{Minted} School Desk Re-Vamp

There’s not much I love more than a {basically} FREE furniture re-vamp! The husband’s parents gave us this desk a few weeks ago. It was in pretty bad shape, but the bones were great. I loved the shape of the piece, and it’s the perfect size for an accent table.

What do you guys think? I must admit that I’m pretty obsessed with it! The light mint color is gorgeous next to our dark grey walls, and the oil-rubbed bronze pulls really pop now.

Here’s a picture of the finish on the desk just before I got to work on it. Whew! That finish was just calling out for some love & affection {I am also re-vamping the matching chair, but that’s for another time}! For me it’s been difficult to find pieces that are real wood & still sturdy, so I knew I had a great piece on my hands.

After re-finishing the desk, I placed it in the entrance to the master bedroom as a console-type table. I’ve been searching for something to put near the door where we can place our keys, empty our pockets, etc. Bonus points for being a place where I can work on my laptop and store blog stuff!

I couldn’t get a great picture of the knobs, but they have great detail on them. It’s really hard to find that sort of craftsmanship these days. And I can’t get over the doors that lock! We don’t have the keys for them, but I think it’s a great vintage touch.

As you can tell from my pictures, the color of the desk really has a life of its own. Most of the time the color is similar to the first photo; however, sometimes it looks almost white with a hint of blue.

For a touch of pizazz, I painted the sides of the drawers yellow. In real life the color feels a little more pastel. It’s definitely lighter, and I love it! The drawers were in great condition, so I only painted the sides. Maybe soon I’ll line the drawers with a colorful wrapping paper. The chair that goes with this desk may or may not be getting a fun pop of yellow also… ;-)

This is a photo of the desk from the entrance to our room. The other door just past the desk is our bathroom door. I am working on finding some great accessories to spruce up the space a little, but for now I am incredibly proud of how the desk turned out! It always amazes me how a simple can of paint can do wonders for a piece.

*EDIT: I used Dutch Boy Dura Clean paint in Satin to re-finish this piece. The colors are Fresh Mint & Lemon Trees by Dutch Boy.

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  1. Love it! The pop of yellow is perfect! You may find a key that works, older locks like that are terribly simple. The antique key I gave my husband when we were dating serendipitously fit in a roadkill treasure we picked up while living in Florida. Good luck!

  2. THAT’S AMAZING!!! I wannnnnnt!

  3. Beautiful! I love the color and the pulls look perfect against the mint color!! What paint and color is this that you used? I’d like to use it on a piece I have waiting to be painted!
    I’d love for you to link this up at my Creatively Tuesdays at The Rustic Pig at http://www.therusticpig.com/2012/10/creatively-tuesdays-6.html#.UIfwGsXAe3Y


    • Thank you so much! I think this is my FAVORITE piece I’ve ever refinished! I made an edit above with the paint colors…they’re both Dutch Boy!

  4. I love this times 10! is so beautiful and yes it looks fabulous along your grey walls! great job!

  5. Great job! I have an old desk from my parents home that I’ve been wanting to refinish but just couldn’t think of a good color for the style of desk. I was going to try to stain it but since the deak I have is very similar to yours I think I’ll borrow your idea of painting it a nice mint color. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.

  6. Such a great transformation! I love the color!

  7. So cute. It’s so much like a desk I just found curbside. Mine was redone a dark swirly pattern by whomever redid it before. This light color you chose is sweet!

  8. This looks awesome! Great job. I just found you over at the CHQ blog hop. I am your newest follower and would love if you could come visit my blog and follow.


  9. Okay… Now I want it back!!! Lol
    Can’t wait to see it in person! You are so amazing! God has really blessed you with a unique talent for color, design, and style.
    P.s. I almost threw it in the burn pile! Arghhhhhhhh!

  10. My sister would be ALLLL over this! Such a great outcome and you are so talented! Thanks for coming to party with us at Whimsy Wednesday:) Those knobs are everything!

    Smart! School {House}

    • Thanks! Mint is my current obsession. I knew the pulls would look better painted than in their original state, but I wasn’t expecting them to go SO well with the mint…I think I’m in love <3 !

  11. I wondered what you meant by “minted” and now I can see, it’s just lovely! What a beautiful color and it does look fantastic against the gray wall. Nice work!

  12. Love the mint color your chose :) Fabulous re-vamp. Hugs, Kelly

  13. ..that was one ugly duckling …it is now a gorgeous swan….just beautiful…xo

  14. Well, I have to admit I’m mildly obsessed with it too! I am such a sucker for gray and the piece looks awesome next to the wall! Such a great job and fabulous color choice!

  15. LOVE! Great color choice! I’d love for you to link this up at Do Something Crafty Friday: http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/10/do-something-crafty-63/

  16. Great re-do. Love the color – Joining from Shine on Fridays – http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

  17. Love it! The color is simply perfect.

  18. This is so cute! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  19. I love this color and the pop of yellow on the drawers. Great job.

    Peggy @ southscapedesigns.com

  20. so so pretty! i love that mint color!
    Would love if you came and linked up with us. We’re giving away one free week of ad space for one lucky feature, and our blog gets thousands of hits per day! Hope to see you there!


  21. I really really really like the color you used. What a drastic transformation from UGLY to gorgeous…..
    You are awesome!

    happy Halloween!
    hugs ~ Crystelle

  22. so cute, love the makeover!

  23. I adore this desk. The colour and the dark hardware and the shape of it. Jealous! No really, you did a fantastic job with it, you should be so proud of yourself!

    Visiting from http://www.thislittleestate@blogspot.ca

  24. The colors are perfect! I redid a vanity for my daughter and it has those old key holes as well. Love ‘em! You certainly breathed wonderful new life into this piece. Awesome!!

  25. loving this. my granny had this desk!

  26. Gorgeous! I love the dark hardware against the green color!

  27. Wow, this is great! Love the color. Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  28. Great job! It definitely looks better! I know you mentioned a chair, but I also wonder if something centered under the open area would give it a unitized look for your console idea. A stack of old suitcases, decorative boxes, baskets, or a cube shaped ottoman….might be fun! The chair can be an accessory to the side. I like the drawer pulls! It’s great that you found a way to repurpose it!

  29. I love refinished furniture..it’s so fun! And that desk is amazing…I’m totally jealous! Visiting from the blog party – Marvelous Mondays :)

  30. turned out beautiful!!! really love this color…and the hidden yellow, brilliant idea!

  31. This desk looks a lot like the one that I did for the challenge!! I love the shape & the color you chose! Thanks so much for sharing & for linking up to the “Thrift It” party!

  32. I really like the color you picked to paint it. It looks fresh and ready to be enjoyed.

  33. This looks absolutely lovely. Great color. The pulls are terrific! What a great piece.

  34. Yes! loving anything minty these days :) Thanks for linking up.

  35. Saw your desk over at Emily Clark’s link party. Thanks for sharing. My grandfather gave me one that looks just like it and now I know I must paint it!


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