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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bamboo Desk Makeover!

You may remember when I posted about finding this Lexington faux bamboo desk at an antique shop in the NC mountains.
The desk was in absolutely perfect condition, and while the cream color was pretty, I thought another color could really make it stand out. In fact, I almost overlooked it in the antique shop because of its nondescript color. The fabulous style is really lost in this beigey color, and I knew that would be an easy fix! You can see that it was priced at $70 (!!) but we were able to negotiate it down to $65. This is half of what a particleboard desk would cost at Target (and a fraction of what this desk would cost retail), and this desk is real wood and a heck of alot cuter than anything I've seen lately! The big task was deciding on a color. I was initially thinking black, but the more I thought about, the more I thought a glossy red would look fabulous and really show off the desk's chippendale detailing. I took Nick Olsen's advice and bought a few cans of red enamel Rustoleum. Sounds crazy, but he says it is a dead-ringer for Fine Paints of Europe's Tulip Red, and I believe it. It is the perfect cherry red- not too orange, not too blue, just perfect. Time to paint! I did sand the desk a bit first, but I don't really think that was necessary.
It took about 3 coats to get it completely even. This picture shows the shadows from the trees on the top of the desk.
And, the (almost) finished product. I love how it turned out. I think the red really makes the lines of the desk stand out! (By the way- use a dropcloth. I skipped that step, and the red paint made the back yard look like an unfortunate crime scene- and it doesn't disappear after the grass is mowed once).
Here it is in its final resting place, in a little corner of the den. The room is mainly blue and white, so I love the pop of red with this desk.
Here is a better angle of the finished product (ignore the cords that have since been hidden).
And with the pictures hung and a little "styling"... I updated this brass lamp with a black shade, and I love how it turned out. I think you can definitely use brass without it looking outdated!

Voila! From boring and beige to the perfect pop of red!

22 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm not sure which I'm more excited about...the makeover or the price tag. I think it's fantastic!

Lalla said...

Looks fabulous! I love the red. How did you end up hiding the wires and cords?

Anonymous said...

So pretty! I absolutely love it. And that red does pop!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

This is great! I love the outcome...The red lacquer turned out amazing and I love it in the space with the navy and white accents! What a find!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

WOW!! You girls always score the best finds. It looks so fabulous.

Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

LOVE this!!! I LOVE the red!!! This looks like something you purchased from Pottery Barn or something. And for $70 - what a steal!!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome project!!!

Jeannine said...

That's fantastic! I was just thinking of doing a radical color change to an average piece of furniture...maybe you've given me the courage to give it a shot.

Anonymous said...

I want one! Incredible job!

Nina said...

That looks fabulous, and what a steal! Good job!

LindsB said...

I'm so jealous, I've always wanted a bamboo desk, table, chair...anything really. Red was the perfect choice, it looks perfect there- LOVE it!!

Poseidon said...

i am also from the bamboo home decor , such bamboo furniture is really amazing, i think it can also position as a DIY furniture too!

Semigloss Chic said...

That's fantastic...who knew, Rustoleum!

My Notting Hill said...

The desk looks amazing! Thanks for passing on the Rustoleum tip.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

OMG! Uh-MA-zing!! Think you "chose wisely" with the glossy, bright red - it is fantastic!

Carole said...

Oh, how I absolutely love this desk and your color choice! What a bargain you got.

Lovely Little Nest said...

My mom has a bamboo desk just like this! She was going to sell it at a yard sale until she found out I was pining for it. Hers is yellow but I'm going to paint it white and put it in our soon to be slate gray (or maybe charcoal?) guest room/office. Such a great find! :)

urbansardines said...

I love this! I am going to have to hunt for a little desk I can redo! I also love the IKAT fabric on the chair and curtains. Great job!

fric and frac said...

This is so my cup of tea! Love the red and love the faux bamboo! You did a beautiful job!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Great job - looks awesome!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

great find. love the price!

Nicole Torres said...

Again, gorgeous. I love the red! different and a bold move. Looks great and I cant wait to try a red color paint on a piece of furniture. Maybe the four Thonet Chairs that I was given. Thanks -nt

County Line Road said...

I love this red desk!

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