>My girly stenciled desk!


I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this with you. This has been a LONG project, and one of my most exciting projects EVER!

Back in September, I got this desk for FREE. Yes, free. FreeCycle is very good to me. You HAVE to check out your local chapter online! I got it from a lady who said it was from her niece’s second divorce. OK. Well, it found a forever home at my house. I was so excited in the beginning, and we took the hardware off, sanded, and primed the drawers.

And then, it sat. For months. Until Christmas break, when I finally bit the bullet and finished this pretty lady!
Since I got this desk for free, I wanted to try to refinish it using a little money as I could. So I kept the hardware, instead of buying new handles. I also got a giftcard to Lowes for my birthday in November, so I used that to get some paint. It was my first time not buying a mistint, and I was way too excited 🙂 I got a very pale gray semi-gloss. So after filling in the holes in the desk, sanding it down, and priming it (I HATE PRIMING), I painted it with my new exciting paint:

Dang it. I swear it is gray. You just really can’t tell…it is SO close to white! My original idea was to paint the desk a light muted gray, and then to stencil in white on top. Well, that couldn’t happen with this color. SO, I went to plan B. I figured I could reverse the colors, even though I wasn’t too excited about it. But I just poured some paint in a bowl, and mixed some leftover black paint in with it until I got the right gray color.

Then, I took out my stencil that I WON from Cutting Edge Stencils (through Keeping it Simple). Woohoo! My first experience with them…and it totally won’t be my last. They were awesome! The stencil designs are beautiful, they’re well-made, come with great clear instructions, and they are so professional! So, I started stenciling:

OK, so this was my first big stencil ever. I definitely made some mistakes when I got too impatient. Because it took a LONG time. And I’m a very impatient crafter. The easy part was the top of the desk. Where I really got frustrated was when I tried to “wrap” the stencil down the desk and around the sides. Not fun. So I ended up free-handing some of the painting in the middle and the grooves, and you can’t even tell! Yay! I used almost the full stencil on the top/right hand side of the desk, and then used a smaller branch from the stencil on the bottom left hand side to balance it out a little:

Then, I pulled out some of this spray-paint for the hardware:

I usually use Oil Rubbed Bronze for metals & hardware, but it was a little too “heavy” for this girly desk. I absolutely love this color! I am now converted!

I put the new hardware in, took a deep breath, and here she is:

Isn’t she beautiful!? Since I love a good before & after:

I am in love. And what’s even better? I only had to pay for the spray paint! Because I won the stencil, and I used a birthday giftcard for the paint, I only ended up paying $2.97 for this entire thing. So not only is she beautiful, but the price makes me a million times happier!

She now has replaced my old desk, and houses all things girly in the corner of my bedroom. Now I need to re-do a matching chair and lamp…but not today 🙂

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96 Responses to “>My girly stenciled desk!”
  1. Tanya says:

    >Beautiful! Love the finished result. I also won a Cutting Edge stencil and have been waiting for it to arrive! Can't wait to play with it.

  2. >Beautiful! You did a great job on it! It is perfect.

  3. Bobbie says:

    >WOW! That is a transformation! Loved the end result! It takes a special eye to see that beautiful dresser in the before picture! Not sure I could tackle this! You did good job with it

  4. Anonymous says:

    >Patti from Coopersburg…dtjskeet@aol.comWhat a great job on that desk! You are an inspiration.I have an old wagon that I would like to redo as a coffee table any suggestions?

  5. Kristen says:

    >That looks so good! Great job!

  6. Ann says:

    >Your desk is beautiful! I have a similar before desk that I picked up at Goodwill before Christmas. Yours is very inspiring, love the stencil.

  7. amberdawn says:

    >Amazing! And I love all the posts below too! By the way…I kept forgetting to ask you if you have ever heard of http://www.shanty2chic.blogspot.com They have great stuff too! You will probably love it!

  8. Mel says:

    >Wow, it's beautiful! Great work on it.

  9. >This is stunning!! What a work of art!!! Thanks for sharing!!I have a vintage telephone table from my Nana that I have on my list of things "To Do"…you inspired me to get in gear with that! :)xx-Kristyn

  10. Allison says:

    >Christina… this is fabulous! What a beautiful makeover! Thanks so much for linking up!

  11. Megan says:

    >It's so pretty! I love how clean it looks. Stencils scare me, so you've inpsired me to give it a shot the next time I get an opportunity! I have to confess, I have tried so many of the crafts you've posted about and loved the way they turned out. I have been behind on blogging but when I catch up be prepared, tons are going to be linked to your site! Thanks so much for providing inspiration!

  12. >that looks beautiful!!! i love the branches and birds, and the colors! i will be hosting a furniture makeover party starting tues night and would love for you to join!

  13. TheCraftInMe says:

    >Love the new look, very beautiful!

  14. Chrissie says:

    >What a gorgeous piece. I love the soft colors and the stencil is fabulous. I just finished a very similar piece in red. Its fun to see how many different ways you can make a piece look with paint!

  15. Suesan says:

    >Looks fabulous. Great colors and it goes well in the room.

