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{Desk}–before & after


1st things 1st – WELCOME to all my new followers!!  The response from being on the NATE SHOW has been awesome!!  The whole thing still hasn’t sank in yet – I am getting calls from all around the U.S. inquiring about my furniture, and the emails – my inbox was full before, now its exploding and I am slowly trying to get back with all of you.  And i am working on getting a link from my segment posted here.

I have some changes on this blog coming – and hopefully soon, it will be much more user friendly.  If you are wondering why a lot of my pics say Sweet Pickins, that’s my other blog where I sell my furniture – and that will be one of the changes coming, 2 blogs arent easy!  I cant even keep up with one!!  Anyways – more to come on that later as well :)


K – on with the desk.  I found this desk on the side of the road – just sitting there all by itself, so sad looking.  I did what any good junk girl would do and shoved that thing in the car before anyone told me that it wasn’t free, I always think in my head “what if they are just preparing for a garage sale or something and I am out stealing their inventory!?!?”  oh well….

Before…good wood, nice and sturdy, but dated with that dark color and the hardware.


after….painted a gray color with a dark brown primer under, distressed, then glazed with a black stain.  hardware updated.  Huge difference.







The 411

Primer = Valspar primer tinted a dark brown

Paint = Gris by Sherwin Williams (#7659)

Clear Coat = Varathane in a high gloss

Hardware = Hobby Lobby




20 Responses to {Desk}–before & after

  1. Angela October 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    This turned out beautifully! I really love the gray color you chose too!

  2. Jenn Gray October 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    It looks great in my house. It looks like its 100 years old…in a good way.

  3. Ellen October 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Looks like an entirely different desk. Perfect example of what a good coat of paint will do for something! :)

  4. Shari October 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I love this!

  5. A Southern Rose October 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    It looks great! I love saving a piece of furniture too. I would've done the same thing and picked it up. I do it all of the time. lol I've often wondered too about the garage sale thing.(I would be so embarrased)
    I watched the Nate show for the first time and it was the day you were on there! Congrats!
    I love all of your furiniture re-dos and your blog.

  6. Brooke Nicole October 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    that turned out Great! I love it .

  7. Rhonda October 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Wow that did turn out amazing! Great job – and congrats on your successes!

  8. Fiona October 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi Sausha, congrats on the blog/show success. I'm in Australia so haven't seen the show but would love to see it online if you can post a clip or link.
    Love the desk. Can't believe you found it!
    Cheers Fiona

  9. JunkySouthernGurl2 October 2, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    So excited for you and all your publicity!! The desk is awesome…you are inspiring me everyday to paint, refinish and look at what I already have with new eyes!! Thx so much and congrats.

    xoxo, Andi

  10. April @ The Painted Cupboard October 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Gorgeous as always!!

  11. Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy October 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    I love it!

  12. Aquilter October 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Wow! I just love this project and think it turned out great! I have a daughter-in-law that would just go crazy over the gray color :)

  13. marie October 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I love how all those wonderful details pop with the color you chose to paint it. It looks great!

  14. Janice October 3, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    THANK YOU for posting your materials, colors, etc. It's so helpful!

  15. Lindsay October 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    So funny that you totally ripped this off the curb, that's awesome. Other people would look at that as junk but not us DIYers.. Love the end result, lovin the grey. Great job.

  16. M.L. @ The House of Whimsy October 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    OH…..I was in Manhattan on September 23, but not at the Nate Show. : (
    I watch him almost everyday, so I'm REALLY hoping you will put a link up to your segment!
    Mary Lou

  17. Carolina October 10, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    So love this. have one in my junk collection waiting to get some love

  18. Alisha October 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Just found your site…I totally love it! and I love this piece. It's so unfortunate that I don't live in Utah anymore! We are remodeling our house and you've given me all sorts of ideas for our furniture :) Thanks!

  19. Nicole October 16, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    That's an amazing transformation!
    For the Beauty of the Earth

  20. Michele Alger October 19, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    This transformation is sincerely stunning! I am loving your site! Thanks for sharing!! ;)

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