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Monday, May 16, 2011

... Value of a desk.

Let me start this post with the picture of a receipt...


Now check out the pictures of the purchase.

What?!
Really?!
 $9.99?!
I have made some good deals during the years but I have to tell you that I have NEVER bought such a beautiful piece of furniture for such an
amazing price before.
 I normally wait until the end of my post to reveal the final look of my projects
but today I am way too excited...
 so allow me to show you the  picture of my new "old desk".



I worked on this desk on and off during the course of three days;
here are some of the things I did and learned in the process...




1.  I Cleaned the desk, I  removed the hardware and filled the holes.
{My baby girl thought that the DryDex was yogurt...you can see the disappointment on her face when I told her
" Mimi, you can't eat that!"



2. I sanded it:
{Most of the times in order to restore and see true beauty we need to clean up and get rid of some old "unwanted" layers.
If you are wondering
What's up with the green shoe?
I thought that you may want to see my foot, perhaps you are tired of seeing my hands ;)}




3. I painted the inside of the drawers turquoise
{ We need to  look deeper to see what is inside!}


4. I took a break!
Anything looks better after Hot Chocolate...



5.  I painted the entire desk white I mean BLACK:
{At times things need to get darker before...}




{...they get lighter and brighter.}
6. I painted the entire desk white:


7. I antiqued the desk:
I used one simple tool to achieve this look:
my good friend the electric sander.
The amount of pressure  determined how deep  into the layers of paint I went.





7. I repainted and reinstalled the hardware.


I loved working on this desk.
 I found myself often thinking about the similarities the desk has with life in general. As I was sanding the edges a small thought crossed my mind and I felt a sense of gratitude for all the "layers" and experiences that I've had in my own life. All those layers at the end of the day are
what have made us who we are today...
 Don't you think?





In the end for me it is as simple as this...
Price and value are NOT the same thing.
Sometimes appearance can blind us and take away from the true worth of things  as a  moment..., people, or of something as simple as an old desk.



The End!
Visit thecsiproject.com

 PS: I am so excited my desk is one of the 10 TOP Projects at the diy CLUB :)
Tip Junkie handmade projects


STOP: Before you go check all the other amazing Link Parties on my Party page, 
 that I visited and linked up as well.
Thanks and GO PARTY!


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61 Comments:

At May 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Bonnie Tucker said...

I love it!!!! I don't know how you got it done so fast!!!!

 
At May 16, 2011 at 12:02 PM , Blogger The House Creative said...

Gorgeous makeover! Thanks for sharing this with me.

 
At May 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Ty and Whitty said...

That desk is gorgeous. I am now on the HUNT for one! Thank you for sharing the white is amazing and I love the different color inside the drawers. I found you through keeping it simple linky party. I also pinned this in my pinterest file. Come and follow me. Also come and say hi I love visitors and I will be doing my first giveaway very soon so come on over.

tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

 
At May 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Pemberley Court said...

Oh my gosh i am in love with the turquoise insides!!! I started a post last week about that color....just haven't finished it! The time the time ....sigh

As usual another beautiful project you have created!

 
At May 16, 2011 at 10:38 PM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Wow, what a deal, it came out great! I'd love for you to link this up to our wicked awesome wednesday party this week, if you can. :-)

 
At May 17, 2011 at 4:17 AM , Blogger Karima said...

Hi from your newest follower/s I found you via Handmade Tuesdays. Now google and facebook following you, Karima from
www.karimascrafts.com
and
www.karimasblogs.blogspot.com

I love what you did with this desk!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 4:59 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

Wow! Such a great bargain! You've done a wonderful job, it looks lovely, painting the inside of the drawers is a lovely idea!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! :) GREAT work and thank you so much for sharing! What a fantastic (and affordable) find!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 7:44 AM , Blogger NicoleLynn said...

Whoa! LOVE! Looks amazing, and the best part is the $$$!! You go girl!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Unreal. I love it and the price is fabulous. YOu did such a great job on it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

 
At May 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Audrey @ the audzipan anthology said...

