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Vintage Bernhardt Campaign Desk Makeover

Vintage Bernhardt Campaign Desk Makeover

DIY painted campaign-desk on astralriles.com Lately, I have been coming across new DIY blogs left and right. There are so many people that are refurbishing and/or upcycling furniture these days...I honestly don't know why EVERYBODY isn't doing it. I am just amazed at the creative and gorgeous furniture makeovers that I have seen. That is my inspiration and motivation to do more...to do better...and to try new things. I actually learn a lot of stuff from other bloggers. And I'd like to continue this cycle of "DIY-knowledge-sharing" and tell you a bit about my latest furniture makeover project. A few weeks ago I was out furniture scouting at my favorite local thrift store. I came across this beautiful vintage Bernhardt Campaign desk. It was in great condition. As I looked at the price tag and I just stood there in disbelief because I couldn't understand why they only priced the desk at $25?!?!?   O_o But needless to say, I hurried up an removed the tag so that no one else could get it. I saw another lady eyeballing the desk and I promise I would have fought her for it if she tried to play me!!!! Thats just how bad I wanted it. This is the beauty in all of it's vintage glory. (Solid wood with brass plated hardware) campaign desk - BEFORE At 1st, I thought about just reselling the desk As-Is. I saw quite a few desks in the original state for sale on Etsy and they were priced between $200 - $400. After thinking hard on it, I decided to go ahead and paint it. I wanted to give the desk a more Modern look. Since I planned to sell the desk, I felt that a more Modern look would appeal to a wider customer base. »»»»SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG«««« [mc4wp_form] In order to keep this DIY project on the CHEAP side, I chose to use paint that I already had in my stash at home. There was no need to spend extra money to purchase new paint. I had a high gloss "Silky White" by Behr Paint that I used on a previous project and that was the perfect color to give the desk that Modern feel that I was looking for. Before I could begin painting the desk, I had to prep it. Removing the hardware was probably the most tedious part of this DIY project. The hardware is secured by tacks/nails instead of screws, so I had to try and carefully remove each piece. The trick was to make sure I did not bend the hardware OR damage the wood during the removal process. I used a flexible putty knife and inserted it in between the hardware and the wood while slowly moving the knife in a back-n-forth motion until the hardware loosened up. putty knife hardware removal 2 hardware hardware removal After the hardware was removed, the next step was to sand the desk and the drawers. I used an orbital sander with a fine 150-grit sandpaper to slighty remove the glossy finish. Then I applied 2 coats of Zinsser primer. It only took about an hour for the primer to dry, after which I proceeded to apply 2 coats of the "Silky White" Behr Premium Plus paint. campaign desk - BEFORE 1 campaign desk - BEFORE 2 campaign desk - BEFORE 3 I lightly sanded the desk & drawers with a 220-grit sanding sponge after each coat of paint to ensure that there would be a smooth finish. After the last coat of paint dried I began to re-install the hardware. (Oh btw, I painted the hardware a metallic gold). campaign desk - after 1 campaign desk - after 2 And viola!!!!!! We have a vintage desk that has been transformed into a Modern beauty! FEATURE-campaign-desk-1 campaign-desk-2 main-campaign-desk-makeovercampaign desk - closeup campaign desk - closeup 2 If you're curious...I posted this item for sale and 1 week later it sold for $350!!!! Since I already had all of the paint and materials, my profit from this DIY furniture upcycle project was $325. That's pretty awesome right? Do you like how the project turned out? Have you found any vintage pieces like this lately? Just a reminder, please sign up for my blog newsletter to stay up to date with all of my cool projects. [mc4wp_form] S/N: if you're in the mood to purchase some one-of-akind handmade home decor...here is a link to my Etsy Shop:
Jan 20, 2017

Hi,
I am a first time visitor over from Before and After (your bedroom makeover is awesome) and plan to read more of your posts and enjoy more of your great blog.
I have to say that the colors you used in your bedroom sound horrid but look fabulous. I would never have thought to put those colors together. Guess that is why you are a designer and I am a science teacher :-).

Sylvia
Jan 20, 2017

Hey LaKaye,
Thanks! This project took maybe about a total of 6 hours. (not including the final drying / curing time at the end). If I had a paint sprayer, it probably would’ve only took half that time to complete.

astralriles
Jan 20, 2017

This is so beautiful! I love the way it turned out! How many hours would you say it took to complete this?

LaKaye Mbah
Jan 20, 2017

Hey LaToya,
Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I’m glad you liked the desk makeover. :)

astralriles
Jan 20, 2017

This is beautiful! I wish I had a keen eye for things like this. I enjoy the before and after pics! You’re inspiring me to try new things and I will definitely be checking your blog often…. Great work!

LaToya
Jan 20, 2017

Hi Sylvia!
I’m glad you liked it. Thanks so much for stopping to read my blog. I appreciate it! I hope that you like my other projects as well.

Thanks,
Astral

astralriles

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