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Hi.

I'm Bri Garbani, a designer + photographer living in San Diego, California. It's here that I express my passion for dogs, design + DIY through writing + photography. If you like what you see, you'll want to check back often as I have a constant need to create + Native Blonde is my prime creative outlet.

Mid Century Modern Desk Make-Over

Mid Century Modern Desk Make-Over

I have officially completed my first furniture refinish project - check out my amazing ‘new’ mid-century modern desk!

I scored this local beauty off of Craigslist a few months ago + she’s been patiently waiting in my garage ever since, hopeful for a make-over.  Fifty bucks isn’t bad for a solid wood antique, but her age was definitely showing as you can tell by looking at the before pictures.  It didn’t take much TLC to get her looking young again + the project was pretty easy on time as well as my wallet.

I started this make-over by removing her blemishes with a deep cleansing facial (a carpenter might refer to this as stripping + sanding).  Then I decided to change her color (yes, I meant stain).  Brunette it is!  Ahem…I mean dark walnut.  Finally, I applied a glaze treatment (or rather, a topcoat sealant) + then added some sparkle with a few pieces of jewelry (her original hardware, just newly painted) for that final finishing touch.  And voilà!  Just look at her - isn’t she beautiful?

How much did this project cost me you ask?  As I stated earlier, the desk was $50.  Supplies such as sandpaper, stain, sealant, paint, + lint free rags cost about another $50.  As far as how much time it took - I spent the better part of 6 hours working on this desk revamp, easily completing it in one weekend.  If I hadn’t done the work myself, I could have spent $350+ for a similarly finished desk in this same Danish silhouette.  So, was it worth it?  Absolutely!  Not only did I get to personalize the look of this piece to my own taste, but the satisfaction of doing it myself is priceless.

So if you are also considering refinishing an old piece of furniture for your home, go for it!  This was my first refinish project and it turned out wonderfully. If you’re like me, I bet you’ll be glad you took the extra time to show an old piece of furniture some love + you’ll probably be looking forward to the next DIY project just as much as I am.

 

Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torches