Hot on the heels of our move from downtown to the suburbs last summer, my parents shocked us all by announcing that they would be moving ASAP into a condo. This was a serious downsize for mom and dad and they needed to get rid of tons of furniture in order to squeeze into their “home in the sky – maison dans le ciel” (Alix-speak for their 18th floor high rise condo). Hello! My newly acquired suburbian home was desperately needing furniture and, with a kitchen reno in progress, there was no money left in the bank account to buy any. So I gladly accepted loads of their furniture, some more modern pieces, and some that I had known since my childhood.
That’s how I came to inherit this little number. My parents had purchased two of these in the late 70s. Positioned side by side, they served as homework desks for my brother and I throughout the entire time we lived at home.
I dumped it in my sewing room last summer and completely forgot about. Until I saw this on Pinterest:
I thought immediately that these two dressers, found on Craigslist and transformed by the talented graphic designer and blogger Joy Deangdeelert Cho, were amazing! The colours, the hardware, the vintage style… and then it hit me! I actually owned the desk version of these tall boys. Right there in my home! Woohoo! No scouring Craigslist or Kijiji for me! It was there, buried deep in my sewing room, waiting to be rescued. All this time, I had never seen the potential for that little desk until now! (By the way, if you’re looking for a dose of design inspiration, check out Joy’s blog Oh Joy! here.)
Since the desk was already in pretty good shape, all it needed was a few licks of paint. The toughest part for me was to pick my paint colours. That’s ALWAYS my issue! I love colour, and I love pattern… I just suck at putting various colours or patterns together! Looking back to those inspirational dressers, I quickly realized that it was the colours of the top three drawers that made my heart skip a beat… and as my little desk had only three main drawers, I decided to go with those beautiful colours. Call it an hommage to Joy!
Off to the paint store I went! I lucked out in picking up a $2 can of “oops” paint. I can’t figure out the name of the actual colour, as paint was smeared all over the top of the can. My best guess is that it might be Salmon Rose 2003-3C by Valspar. I then purchased two small sample pots: the red colour is Valspar’s Autumn Fire 1007-1 and the mint is Green Gala 6003-9C, also Valspar. The smaller pencil drawer was painted grey with Valspar’s Urban Sunrise 4004-1B, which was left over from Chaughan’s office makeover.
After cleaning out the desk, I gave the drawers a quick sanding with 100-grit sandpaper. The drawer fronts are made of laminate so priming them was a must in order for the coloured paint to stick. Primer is also mandatory if you really want your bright colours to pop. After the primer dried, I applied 3 (or was it 4?) coats of each colour with a sponge brush. I took my time in applying my colours, as I didn’t want to see any streaks. I let that dry for about 24 hours before putting them back in the desk.
And that’s about it! So far, the paint colours have held up beautifully!
I just love how this happy little desk lifts my spirits every time I walk by!