  16. Meg says:

    >Wow, I love it! The stencil is a wonderful idea! Great job.I'm hosting an "our nest" sign giveaway! Hope you can join! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

  17. >Wow, that looks great! That desk has such a nice shape. Your stencil turned out reallllly good.P.S. I hate priming, too. I wish I could skip that step!!

  18. >I was on searching for something to do to my kitchen table top and I think I found it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Jana says:

    >This turned out great! I love it! Would love for you to come link up!http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2011/01/glam-party-9.html


  21. >This is just stunning! And what a bargain! I haven't attempted to do a stencil yet. I would like to give it a try although I fear my patience would get the better of me :(Megs 🙂

  22. Tonya says:

    >Ooooh girl…that is one cute desk! Love the stencil!

  23. >I hope you never, ever sell that! It's perfect!! So inspiring!

  24. >Oh my gosh… I am in desk love! You did a fabulous job! I would buy that desk in a heartbeat! Thanks for the inspiration!Have a great night!~Michelle

  25. >Great job! When I first saw the title of the post before I saw any pictures I wondered if the stenciling would look out of date. The way you positioned it on both sides made it look very up-to-date and modern. Love color choices, too.

  26. Jill says:

    >HOW FANTASTIC!! Well done for getting a round to finishing it! definitely worth waiting for! and I can't believe how cheap it all was!Thanks so much for linking to A Round Tuit. Hope you have a wonderful week!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://jembellish.blogspot.com/

  27. >What a fabulous job! I love your choice of colors, the placement of your art and the hardware. It turned out just darling!Would love to have you link it up to Passion for Paint this weekend!

  28. Catherine says:

    >Wonderful! Love it! The hardware is so beautiful I'm glad you didn't replace it 🙂

  29. >Cheri AGAIN–You should enter this in our party that starts tomorrow. Krylon is one of our sponsors.This is adorable.Cheri from http://www.itssoverycheri.com and http://www.thediyclub.com

  30. Michelle L. says:

    >So so so so beauteous! Your blog just keeps getting better. Happy 2011!

  31. >LOVE this! That stencil makes it look so pretty! I'm glad you kept the hardware. It looks just perfect repainted.Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  32. Claire says:

    >I adore this-the stencil is so perfect, feminine and delicate for the sturdy desk-the hardware is the finishing touch-I'm your newest follower!

  33. >Wow, what a difference. The stencil really makes it awesome. The hardware color too was spot on, kinda coordinates with the stencil. NIce!

  34. >That stencil is so cute on your girly dresser!

  35. >So great! Cutting Edge Stencils are great! You should link this up at the monthly contest over at thediyclub.com!

  36. Cassie says:

    >This is gorgeous! Perfect color for the heardware!

  37. Erin says:

    >What a stunning piece of furniture!!! And WOW on the price!!!! Amazing! 🙂

  38. >Christina that turned out fabulous! Your idea for the stencil design was perfect. It's definitely a keeper. ;)Thanks for linking to my party. Keep those super projects comin'! Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottagehttp://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

  39. >Hi!My daughter told me about your blogsite yesterday, and I've just check it now. She was telling me that she wanted your stencil desk design idea, but for her walls. We're planning to make a little make over for her room this month, then she finally made her decision for her room's theme, which is stencil art. Some of her stuff we're thrown, except for her cabinets, bed, and carpet. A cleaner that we hired do carpet cleaning (Addison-based). Thankfully he did a good job for carpet cleaning (Addison IL). Thanks for sharing you stencil design idea. It really help us to make a plan for my daughter's room.

  40. >The desk is just fabulous! I love the stencil on it, and the original hardware is awesome! How fun to pick out the exact color of paint that you wanted! 🙂

  41. >Found you via the Just A Girl link party! This is one of the best furniture transformations I've seen. Seriously. I saw the thumbnail and said, "Shut the front door!" out loud to myself in my cubicle. Awesome work!

  42. Kaysi says:

    >Looks great! Glad you liked the stencils you won!

  43. >looks awesome!!! Love what it looks like!! If you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings next week! http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

  44. LambAround says:

    >This is so gorgeous! I love the design you chose. If you get a chance tomorrow, I'd love for you to stop by and link up to my blog hop 🙂

  45. >I love how it turned out and you can't beat FREE! I think I need to get busy stenciling something. Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Tyla says:

    >Really very pretty. Thanks for sharing. I actually have a desk in my garage that is STILL WAITING to be repainted for my daughter's room. I may have to try using a stencil on it. Thanks again.

  47. >Stunning! I love the desk and the stencil.

  48. >Doesn't it make you giddy to get something for free?! You really transformed the piece. Love the stencil!

  49. Amanda M. says:

    >WOWEE! This is so gorgeous. We have a free desk, too, and I think I just might use this idea very similarly with ours. What an inspiration! This is so awesome!!!

  50. Sherree says:

    >My grandfather had a desk like this one and I so wish that I could have gotten it, now looking at what you did. I love the stencil work. I am new to your site, but will be back often.

