'Ugly Desk' ReStyled from Beast to a Beauty

It all started with a phone call from the sweetest client wanting me to paint a desk for her new ReMax office, Meaningful Moves. When I asked her to send me a picture, she laughed and told me to brace myself as it was the "ugliest desk" she'd ever seen.  Now, I've seen my share of ugly furniture but that's why I love painting and repurposing furniture so much.  I can breathe new life and memories into once cherished pieces with a fresh coat of paint and some vision.  

The desk belonged to her husband whose father built it in the 80's.  Neglected in their garage for years, she didn't want it in the house and he couldn't bear to get rid of it.   Do y'all know how much I love transforming pieces and preserving the memories?!  This project was right up my alley!

{Before}.  

{Before}.  

Once I got the picture of the desk, I definitely saw what she meant.  This piece was built for function not fashion but I knew I could rescue it.

The client gave me complete creative control on ReStyling this desk.  Gulp!  No pressure there, right?!  I immediately contacted my client's partner for some input on their office and space so I could get some inspiration.  We wanted to coordinate their desks without being too matchy-matchy .

Inspiration for the ReStyle

Inspiration for the ReStyle

My vision for the ReStyle all came together once I saw her partner's desk.  van Gogh Fossil Paint in Sunflowers with Antiquing Glaze would be the absolutely perfect compliment!  Whoohooo....time to get started!

First up, replacing the hardware.  No paint in this world could make the existing ones pretty.  Seriously, did you see the drawer pulls?  Let's take a closer look, shall we?

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

I headed straight to Hobby Lobby for knobs and I found the perfect ones for the desk.

Hello gorgeous new knobs!

Hello gorgeous new knobs!


 While I was there I happened upon the most gorgeous appliques to add some serious glam to the sides of the desk.


Wait 'til you see what I have planned with this!

Wait 'til you see what I have planned with this!

Although this desk was no beauty (yet), it was solid oak and built with great craftsmanship.  However, the top was laminate and I wanted to completely camouflage it with a stencil design.  I envisioned a harlequin pattern to go along with my design for its new style - Old World meets Hollywood.  

After a little searching, I found the perfect stencil at Olive Leaf Designs.  The best part was I was able to customize the size to the desk.  Score!


Sneak Peek of Harlequin Stencil.  Bye-bye laminate!

Sneak Peek of Harlequin Stencil.  Bye-bye laminate!

Now, back to the crystal chandeliers.  There was just one small problem with using them as appliques on the sides. Wall mounts.  Attaching them with the mounting hardware meant they wouldn't be flush with the sides and that simply wouldn't do in an office setting.  I didn't want to risk someone or something accidentally ripping them off.  This was a perfect project for Triple Threat.  Especially, since it gave him the chance to use his blow torch.  ;)

And there she blows...Can you tell how much he enjoyed himself?

And there she blows...Can you tell how much he enjoyed himself?

Once he removed the mounting hardware, he screwed the chandeliers down so they were nice and sturdy.  And completely flush with the sides.

Don't you just love the dangling crystals?! Isn't it just dripping with style?  P.S.  It's okay to swoon.  ;)  

Don't you just love the dangling crystals?! Isn't it just dripping with style?  P.S.  It's okay to swoon.  ;)

 

Ready for the ReStyle?  This is the perfect example of the power of paint.  

ReStyled

ReStyled

Not so ugly anymore, right?  I'm so excited for my client to work behind such a FABulous desk.  I think her clients will love sitting at it too!  Do you remember what it looked like before?  Let's take a walk down memory lane.

Before & After

Before & After

The desk is now in its new office and I'll be moving on to the next project.  I hope you'll stop by again to see what else I'm ReStyling.