Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The "New" computer desk

When we were getting ready to welcome Molly into our family, we needed to do a little rearranging in our house. The "office" became Anna's room, so everything in there needed a place to go. Unfortunately, we don't have many places to put our things, except our basement. That was fine for some of the stuff we didn't use regularly, but we knew that our computer needed to be upstairs. The only place to go with it was our bedroom. Not the most ideal spot, but it works. I got this computer armoire right after I graduated from college. It worked well for me, but because of the way it had to be in our room, we couldn't close the doors, so everything was always out in the open.

This is a picture of the airmoire in the "office" shortly after we moved in.

Seeing the computer and clutter around it in our room was driving me nuts. I knew I would much prefer a desk with drawers that I could hide some of that stuff.

Here's a couple more shots that I took when we sold it on Craigslist. (I HEART Craigslist)

I knew we couldn't afford to buy a new computer desk. But we had this desk sitting in our basement, collecting dust, literally. It was a desk that I inherited (like most of my furniture) from my dad when he and Peggy got married and consolidated homes. It was in a little bit rough shape, but I knew a little paint and love could fix that.

I'm really bad about taking before pictures, so this is the only one I have. This is in the room that is now the nursery, shortly after we moved in.

I gave it a light sanding, spray primed it with

and then gave it a couple coats of Rustoleum's Heirloom White.

I also gave it a light coat of spray clear acrylic, just to add some protection. 
 I also soaked the part of the handles in Brasso and gave them a good scrub and spray painted the inner plastic piece black. There were a few bumps in the road, (bubbles... grr) but overall, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. 

It so nice and refreshing and clean.

We also sold the black and chrome computer chair along with the armoire. It wasn't that nice of a chair and annoyed me as well. We have a couple of these chairs sitting in the garage, once again collecting dust and bugs, literally. I plan to recover the seat and paint the chair, but that will have to wait a bit. 

I love this little detail on the bottom of the desk. Too bad the carpet makes it hard to see. 

I have a few more plans for our room. I want to paint, and put some things on the wall. There are few things up right now,  but I never moved them when we rearranged the furniture, and now they look like they are just hung randomly on the wall. I would love to get rid of these polished brass vanity lights and the 7 foot generic mirror. Seriously, who needs a mirror that large? But this is a parsonage, so anything we do that major needs to be approved and paid for by the church. Who knows if that will happen while we are still living here. :)

One thing that I hope to remedy while my dad is here over Easter is this border.

I can't believe I've lived with it for almost 4 years.

Anyway, I'm loving my "new" computer desk. Especially, when I can open the window on a beautiful day and sip my coffee while listening to Pandora and reading my favorite blogs. :)
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  1. Great job! It looks so fresh and clean now!

  2. I love how the desk turned out! Good luck with that border :)

  3. Your new computer desk looks good. I love your choice of color. White illuminated the room and made it lighter and more inviting. Great job on the paint!

    Lance Vartanian