desk makeover

desk before

Earlier today I shared my neat little trick to transform knobs – and this is why I did it: a desk makeover. I picked up this $25 Goodwill find a few weeks ago, then the holiday season kept me from attacking it.

french desk with trim

I bought it for the shop – but I had a plan when I found it. She’s kinda sad looking, huh? Oh but those lines…. ahhhh…. She just needed a little lovin’, that’s all!

painted drawers

First I painted her all out in my silvery white Glidden Paint. On my walls it looks more grey – on the desk it looks like a beautiful soft white. I love it either way, though.

martha stewart specialty paint

Now is when the magic happens! My new sponsor, The Home Depot, sent me some fun stuff to try – Martha Stewart Living specialty paints. Today I used Polished Silver Metallic Paint. This stuff RoCkS my socks! It glides on soooo easily and covers incredibly well. It took two coats to make all those details pop out and grab your attention.

silver desk

I just painted them free hand with a little art brush, keeping a wet cloth near by to help keep the lines clean.

painted desk

And a few hours later she was done! I replaced the original knobs after I gussied them up a bit.french provencial desk

Now she’s as pretty as a princess! She’ll be heading to the shop on Friday – I’ll be sad to see this one go, alas I really have no room for it to have a home here.

Disclaimers: Glidden and The Home Depot are both sponsors of The Shabby Creek Cottage, however my opinions, experiences and projects are my own.


About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. That desk is adorable! I love the accents on it!
    Thanks for hosting Gina!!

  2. Thanks for hosting Gina!!! The desk turned out GREAT!!!

    XO, Aimee

  3. Thanks for hosting…..Have a Blessed Day!

  4. Oh my gosh!! I just found the SAME desk. I painted mine white and what used to be gold is now green for my daughters room… I like yours better- waaaa!!! HAHA! great job on the desk (I may be repainting mine now)

  5. The desk looks beautiful.

  6. That’s beautiful! I have a whole set of French Provincial furniture in my apartment, but it’s all in terrific shape, so I’ve left it in its original condition.

  7. Great transformation Gina. Love that touch of silver. Thanks for hosting.

  8. I love the metallic paint, it makes the desk look gorgeous!

  9. ohhhh…She is SOOOO pretty all silvered up and sweet and fresh looking. She will fly outta the shop! xo Diana

  10. We have that dresser, now I know what to do with it:) thanks for hosting, and Happy New Year!
    Cheers, Andrea

  11. The white and silver give the piece a fresh feel! Love it!

  12. The desk looks great!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  13. I love the lines of that desk and you did a great job of making it even more beautiful! Thanks for hostessing today’s party, I linked up a Valentine post and a “Giving Back” post. Hugs ~ Mary

  14. Just gorgeous, when can you bring it over, giggle xo

  15. Very nice!! I think my family has a desk very similar to that in storage. I might have to go get it! 🙂

  16. thanks for hosting Gina! YOu did a great job! Christie

  17. How funny is this? I got that same desk at a local GW a few months ago and it’s still wainting for her makeover…yours looks GREAT!!!


  18. I love the silver on the desk, looks fabulous. Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Hugs, marty

  19. Cute desk & I love the metallic paint. I placed your button on my button page. Thank you for hosting:-)

  20. I love how you redid this desk. It’s beautiful.

  21. Thanks for hosting! My daughter would love that desk, I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for something similar, thanks for sharing

  22. Holy cow! What a tiny change but a SIGNIFICANT difference!


  23. love the desk. thanks for hosting. I’m your new follower (3 week here). I linked up some yummy treats: gingerbread, chocolate cake truffles and baked brie. enjoy shari@myjudythefoodie

  24. That desk is GORGEOUS!!! Great job! And thanks for hosting again. Always love linking up 🙂

  25. The desk is gorgeous!! Thanks for the party!

  26. What a beautiful transformation!!

  27. LOVE your blog! Linked up and just became a follower! Thanks for the party!

    ~ Rachael

  28. This desk really takes me back! That’s the style of furniture my sister and I shared when we were kids! My girls had the same type of set – now it’s divided here and there – my daughter would love your redo! Fantastic,
    thanks for hosting!

  29. That’s my old desk when I was a kid! It’s still at my parents house (may have to kidnap it and make her look pretty again)!

  30. I really like the desk so much better now and I have some silver paint I painted an old table need to show it

  31. My daughter has this desk and I have been wanting to redo it for some time but wasn’t sure how. Thanks for the inspiration! Love how the knobs look now. This will be my next project. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Beautiful! I had a bedroom set like that when I was little. I LOVE what you did with the desk. So fresh and beautiful!!

  33. Love the way the desk came out! I’m working on a sister piece, a tall lingerie-type chest and you’re is quite an inspiration! I also just linked up. Thanks for hosting!!!

  34. The desk looks wonderful! I’m going to try that metallic paint!!
    Although I didn’t link up this week I’ve enjoyed visiting with others! Thanks for hosting!

  35. If you need another one similar to this — it is at the thrift store for $25. Or was yesterday. 🙂 Gorgeous! 🙂

  36. Sorry, I need you to delete #371 I will redo my linky. I linked to my blog and not my post, not good for starting the New Year! I will check back, thanks for Hosting!

  37. I love your French Provincial Desk, I also did some dressers and vanities, I love the drawer pulls that come with them, thanks for your tip.

  38. She does look like a princess! Better than new! You have a steady hand, for sure, but what a good idea to just go for it freehand, keeping a wet rag handy. I should be more like you!

    Thanks for hosting, Gina. I think I’m your 379th link–isn’t it amazing how large this party has grown? But it’s always a good time. You’re a great hostess.

    Happy New Year! May 2012 be full of blessings for you.

  39. Your desk is lovely! Thank you for hosting! I hope you’re having a fabulous New Year! 🙂

  40. Love the desk! I used to have a dresser and a chest that matched that exactly… kinda wish I still had them so I could update the look like you did!

    Thanks for hosting the linky party… I’m building my own blog and would LOVE to hear your feedback. Please stop by if you get a chance:


  41. AMAZING! Love the meatlic top 🙂 Thanks for hosting enjoy your weekend 🙂

  42. Love the desk. Metallic paint is so very fun. Thank you for the hosting of the party this week. Have a wonderful New Year.

  43. Thanks for hosting. I am working on an dresser with details something like the one you have on this post.

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