). I have a piece I’m thinking about painting black, so I had to take a closer look. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    August 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Looks great and that art print really is the icing on the cake!

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    Karisa | Petite Modern Life
    February 26, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    An oldie but a goodie! Love the choice of black. It made it so classy!

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