Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bedroom Makeover: Mid Century Desk Makeover


mid century desk makeover || This Little Miggy Stayed Home
When my husband decided to make us a new bed, I don't think he realized the whole bedroom was going to get a makeover.  Partly because with a bigger bed (we upgraded to a king) and the smallest master bedroom we've ever had, we needed to reconfigure some of the room to make it work.  The first thing I wanted to change was the desk. Except it doesn't really work as a desk anymore, so I considered selling it and buying a console table.  In the end I decided that I didn't want to buy any new furniture and that I would just turn the desk into a console table.  Ah-ha!      

Perhaps you'll remember our old mid century modern desk.  In an effort for a quick and cheap makeover I painted the top white with latex.  It looked terrible.  I have long liked the look of two tone wood/white furniture but this just wasn't right.  
mid century desk makeover || This Little Miggy Stayed Home

So I decided to do it right with a proper and official desk makeover. And while I like the two tone wood look, I knew I actually wanted a darker wood color with white gloss paint.  Initially I was going to make the drawers the darker wood and paint the rest of the desk white, but in the end I switched that idea and I'm really glad I did.  I love painted furniture as much as the next guy, but I'm starting to dislike everything being covered in a coat of paint--I want some actual wood!  This made for a bit more work because I had to sand the entire desk, really, really well.  When it comes to staining furniture it's all about the sanding.  If it's not sanded well and you don't get off all the finish, your stain won't go on correctly.  (Spoiler alert:  You'll get to see what happens when you don't sand well in a second.)
mid century desk makeover || sanding || This Little Miggy Stayed Home


After sanding here's how it looked.  If you don't know, you always start with a rough grit paper and gradually move to a finer grit.  I started with 80 and ended with 220.  You should at least sand with a 220 grit before staining.  Once the sanding is finished, but before painting or staining it's always important to remove the dust.  So first vacuum it off...really well.  Take your time.  Then use a soft, dry cloth and wipe it down.  I did this with 3 separate cloths.  Don't wet it (like I used to) or it will just rough the surface all over again.  Some people even go over the surface with their clean hands to remove the last bit of dust.
mid century desk makeover || This Little Miggy Stayed Home


Now apply the stain.  I used minwax dark walnut stain.  Since I was only planning to stain the doors I just grabbed the smallest sample can--it was enough for the whole desk!  Just follow the directions on the can, it's pretty straight forward.
desk makeover || staining || This Little Miggy Stayed Home


So here is where improper sanding comes into play... this side of the desk was not properly sanded, the finish wasn't all the way removed and so the stain looked terrible and spotty.  I tried to just go over the light spots with more stain. Bad idea. In fact I think the picture below on the left is after I tried to apply just a spot fix.
mid century desk makeover || This Little Miggy Stayed Home

As much as I didn't want to, I re-sanded that side and re-stained it. So glad I did. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well, even if it means re-doing certain steps.  

Here it is all stained.  After it was dry I applied 2 coats of wipe on poly to seal and protect the wood.


Now I took a page from Jenny Komenda's book of refinishing furniture and decided to use an oil based paint on the drawers.  I didn't get a perfectly smooth finish, but it looks really, really nice--although the perfectionist in me may redo them in the future.  A+ for the oil based high gloss paint!



Ta-da!  Although I wasn't sure I wanted this super modern, sleek look (would it mirror the bed too much? Too much dark wood?)  I really, really love it. And I think it works really well in the room.  I'm using the underside of the desk for our laundry baskets which really helps with the big bed/small room issue.  (Well one basket for now.  I'm planning on getting something new for laundry...these are falling apart.)


It's so smooth. So polished. So pretty. This is the side I re-sanded. So worth it right?



mid century desk makeover || Final reveal || This Little Miggy Stayed Home


Yay for tackling projects!
Next up will be making our quilt.  Yikes.

16 comments:

  1. Very gorgeous! Beautiful job!

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  2. pallavi11:23 AM

    very creative.

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  3. Looks like a totally different piece of furniture! You did great!

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  4. Thanks you guys! It does look like a totally different piece of furniture. Sometimes it's hard to see past an old, dirty finish, but I knew it had good bones so to speak. Anyway, thanks!

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  5. hot dang. this is cool. i wish we were moving to san antonio. come to st louis!

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    1. Rich--are you kidding? Still no SA? I'm bummed...really bummed. Those lucky mid-westerners. When do you guys leave?

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  6. It looks amazing... dang!

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  7. oooo I love it!! AND I wish I had your power tools and power skills! You guys should have a show!!

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    1. Thanks lady! Yes this would have been impossible without a power sander. Although a round one isn't typically recommended...I guess belt sanders are better? But I did just fine with this one and they're not that expensive--I wanna say less than 50? If you or Jord are really into this stuff (I think it might be a dental thing? likes to work with their hands?) B has gotten a lot of really nice tools for super cheap on craigslist.

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  8. Anonymous7:11 PM

    How do you do this with 2 children? On the weekends? Nap time?

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    1. Yes, yes and yes!

      I was going to write in this post about how I always dream of doing a project like this in a couple days, but the reality is this probably took over 2 weeks. Just the drying times alone add up to days. I just try to look at each step as it's own project...like sanding first. That's my project for the next couple of days...and then I'm not so frustrated when it doesn't happen as fast as I'd like.

      Oh and my kids go to bed at 6:30 and 7...so that's huge. Gives me a big chunk of time in the evening.

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  9. Skills, girl. You've got skills! It looks so amazing.

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