During the freezing weather we had a few weeks ago here in Virginia, I had this desk along with a dresser and coffee table all sitting in my kitchen. I had decided since I was painting them all with the same plain white paint, that I would work on them all at once. Thankfully we have enough space in our kitchen to do that but the better news is, my husband suggested we turn our outdoor shed into my workshop, and find another shed for our lawn and garden equipment. Sounds good to me!
This old desk has been in my family for a long time now and has looked the same as long as I can remember. It belonged to my Great Grandmother, passed on to my Grandmother, then my Mom, then me, and now our son! This desk has made it through five generations and I have always loved the look of the desk, but now that it was going to be included in our son’s Avengers themed bedroom, it was time for a new look.
It had classic drawer pulls and the knobs on the top are just there for looks since the top of the desk opens for more storage. I really liked the gold paint on the edges….
As much as I enjoyed the old look of the desk I think it looks much better in our son’s bedroom now. A coat of primer and paint and new hardware gives it a whole new look! I painted it with Benjamin Moore’s Waterborne Satin Impervo…surprise, surprise! If you have seen any of my other projects, you’ll know that’s my go-to paint for cabinets and furniture that need to stand up to everyday use.
I found these cute and colorful desk accessories at HomeGoods. Our son especially likes the navy and green desk caddy set, since they will match with his Captain America and Hulk decor (that’s coming soon). And of course he wanted his UVA pencil and Washington Capitals hockey puck included in the photos. Sports and Super Heroes…that’s our boy all the way!
I found this brushed nickel lamp at the Home Depot when I went to purchase the hardware. I thought it was pretty, but still looked like a boy’s lamp….just a more grown-up look. It certainly went well with the ring pulls and the knobs.
I wanted to find hardware that was inexpensive but still looked good on the desk. I really liked the curved shape of the knobs and they were only $3 a piece.
After visiting the Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville a few months ago I got the idea to use ring pulls for the drawers, that looked so nice on the campaign desk they had featured in the boys bedroom. I found these ring pulls at the Home Depot for $3 a piece, which I’m sure compared to the ones in the Southern Living Idea house, are much more affordable!
His green desk chair we found at Ikea really stands out now against the desk. This is reason I decided to go with a plain white paint for the desk. I was having a hard time deciding on a paint color to go with his green chair and look good with his navy painted dressers. We plan on painting his walls gray, so I think painting the desk white was a good decision, although I usually prefer colorful painted furniture.
This was an easy project to complete and a lot of fun shopping for the accessories. A few things we have gathered over time so that helped ease the expenses some.
Here is a cost breakdown for the accessories.
Ring Pulls: $2.98 each (purchased 3)
Knobs: $2.97 each (purchased 4)
Desk Lamp: $29.97
HomeGoods accessories (tote, caddy set, clipboard): $15-$20
Green Desk Chair: $19.99 (purchased a few years ago, no longer available in green)
Green Wire Magazine Holder: $3 (Target Dollar Spot)
And I don’t exactly know the cost of paint since we already had it!
I don’t think the total cost was too bad, considering this desk has been in the family for a long time and we plan on keeping it in the family as long as we can. I wanted to make it last with durable paint and nice hardware pieces. Our son is almost 13 years old and we just replaced his Dad’s old pencil lamp with one that has a more “grown-up” look, so I’m sure he will have this new desk lamp for a long time to come. In the meantime, his Dad’s old pencil lamp will be stored away to hopefully pass along one day…along with this desk, for the 6th generation!