A Desk Named Potter

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Much to Grahm's chagrin, I'm on Craigslist way more than any sane person should be. I've had some hilarious encounterskiller finds, and every once in a while, I strike crazy-craft-lady gold.

Last weekend, I found the perfect desk. Stunning handles. Beautiful legs. More character than the first few pages of War & Peace. (Seriously, Tolstoy. Our tiny attention spans can only handle so many people in two pages.) Since I had been searching for a desk to renovate for several months now (I'm picky), I was all over this like rat on a Cheeto.

Oh, did I mention it was only $25? I was drooling.

I grabbed Grahm, and we scurried across town to meet this lady who was all too anxious to get rid of it.
The desk was well loved to say the least. Time had certainly taken its toll on its fragile frame. It even had a pretty awesome Harry Potter scar. (Grahm wanted to climb into the drawer to see what magical world it would take us to. I then had to remind him that he was thinking of Narnia.) Obviously, we had to name the desk Potter.
Baby and I set to work in our garage with my Annie Sloane paint, wood fill, wax, and sandpaper. I did the top in Coco and the body in Old White. I absolutely love the contrast.
After some distressing, I put clear wax over the entire piece. Aren't those handles divine?
I'm thrilled with how Potter turned out. She makes for a cozy working place next to our beautiful bay window. Hard to beat for $25 bucks and one sweaty afternoon in the ol' garage!

Now to find the perfect chair and artwork for my new favorite spot in the house... Etsy, anyone?

(Thanks to my sweet Booger Buns who took all the fabulous pictures.)

37 comments:

Meg Cady said...

THAT DESKKKKKK! JACK FREAKING POT!!! (obvi I love it... hence the all caps!) Also have you watched the Documentary Craigslist Joe? It is on Netflix and is about a guy who lives solely on Craigslist for 30 days... it is an interesting watch especially for those of us who love Craig's list!

Alexa said...

What a beautiful piece! And for $25? SCORE, BABY, SCORE!!! I love how you did the top a different color, too - it looks incredible! I've had some great Charlotte Craigslist finds, but clearly San Antonio CL is holding all the best stuff hostage!
Happy working :)

Kaity said...

I love how that turned out! I'm so freaking envious of your DIY skills!

Kalyn V said...

That desk is gorgeous! I'm not much of a craigs list shopper but I think you may have just converted me!

Lauren said...

That is awesome! Did you leave the lightening scar?! ;) I wish I could see things past what they currently are :( My creativity is pretty dismal.

Emily Carnes said...

I am going to start paying you to find awesome DIY furniture for me! haha...and, I just love that you call Graham Booger Buns--It's one of my favorite nicknames for Andrew. :)

A Thousand Words said...

I am OBSESSED with that desk! And your itty bitty bump is adorable!

Lauren said...

this is beautiful! i'm so jealous of your DIY abilities...pretty sure my desk would have ended up looking worse than it did in the begining!

Amy said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
I love this.
Stop being so dang talented Jena, gah, you're making me jealous!

Rachel said...

Um HOW do you find such awesome things?! The Craigslist in our area sucks. Guess I'm gonna have to start stalking it like you do :) You are just a regular ole DIY queen, complete with a precious little baby bump!

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

Great piece! I'm searching high and low on Craigslist for the perfect dresser to redo for the nursery!

k8te said...

uhhhh best find ever! i think i need to spend a LOT more time on craigslist! this looks awesome!

Mikell Gordon said...

I love it!
I bought an old crappy black desk from craigslist one time.. I painted it BRIGHT turquoise and put some cheesy clear knobs on it... I love it SO MUCH!

RitaMarie said...

That is lovely! Great job!

Jay T said...

THAT IS IT you are coming to my house to teach me how to be awesome like this!! I'm SO impressed!

Kayla Peveler said...

UMMM amazing job. Loving the different color contrasts AND the distressed look. Baby Roach looks CUUUTE in that itty belly! ;)

Jamie K. said...

SOO cute! I just refinished a china hutch and hope to show it off soon :) Question though- wax coat? What does this do? i didn't coat mine with anything when I was finished so i'm a bit intrigued if I should have.. I've never refinished anything before!

Becky said...

Ahhh this is so cute! You make me want to find cheap things on craigslist and revamp them haha.

Mason's Mama said...

Haha! First thing I thought of when I saw that scratch was Harry Potter!! Potter came out so great.

Erin LFF said...

Very cute! It's on my '30 before 30' list to revamp an old piece of furniture, I'm just not brave enough yet haha!!

Ashley said...

I love the way this turned out! I never would have thought to do the top a different color, but it looks awesome!

-Ashley

Kaylin said...

Looks so good. I just 'finished' my desk area too, but need a chair. Let me know if you fin da cute one :)

Katie Did What said...

Jena, it looks so pretty!!! Great color choices! And the fact that it has a HP scar?! That is just too perfect.

xo

Elle Vee said...

Wow it looks amazing!

I can't believe you found one that looks like that so cheap! You did a great job!

x

Brandy said...

That is gorgeous!! Lucky find, indeed!

Katie said...

Love it!! Turned out so good. What a great find.

Allison said...

I am loving Potter...and the meaning behind that name. Haha. Looks awesome my dear. :)

Whitney said...

25 bucks?? Are you effing kidding me?? That's so amazing! You did a great job. Love the Harry Potter scar. :)

You're more than welcome to look at the Houston listings and tell me if there's something worth getting ;) I'm so bad at Craigslist, haha.

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Uh. This is really cute. Love it.

apartment-wife.com said...

oh gosh, i love this. when i was little, my sister and i used to go dumpster diving to find things to add to our tree house. this is like the adult version-- must start:)

RitaMarie said...

Hey! Just saw on Sarah's blog. I didn't realize you are in San Antonio, too! :) That makes three of us.

Kathy B said...

You are a creative genius. When I move out I've decided I'm flying you over to work your magic on my apartment. (Granted your priorities may reside elsewhere, but I hope this decision makes you realise that you are AWESOME.)

Amanda Bumgarner said...

You're so crafty! This turned out great!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Absolutely gorgeous makeover! Great job - it looks awesome!

Lauren said...

I love the REDO! Craigslist is CRAZY fun!

Lindsey said...

You are a machine. I love Potter! I seriously need to channel my inner Jenna and do some DIY renovations!

Lindsey said...

Jena*