Wow! I just barely acquired a rolltop desk that looks EXACTLY like this one! Mine is in a lot better shape, but I want to redo it too. I am thinking something bold with a dark glaze over top, but I love what you have done as well.

 
At May 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Aubrey said...

Love! Love! And the turquoise inside...just plain brilliant!!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 8:20 AM , Blogger La-Dee-da crafter said...

Wow, amazing transformation. I love it. I took your button for your party and will come back on Thursday to link up!!!
ladeedacreations.com

 
At May 17, 2011 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Scribbler said...

What a deal! Great job.

 
At May 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Blogger vanilla bean said...

I absolutely LOVE it!!! You gotta love those amazing thrift store finds! Great job! I loved the inside turquoise idea!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger wonder forest said...

amazing transformation! and wow!! that price!!! it was meant to be yours ;)

xo
dana
thewonderforest.com

 
At May 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Courtney said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I cant believe you got that for 10 bucks, and you turned it into one amazing work of art.

 
At May 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

awesome results!

-Ashley
www.DesignBuildLove.co

 
At May 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

Fabulous! Love, love, love it! I'm a new follower and can't wait to go check out the rest of your posts!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM , Blogger Cherished Bliss said...

Great job! I love antiqued furniture! It looks great and if my kids wack it, it just adds a little more character! I hope you will share at my party!

http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/05/craft-and-tell-tuesday-no-5-and-new.html

 
At May 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM , Blogger Ashley said...

um AMAZING.... girl got skills:)

 
At May 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM , Blogger Nike said...

So lucky! That desk would have been $75 at our thrift store. Turned out AMAZING!

 
At May 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

yay, thanks for coming over and linking this up to our Wicked Awesome wed. link party.

 
At May 18, 2011 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Kari said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I love that you painted the inside of the drawers the aqua - it looks so good with the white! Great job!!!

 
At May 18, 2011 at 6:59 AM , Blogger Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

Fact: I will never ever find a deal like this one. Fact: This desk is GORGEOUS! Fact: Your new header from this post is lovely.

 
At May 18, 2011 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Jeannies Bottle said...

what a SCORE!!! It looks amazing...great make-over.

 
At May 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

Thank you all soooooooooo much! I am touched by your sweet comments. Have a great day! {♥}

 
At May 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM , Blogger Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

This is stunning!! You did a wonderful job on bringing out the beauty of the desk. TFS!!

Stopping by from Sugar and Dots.
http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/wool-buffalo-check-coat-finished.html

 
At May 18, 2011 at 6:57 PM , Blogger EllaBooandCo. said...

I found you through Handy Man, Crafty Woman and I am so glad I did! That desk is absolutely gorgeous, I love it and you did an amazing job - I am a very new blogger and I will be following you to see all your creations!

 
At May 19, 2011 at 4:15 AM , Blogger scrappyjen said...

Ohhh I want that desk. Love it. Love it. Love it.

 
At May 19, 2011 at 4:49 AM , Blogger Megan said...

Love love love it! The color and distressing look amazing and what a great deal!!!

 
At May 19, 2011 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Katie said...

WOW--what a deal! I hunt and hunt and never find any amazing deals like this! You did a great job revamping it too! I'd love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy and link up this desk!

 
At May 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM , Blogger lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

absolutely beautiful you did a really good job..

 
At May 19, 2011 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

What a great makeover! It's always fun to find pieces with "good bones", and even better to find them for so cheap! Great job!

 
At May 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Christina said...

Ahhhh I LOVE this! The price and colors are GREAT...I truly love the inside of the drawers!!

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

 
At May 19, 2011 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Really cute! Love the inside of the drawers!

 
At May 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM , Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Really beautiful! Definitely a great price AND a great value!

 
At May 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Score! $9.99! Awesome price and awesome makeover. The desk looks fabulous- your really gave it a new life.

 
At May 20, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Michelle {not Shelly} said...

Wowzers! Beautiful job! And I thought I got my roll top desk cheap at $37 !! That is amazing! Check out my blog if you would like to see the roll top I did, I am a new follower! Michelle http://www.stitchawishdesigns.blogspot.com

 
At May 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Pink Ink Doodle said...

