Monday, March 15, 2010

Office Desk - Before and Afters

Oh how I love before and after photos. Those photos just make me excited for all the potential every piece of ugly furniture has. I love read do-it-yourself articles and blogs, and since I have a blank slate of a house ripe for the decorating, the articles couldn't be more perfect for me!

I received a free desk from my in-laws. Even Karl didn't want it. But I saw that it had enormous potential, plus, my current desk was very ugly. I mean $50 at target particle board covered with fake wood sticker ugly. Here is a picture:


To figure out my re-do for the desk I first had to figure out how I wanted to decorate my office. I cut out inspiration from painting magazines and created an "inspiration board." Karl hated the direction I was going. However, since I work from home and I work IN THE OFFICE I told him that he could have a room in the house that we could decorate any way HE wanted - perhaps the bathroom. :) He really didn't care but it was a funny conversation.

Anyway, I had my office theme and then I was ready to paint the desk. Here is my lovely desk BEFORE the transformation:


Notice the nasty stickers on the side, the peeling-up plastic, and the un-moderness of it all. But shapewise? I'll take it. I can do cool things to this desk.

So I started by peeling up all of the nasty plastic with a razorblade.


That part took forever. Then I sanded down the wood underneath the previous plastic with my awesome sander. I also sanded off all the stickers.

I then went to walmart and bought shiny black paint and polyurethane. I then went to the scrapbook store and bought scrapbook paper to line the back of my shelves.

I put on 3-4 coats of black paint over the whole desk and then put on 2 coats of quick-dry polyurthane. (that sounds like it was so fast. But it wasn't)

I then lined the previous shelf backing with my scrapbook paper via decopauage glue.

I contacted Karl's aunt who has a vinyl printing business and paid her to print out a big vinyl sticker that I designed in illustrator.

Once the desk was dry, I nailed on the back of the shelves that are now covered in pretty paper. I then put my big vinyl sticker across the top. Are you ready to see the transformation??????????????


SEXY SEXY DESK. Which Karl LOVES. He just couldn't see my vision in the beginning.

Here you can see better the sticker I designed and the back of the shelving:

And just because I love it so much and am so proud of it, here are tons more pictures of it.

Cute vase from target:

Side view:

Two diagonal views:


Desk again (the printer and junk has all been moved now)

AND GUESS WHAT??? I just got a FREE DRESSER!!! Stay tuned!


Heather said...

I'd like to take the time to make sure you know how appreciated your matching desktop wallpaper is! I love it! haha

you did an excellent excellent job and I am so impressed!!

Danielle Smith said...

Awesome job! I am totally jealous that I didn't get to help! I knew you were up to no good when I saw Karl's car parked in the driveway!

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh Ashley! That is amazing! I love the sticker and the vase! So cute!

Emily Hartvigsen said...

I love a good before and after! :) Great job!

Ashley said...

You guys are all so sweet to me! I love comments so I am so happy to receive comments! Thank you for all your great compliments!

Nathan said...

Wow, You're a photographer, Graphic designer, AND an interior designer? when is the interior design class? haha!