  51. Amanda says:

    >I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 You can see it here http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/stenciled-desk/Thanks for the great idea! If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

  52. Becky Fisher says:

    >Love it!!!! I got here from Craft Gossip 🙂 I am inspired by so many creative blogs! I just started a new one yesterday about our adventures in selling the house and going on the road in our RV — I hope mine can become as good as yours 🙂

  53. Joyce says:

    >beautiful! I love pretty re-do's and this one is awesome!

  54. Alberta says:

    >Gorgeous job. Your efforts weren't wasted. Definitely something to be proud of. Well done!

  55. >oh my gosh, I LOVE this! The colors are perfect and the stencil is beautiful! Great job, Christina!

  56. decdiva1 says:

    >very pretty! i just love the soft grey and the branches and birds are always a hit w/ me! stopping by from utt&d

  57. >Lucky you! You won't even know it's just $3. Very pretty 🙂

  58. >Wow – it's beautiful!

  59. >This turned out beautiful! I LOVE the stencil detail! How awesome that you got it for free?!Thanks for linking up to Free for All!Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com

  60. >Ohhhh this piece is so beautiful! Great job!!

  61. >What a stunning project! I love the finished desk – so pretty. 🙂

  62. >Beautiful job! You look like an expert stenciler : )

  63. amybluestar says:

    >This is gorgeous – wow, I love it!

  64. Anonymous says:

    >I am in awe, What a beautiful piece! Great stenciling. I like the idea of reusing or repurposing items. Thank you I am new to your site but will be back often. Denise

  65. coolmama72 says:

    >That is beautiful! You did a fantastic job on it!I have a very similar desk (to the original here) that I use for scrapbooking. I'd love to do something with it now that I've seen yours … but I know I won't find the time. However, maybe someday… your desk definitely inspires me.And freecycle rules. 🙂

  66. loribethswan says:

    >Love it! You did a fantastic job! This is my first time visiting your blog, but I will be back!

  67. Robin says:

    >that is truely amazing! such a good job you should be proud!

  68. April says:

    >That is AMAZING! I'm going RIGHT NOW to find my local freecycle!

  69. >This is soooo pretty! I am going to be doing my desk this month…thanks for the inspiration!

  70. >Just Beautiful!!! Great transformation… I may just try to do something similar.(stopping by from Better After)

  71. Jana says:

    >I saw you on Better After.This desk is absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job. I give it a 10!

  72. >Very, very, very pretty! The stencil truly makes it a show-stopping piece!

  73. >This is one of the best afters I've seen.

  74. Laurie Jones says:

    >Your desk is beyond beautiful!!! Great job!

  75. >Christina, your desk turned out beautiful! I love the stencil design. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

  76. Holly says:

    >So pretty! I have that same stencil and I love it! It is just beautiful the way it wraps around the desk.

  77. >Awesome job. My a.d.d. can't handle any kind of stenciling! you go girl! And I likey the caramel latte. I'll have to try that soon.

  78. Holly Austin says:

    >oh.my.goodness. I love it! It's so gorgeous and the colors are perfect. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  79. >Christine – Love what you have done with this piece. The Krylon on the hardware is one of my favorite colors! Amazing job – very pretty! Thanks so much for linking up to The Sunday showcase party – I have featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  80. >Just stopping by from the paint party!! I just love how this turned out! Isn't it amazing what you can do with paint and hard work? Great job!

  81. >What a gorgeous transformation! I'm putting your desk in the Spotlight at The Power of Paint Party (PoPP). Thanks for linking up.

  82. Jenni says:

    >Your desk is gorgeous! I love the stencil you used, and think the gray on white is beautiful! You did a wonderful job on it. :)Blessings,Jenni{Beautiful Nest}

  83. >Holy cow – what an awesome transformation! You did a fantastic job, it's gorgeous!Roeshel

  84. >What a fabulous makeover. I love the old pulls–so glad you kept them.Cheri

  85. >Congrats on making the TOP 10 Post and be sure to check out EXCITING CHANGES at THE DIY CLUB post as well–REALLY EXCITING!!Cheri

  86. Belle & says:

    >Hi again!My sister and I would love to feature your desk on our blog this week! I would like to include a picture with a link to this post in the feature post, as well as on our sidebar for the week! Just let us know!I see you made the top ten! Congratulations on this~ that is so exciting! You deserve it, hands down! :)Blessings,Jennibelle & sparrow {beautiful nest}

  87. Jenni says:

    >Oh no, I was signed in with the wrong name/wrong link! I'm the comment above asking if we can feature your desk! If you click on my name, it will take you to the right place! Thanks! :)~Jenni

  88. >absolutely adore this! Go freecycle!!!

  89. >I love this!mvh Heidi, Norway.

  90. >I love this desk so much I featured it as one of the inspiration desks for my future office! You did an amazing job. I love the stencil work.http://thejunkhouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/office-inspiration.html

  91. >Love this desk! Thank you for sharing the source of the stencil and the brand/color of spray paint.

  92. >Interested in selling? Email me at shankim@hotmail.com

  93. Kelly says:

    >This is so elegant. WOW!! visiting from the CSI project

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