I got this desk at a used furniture shop in La Crosse. It was $25! And uuuugly! When my husband and I first got down to La Crosse two years ago for our first semester of college, we didn't have much furniture in our room - just a bed and dresser. I thought we would need a desk for all of the homework we would soon have (I think I used it once for homework...right now our microwave sits on top of it!). Anyways, we went out searching for something cheap and found this beauty.
I didn't like that it was asymmetrical and that the drawer wood didn't match the rest of the wood. Also, the hardware was outdated and not in proportion to the piece. Oh, and the top of it was horrible! It had huge gouges and scratches and the stain was clumpy and missing in some spots.
I think I picked the color out based on the name. "Bittersweet Chocolate" ...yum! I don't mind it, although my tastes have evolved some more since then, and although it's a neutral it doesn't exactly go with the rest of my light and bright furniture.
In order to save some money I chose the Wal-Mart brand paint. I highly DO NOT recommend this for anyone. Four coats of paint later and it was completely covered...although I suppose it doesn't help that I chose a semi-gloss (the glossiest of all paints). Which, looking back I wish I would have just chose a satin paint. Semi-gloss really emphasizes the scratches and gouges in furniture. I was trying to make it look more high-end, when I think I should have just embraced all of the imperfections and maybe even distressed it more so that the scratches and whatnot looked like they belonged.
Like I said though...I learned from this project. One thing I don't regret though is the hardware. It was a steal! I had already thought it was a good deal and then when we got to the checkout at Menard's it was discounted even more! I think it was a little over a dollar a piece, and it's nice, heavy-duty stuff.
Overall, I think it is a much better look for the desk, and the top looks A LOT better. Oh, and afterwards we traded in that crappy $3 Goodwill chair. We now have a $5 thrift store chair that is is narrow enough to actually fit in the opening! Can we say upgrade!? ;) Not that it matters, as it now functions as additional counter top and display space at the efficiency apartment. Maybe someday it will be used as a desk again, but I'm guessing that will be when we live in at least a one bedroom place.
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