I will be the first to admit that I have NO SPACE to put a desk but that really didn’t stop me from putting one in the only remaining free area. Not just any desk though, a campaign desk. Sigh – not a “real” campaign desk though. I have been scouring Craigslist and yard sales for years with only one real result – and they wanted a crazy amount for a beaten up vintage campaign desk.
So I went for the next best thing – a Target knock-off that someone had listed on a yard sale site for $20. What’s even better is that this desk was already assembled (no tiny allen wrenches for me!) and it normally sells for a little less than $150 new.
The only downsides were the awful color – the person selling it though they were doing it justice with a burgundy primitive color – and the lack of campaign hardware aside from the pulls.
That all changed with a little paint and some cheap hardware add-ons. For this DIY campaign desk makeover, I used the following (from Lowe’s):
- 1 quart of Valspar’s Signature satin paint in Sweet Mint (paint color 5005-5B)
- 1 sample size of Valspar’s Ultra White (paint color 7006-24)
- 1 quart of Zinsser 123 primer
- 1 can of Valspar Rose Gold spray paint
- 12 – 1.5 inch flat corner braces (you need 4 for each drawer)
To get rid of the awful burgundy color, I started with a coat of Zinsser 123 primer – this stuff is magic in a can – and followed it with 2 coats of the Valspar’s Sweet Mint on the “body” and a few coats of Valspar’s Ultra White on the drawers.
While that was drying, I took the corner braces and the drawer pulls (I had removed them before painting) and spray painted them with the rose gold spray paint.
After the desk and the hardware had dried, I put the drawer pulls back and then lined up the corner braces with the drawer corners – a few screws later (48) and the desk was done! Notice the dogs giving their nose print of approval on everything…
The white metal chair is one of my vintage finds for $20 and the fluffy pillow was handmade by an awesome fellow DIYer, Kendra from REmix Design (she was just featured on Flea Market Flip!). I asked Kendra to make me a pillow after seeing a similar one at the barn where we both sell our items. There was a vain attempt to justify “maybe” spending the money on a fluffy pillow from Hobby Lobby but even after a 40% coupon it still would have been a ridiculous amount – it might have something to do with the $120 price tag. I’ve tweeted at Hobby Lobby about this pillow but no response. The little add-ons came from the Target dollar spot aka “The Place Where My Wallet Cries”.
What do you think of this makeover? Is there a magical item that you are searching for your home like my campaign desk dreams? Let me know in the comments below!