OMG. i. {heart}. this. thank you for sharing. I have a roll top desk sitting in my basement and now i know what im doing with it...awesome!! I saw your link on somewhat simple. love the blog!

 
At May 22, 2011 at 7:07 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

super cute! I love goodwill finds!!

Tiffany, I blog over at:
http://itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com/

 
At May 23, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger james said...

Oh how I adore your desk.

 
At May 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

You have such a great eye!! and great shoes and a cool cup :) I love your thought process through it all and the great analogies you made. I also LOVE your desk chair!

 
At May 23, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Christina said...

I featured this today on my blog...come grab a "featured" button...I LOVED this project!

http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/2011/05/features.html

 
At May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Jaime said...

I featured you on Toast of Tuesday! Come grab a button!!

http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/05/toast-of-tuesday_24.html

 
At May 26, 2011 at 3:11 AM , Blogger Martha said...

Great job! The desk is a beauty!

 
At May 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM , OpenID fabulous50shousewife said...

Amazing transformation. What a great deal on the desk, I love good finds!

 
At May 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM , Blogger {nifty thrifty things} said...

Amazing! I'm so in love with this project!!
I'll be featuring this at tomorrow's linky party!
Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
I hope to see you again tomorrow!
xoxo,
Vanessa

 
At May 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

This is so crazy! I LOVE it!!
The crazy thing is I am doing something similar on a desk but well opposite.... mine is kind of a turquoise on the outside (without distressing) but cream on the inside. Its not finished as we have been having tons of rain. (I was concerned I wasn't going to like the effect but seeing yours I know it will turn out... thank you!!)

 
At May 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Blogger kellie said...

WOW this looks so great, you did a beautiful Job.. I love finding deals like that, though they are far and few between.
Also love all the tidbits of life along the way. It was great reading your post.
Kellie

 
At May 31, 2011 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

That desk turned out amazing! And what a great price you got it for! fantastic! {stopping by from the Sugar & Dots "Awesome" button} :)

 
At June 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Mimi said...

Beautiful desk transformation! I love what you have done. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Catwalk!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Miss Charming said...

The desk looks wonderful! (Great price!) I really love the turquoise drawers. I'll have to borrow that idea on my next project!

 
At June 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Lani said...

Amazing!

 
At June 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Sheri said...

The desk looks wonderful! I found it doing a search for refinishing roll top desks. I am a new owner of an old roll top found on craigslist that looks VERY much like this one! I was wondering how you painted/treated the roll top part? Could you post pictures of that? My husband and I are stumped on how we distress, let alone, paint that without effecting the roll or the top (har,har)! Seriously, I'm trying to figure out how to get the same look without damaging the roll top part. How'd you do it? Thanks for sharing! Awesome job!!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 4:12 AM , Blogger Pattie said...

Love the desk! I have been looking for a new (old) desk on Craigs List and I have seen roll tops but didn't know if I would like it even after paint? Now I know thanks to you! Thanks for sharing. Found you on MMS. 8>)

 
At June 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM , Blogger Katie said...

FINALLY! I've figured out my blogger issues and I can comment again! I've been dying to tell you how much I adore this desk!! I love the techniques you used - thanks for sharing! I have an adorable project that I want to do similar to this! Thanks for sharing!!

 
At June 25, 2011 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Gina said...

love your blog! (just found you via tatertots and jello) I feel like I have been missing out! My gosh this desk is outstanding:)
gina

 
At June 26, 2011 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks gorgeous! and i am sure my daughter would have thought that was yogurt, too.... what a disappointment!
love the pop of color inside the drawers!

 
At July 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM , Blogger ziggy stardust said...

Its beautiful! I am about to embark on this new adventure of painting furniture! I found a roll top desk, not as cheap as yours so I dont want to screw it up. Can you tell me, if I want some pink to show under the cream which will be top coat, I am assuming, I paint it all pink underneath instead of black? I know it might be a silly question but I just want to make sure before I start. Thanks.!

xoxo
new follower
ziggy

 
At September 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Nichole said...

Truly, truly lovely!

www.bluebirdandtheboy.blogspot.com

 

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