There is something about a nice desk that makes a room feel lived in. Both Nick and I had desks in our rooms growing up and I loved having so many drawers at my disposal for stashing art supplies, treasures and journals. Although Jonas might be a little young still to take full advantage of a desk, we happened upon a nearly discarded desk with "good bones' so to speak, and I decided to re-finish it to make it suitable for our boy's room.
The desk how we found it had some crude stencil painting on the wood top (with several layers of yellowing varnish) and the rest of the desk was painted black and mint green. I say the desk was very nearly discarded, and it was, by us. It belonged to Nick's dad and when we were going through his house, the desk ended up on the curb with the ubiquitous "FREE" sign attached. In the moment, we had so much to deal with that neither of us could envision fixing up the desk. However, the next day the desk was still sadly sitting at the curb and I decided it should be preserved after all.
The desk sat in our garage in its black and mint glory for a year, plus or minus, in various stages of refinishing. I sanded the top of the desk into submission with my orbital sander and did a light sanding on the rest of the painted wood before priming it with an oil based primer. I like the look of the unpainted wood top and wanted to get down to bare wood again for staining. The drawers had suffered from use and aren't in the greatest condition, but i didn't have time or patience to fill any of the imperfections with wood putty. We'll just say that desk is a bit broken in.
The colors on the desk might look familiar, since they are the same colors I used for Jonas' play stove a year ago (which is getting lots of use these days). I used some stain we had left over from staining his bedroom dresser. The only thing I think I spent money on for this project were the new pulls. Overall, I was pleased with the makeover and glad the trusty old desk will get more years of use.