Vintage Desk Bureau with a little girly touch
I have a “thing” for certain types of furniture pieces. I fall in love with chairs. I melt for little round pedestal tables. And I think we all know I have a thing for little vintage desks. I have two and now… now I have three. This one is a desk bureau. Love these! Practical. Charming. Organized. Yeah. You got me baby.
A good friend had this at her garage sale for a mere $20 dollars. Whenever I go to her house, I admire her vintage furniture, her white milk glass collection and here she was, selling this amazing piece for $20. It once graced her daughter’s bedroom but the blossoming teenager had outgrown it. The faded yellow paint was chipping, the skull and cross bone skull stickers were peeling. How could I let a stranger take it? Clearly, it needed to be saved. It might have been nostalgia – I purchased a desk like this years ago for Thing 2’s room – and during the divorce/separation she took it to her dads house. But I had always loved it and missed it. My BFF Kat, inspired Thing 2’s piece, bought one at a thrift store too. It turned out to be sanding project from hell but she kept at it until it was beautiful and it now graces her daughters room.
I was so excited over this project I didn’t stop to take a “before” picture. Here it is right after I sanded it down.
This piece is in great condition and it easily sanded down. I painted two coats of Zinsser primer (letting it dry between coats) before lightly sanding it and applying the last coat of paint.
The inside of the desk was painted a royal red. I love the unexpected color but red isn’t my favorite. To keep the color close to the original inspiration I chose a girly hot pink. Flamingo pink was exactly what this desk needed to pizzazz it up. I thought about silver leafing the inside but those fussy little cubby holes were a deterrent. Flamingo Pink spray paint conquered those holes!
Originally, I intended to sell this piece – $20 plus paint, it would have been a quick sale and easy profit. But somewhere during the re-finishing part of our relationship, we bonded. It whispered how it would hide my entry way table clutter – keys and mail and stuff to put away. It coyly mentioned that it’s drawers would give easier access to my craft supplies. Yes, I was seduced and my good intentions forgotten.
Now that I knew we were in a long term relationship, I needed to make a deeper commitment. I wrote a dear John letter to my old entry way table – and then set it outside with a “free to a good home” sign. Then I took a closer look at the little glass knobs who were begging for more embellishment. This charming stencil from the Martha Stewart line tied in the star accents I already have in my home.
Now the little desk bureau is a happy welcome to my home (thanks for hiding my keys and mail) Yes, I’m still missing two glass knobs, but they are just an excuse to go to garage sales. Good relationships require effort, afterall!