Because I know you love a good before and after just like I do, I have a quick makeover post for you today. This executive desk makeover did not disappoint!
Our church is moving to a permanent location, so along with the move comes the need for lots of furniture. I offered to help however I can, so our pastor said the first thing he needed was a desk. Preferably a big executive desk, perfect for a few chairs on the other side. I remembered seeing this old beat up desk at a consignment store, and it was still there!
This thing is a beast, it was no small task to get this thing in (or out) of my mini-van, but we managed. It's a cool old desk, made by the Hoosier company. It's solid wood, with deep drawers and tons of storage. It just needed a little refreshing.
I sanded the top down with 80 grit sandpaper, and was surprised to see wood with beautiful grain. It was hidden under water marks and a beat up varnish. Pastor wanted a lighter top, and I didn't want to hide any of the gorgeous grain, so I used Minwax Early American Oil Based Stain.
After it dried I coated it with 3 coats of High Performance Top Coat in the Satin finish. (Sanding in between coats with 400 grit sandpaper).
The base was going gray, which leaves this piece neutral yet masculine. Driftwood Gray Milk paint was the perfect compliment to the pretty wood top. Two coats was all it took.
The drawers got a light distressing on the edges, and the hardware was cleaned up and given a little shine with Antique Gold Rub n' Buff.
We can set up two chairs along the back for visitors, and just like that the office makeover has begun!
One last look... ahhh. An old piece rescued and ready to be used for many years to come!