My Red Desk

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Querer es Poder

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I’ve always wanted a red desk. It’s hard to say why, but I’ve admired them since I was a little girl. I’ve been looking for one for quite some time, but most desks, red or not, are just too big for the space I have and frankly, they can get a bit expensive.

So I searched and searched and found this little desk on craigslist, and even though it wasn’t the right color, it was the perfect size for me.

Desk before transformation

The funny things is, a few years ago, I would have passed up this perfect sized desk and kept looking because the color was wrong.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned while doing these projects with Lowes  (this month’s challenge was to do a furniture makeover and refinishing), it’s how just a smidgen of paint and a little bit of time can make a world of difference.

In just two and a half hours, I sanded all the surfaces…

Sanding desk

…painted two coats of luscious red, this one is called Grenadine…

Red desk side

…and added a couple of special details to make it my own (Querer es Poder means something in the line of “If there’s a will, there’s a way,” or “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”). I like having it written right in front of me when I’m working. It helps keep me going.

Red desk with white details

What do you think? Simple, but I love it!

Red desk after

Here is a list of materials I used:

  • Valspar ultra paint+primer semigloss interior in Eddie Bauer Grenadine (EB38-3) color
  • Valspar paint satin in Belle Grove Antique White (530812)
  • Sandpaper (medium grit)
  • Paint brush (2 in)
  • Paint brush (very small for white details)
  • Ground cloth

Office red desk

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Mayito Castillo

El cambio fue total. Me encanta ese color, le da vida al lugar donde lo pongas. Increible que, con tan pocos materiales, y en tan poco tiempo hayas hecho esta obra de arte. Ya eres una experta te felicito Silvia!

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