How I took a second hand desk and made it SPARKLE…

I found this desk at a second-hand store for $60.00. It was solid wood, and had really good “bones”.

We needed a desk in our room so I purchased it knowing that I could make it into something that would be a really great focal point in our bedroom.

Here are the before and after pictures of the desk project.


desk before









This is what it looked like when I found it.


desk base coated









After I sanded it down, I added the same color to the desk as I would be base coating the Arch with so that they would compliment each other when I was finished with the room.

desk drawer detail'






I painted the inside arch of the drawer blue to mimic the sky detail in my Arches National park Mural.

side view of finished desk










Next I used a combination of golden Oak, and Mahogany wood stain to add texture to the desk. I wanted the sides and inside to look like sandstone walls. I will make the wooden slats on the top and the writing surface look like pine.



desk writing surface finished







Here is a close up of the writing surface.


desk finished 1










Here is the finished desk. It is now ready to go into our Arches National Park themed master bedroom.

bedroom with desk










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