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Before and After: Campaign Desk (finally!)

Today’s the day I post it.
The desk.

This process ended up taking a bit longer than I expected, but I couldn’t be happier with the results.  One benefit to the extra time is that the desk has been allowed to fully cure, so I know it’s now ready for the furious scribbling of all my ideas and late night typing sessions.  Here’s where it started.

I wrote more about it here.

The transformation for this piece required some cleaning, wood putty, and a few layers of primer, paint, and urethane.  This, of course, is in addition to the Brasso for the hardware.  

It wasn’t as bright as I would’ve liked this afternoon, so I had to use the flash on my camera which cast some funky shadows.  Don’t worry–the walls in my office are not baby blue. In reality, they’re more of a blueish-grey, and it makes for a great place to read and study.  I have another project I’ve been working on for above the desk, so hopefully I’ll be able to get it done and blog about it next week.  My office makeover is far from finished, but I’m on my way!


47 Comments on Before and After: Campaign Desk (finally!)

  1. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    April 29, 2010 at 8:16 am (5 years ago)

    Dayka, I’m kicking myself. I just got rid of my son’s old desk-it was exactly like this. I didn’t think paint would help. Now that I see how great this looks I wish I could turn back the clock!

    I am imagining many hours of designing at that desk with school in your future!

  2. Tammy@InStitches
    April 29, 2010 at 8:22 am (5 years ago)

    It looks amazing ! What a huge improvement, love the brass hardware.

  3. The_Richards
    April 29, 2010 at 8:28 am (5 years ago)

    It turned out beautiful!!!

  4. The Zhush
    April 29, 2010 at 8:35 am (5 years ago)

    It came out amazing! So chic and fresh.

  5. Terry
    April 29, 2010 at 9:07 am (5 years ago)

    You certainly made the world a better place with this one.

  6. charmaine
    April 29, 2010 at 9:44 am (5 years ago)

    Looks great Dayka! I’m sure your office is going to be awesome.

  7. niki.mac
    April 29, 2010 at 9:52 am (5 years ago)

    You did an awesome job, I love it!

  8. Get Togetha
    April 29, 2010 at 10:08 am (5 years ago)

    It looks great! I love a vintage white piece!

  9. Full House
    April 29, 2010 at 10:20 am (5 years ago)

    That looks gorgeous and very high end.

    Love the way it turned out…you will never tire of white either.

  10. L. Duncan
    April 29, 2010 at 10:59 am (5 years ago)

    Now I want that dresser from my inlaws even more! Girl, that dresser got that spit shine. It dont need polish (name that song)!

    Are you going to SCAD tonight?

    April 29, 2010 at 11:15 am (5 years ago)

    Good job Dayka!!! It’s beautiful. I really love the hardware.

  12. other-option
    April 29, 2010 at 11:19 am (5 years ago)

    Fan-freakin’-tastic! In love it! Great job.

  13. Mrs. Chic
    April 29, 2010 at 11:40 am (5 years ago)

    The transformation on yuor desk is so pretty! I love how it turned out

  14. Raquel
    April 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Day- I LOVE it!

  15. autumn
    April 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm (5 years ago)

    wow! it turned out fabulously!
    i know you were a little concerned about how bright the brass hardware was, but i really like how shiny it is with the crisp white paint.
    i think it would look smashing in my new house…with my new office chair!!

  16. Suzanne
    April 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm (5 years ago)

    You do great work! It looks very classy.

  17. blydesign
    April 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Great paint job!

  18. Kiki Pierre'
    April 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, highly impressive! If only I had enough patience to sit down and do something like this! I love the brass finishings… it’s beautiful and looks expensive!

  19. Claire Watkins, ASID allied
    April 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Looks phenomenal! I could completely see it with a little black cane chair from Ballard, too. Way to go on all that hardware, too!

  20. Tamstyles
    April 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm (5 years ago)

    pure love…just pure love. I am not the jealous type…but I AM JELLLLLLY JELLLLY JELLY! DAMN!

  21. Adrienne S.
    April 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Brilliant! (*Hand Clap*)

  22. autumn
    April 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm (5 years ago)

    hee. hee.
    you are right! maybe it’s MY chair that should visit YOUR desk!
    either way, they make quite the pair!

  23. shannon
    April 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this this turned out. The desk has a very unique look to it which is fabulous. The drawers remind me of file boxes. Love it!

  24. charm home
    April 30, 2010 at 7:41 am (5 years ago)

    I {heart) that desk!!! Amazing job on refurbishing it. xo, Cristi

  25. thelennoxx
    April 30, 2010 at 8:02 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, it turned out FABOULUS!! I absolutely love this transformation! The metal details makes all the difference. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you have the best eye for makeover potential!

  26. alison (semi-fab lane)
    April 30, 2010 at 9:56 am (5 years ago)

    it looks so good and expensive! i had a dresser like that when i was a kid. i think my parents still have it in their basement. hmmm? maybe i have a new project on my hands… thanks for all the inspiration, you’re awesome!

  27. beki
    April 30, 2010 at 10:49 am (5 years ago)

    looks awesome!!

  28. Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow
    May 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm (5 years ago)

    you have outdone yourself! I love the wall color. it’s similar to what i have in my office. it’s sooo soothing isn’t it!?

  29. Jesse
    May 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm (5 years ago)

    It is Gorgeous, You did such a great job!

  30. Elisa @ whatthevita
    May 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm (5 years ago)

    It looks BRAND NEW – like you bought it yesterday! LOVE.

  31. Hello Lover...
    May 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Love it! It turned out amazing – would you mind sharing some instructions?!

  32. Miss Mustard Seed
    May 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm (5 years ago)

    That piece looks awesome! I love how your worked with the existing hardware. You are good.

  33. Joi
    May 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Oooh, I just love it!

  34. paula
    May 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm (5 years ago)

    It’s stunning!

  35. Jennae
    May 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm (5 years ago)

    I am looking for a piece exactly like this right now! Either something similar to this or like the desk/console that you painted black. The $5 Goodwill desk I’ve been using for the last few years is falling apart, and I’m determined to find a piece to refinish in its place!

  36. Doug Eash
    June 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm (5 years ago)

    WOW! great desk and super chair to go with it, you did a great job.

  37. Julie
    July 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your campaign desk transformation- it turned out so cute! I just painted one as well and featured yours as inspiration on my blog post. I debated going white but, in the end, decided on grayish blue. I’m obsessed!


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