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Before and After: Desk/Console

This has been done so long and I never shared it!  I loved this desk the first moment I laid eyes on it.

It had these old stickers on it that weren’t the easiest to get off.  A little elbow grease and an electric sander finally did the trick!

I love the way it turned out!  The thing I like best is that I was able to refinish the gold caps on the feet.  They were covered with a tacky multi-colored urethane, but I got it all of the old fashioned way.  I think the original, cleaned up hardware looks amazing next to the glossy black paint job.

Check the gloss and the paper.  I used scrapbook paper I had on hand to line the drawer.  Love the print.

What do you think???

40 Comments on Before and After: Desk/Console

  1. Kim
    March 18, 2010 at 10:20 am (8 years ago)

    Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about!
    Girl the console alone is amazing, but that mirror! Wowee!! It just makes the whole look.

  2. Flavia @ Estilo Home
    March 18, 2010 at 10:57 am (8 years ago)

    It looks fantastic!! I love what you’ve done, especially the fun drawer liner!

  3. Adventures in Dressmaking
    March 18, 2010 at 11:03 am (8 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, beeeaaaautiful! I could use one of those in my place!
    I love the mirror above it, too.
    It also looks like you have a promising white vintage desk in your garage… what are the plans for that?

  4. Mrs. Chic
    March 18, 2010 at 11:06 am (8 years ago)

    Its super cute – talk about a transformation. Love that you used the original knobs!! Are you putting it in your entryway?….it looks great there!

  5. Michelle (Three Men and a Lady)
    March 18, 2010 at 11:18 am (8 years ago)

    Holy cow, that turned out stunning! It’s so lovely on its own but the way you styled it with the sunburst, lamp and basket really make it chic!

  6. L. Duncan
    March 18, 2010 at 11:26 am (8 years ago)

    You know I LOVE this piece! And can you please tell me where I’ve seen that lamp. I know that I recently saw one….Marshall’s?

  7. Champagne Taste
    March 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm (8 years ago)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I found a desk at the Good Will a few days ago and painted a high gloss black and it looks freaking FABULOUS!!!!! Check it out!!!

  8. Dayka (Life +Style)
    March 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm (8 years ago)

    thanks ladies! i love that other desk in my garage. i’m either going to sell it, or it may be going into a client’s space. i have to keep stuff for a little while so i can get over my emotions when it’s time to part!

  9. Sherri @ Design2Shine
    March 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm (8 years ago)

    I LOVE it! Wow! It really looks classy with the new coat of paint. Great job.

  10. Jesse
    March 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm (8 years ago)

    It looks fantastic!!

  11. Destination Seaborn
    March 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Ooh girl…that is sharp! I love the black knobs and feet. It’s styled perfectly with the lamp and mirror. All that’s missing is a pretty vase of flowers. PERFECT!

  12. theLENNOXX
    March 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm (8 years ago)

    That is just an incredible transformation! You have a great eye for good makeover potential *envious*. Love these posts!

    March 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm (8 years ago)

    This looks fantastic – you did a great job! I love the sunburst on top of it…the look is very luxurious

  14. charmaine
    March 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm (8 years ago)

    You did a great job! I love the whole look!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate all the comments.

  15. AB HOME Interiors
    March 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Just love that! I must get together with you when I go to Atlanta next!

  16. Dreams of Perfection
    March 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm (8 years ago)

    That is so slick! I love how you styled it too. I swear I wouldn’t let that piece go.

  17. Kirsten Sue
    March 19, 2010 at 12:57 am (8 years ago)

    Wow!!! Looks amazing! Great job.

  18. Decor I Adore
    March 19, 2010 at 8:52 am (8 years ago)

    I love it! You’re right, the way the gold shows through gives it that extra touch!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog 🙂

  19. Atticmag
    March 19, 2010 at 9:20 am (8 years ago)

    You picked the perfect color. It looks fabulous under your mirror and it’s a superb transformation job, for sure. Hope you will have time to come take our tour of the Architectural Digest Home Design show. — Jane F

  20. Lamp Tramp
    March 19, 2010 at 11:58 am (8 years ago)

    Your desk looks fabulous! Love the color and what an amazing mirror over the desk!

  21. Sharstin
    March 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm (8 years ago)

    so perfect!! you did an amazing job!

  22. Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog
    March 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm (8 years ago)

    I can’t belive that you’ve been keeping this from us.. it looks amazing! You have sucn an eye for great pieces!!

    PS Next time you have an issue with stickers, try rubbing it with vinegar.

  23. autumn
    March 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm (8 years ago)

    it turned out so great!
    you have a great eye.
    love the mirror and lamp with it…it looks so classy.

  24. Adrienne S.
    March 21, 2010 at 10:55 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Dayka. Excellent job! The console, the mirror, the whole arrangement looks like it came straight out of a magazine.

  25. Redesign Diva
    March 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Very nice, love how it turned out!

  26. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    March 22, 2010 at 7:58 am (8 years ago)

    OMG, that looks amazing. Talk about taking a diamond in the rough and making it shine!

    Hope you’ll stop by today, I actually mentioned you in my post today.

  27. Sarah @ Hennessey House
    March 23, 2010 at 11:43 am (8 years ago)

    wow! nice transformation! love it with that amazing starburst mirror.

  28. Miss Mustard Seed
    April 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Ew…the stickers. Been there. I love this console in black. It looks perfect under the sunburst mirror. Great work, as always.

  29. Jennae @ Green Your Decor
    April 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm (8 years ago)

    Ummm…seriously…swooning! LOVE the bones of the desk, the new black finish and the great look once paired with the mirror. It’s like you took my sense of style and did this just for me. Loves it!

  30. The DIY Show Off
    April 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm (8 years ago)

    Gorgeous rescue job! Thanks so much for linking to the DIY Project Parade (sorry I’m late but I love catching up!). I’m including a picture and link in this week’s recap. 🙂


  31. LAURA!!!
    April 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm (8 years ago)

    gawd this is ah-mazing. lovelove

  32. Barclay Stone
    June 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Dayka! Finally am getting to your fantastic blog! I love it! And, I especially love how you reburbish and repurpose the old pieces and show the before and afters! We are like-minded!
    Can’t wait to get going on my blog!(oh – wait a minute, yes I can, it seems scarey!)


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