Painting Laminate #2: Garage Sale Find to Beautiful Blue Desk

For a more detailed description of how to paint laminate, see my first painted laminate dresser/tv stand project here.
Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog
This desk was one of the simplest painting projects I have done so far because it was all one color, I had painted laminate furniture before, and using a darker color is generally easier than the last few white painting projects I have tackled because it coats so quickly.

I found this desk at a garage sale without a price. I could tell the seller was anxious to get rid of it, so I offered 10 bucks and he took it. It is very sturdy and compact but with a lot of surface space, so it works well in our little office space. But when I purchased it, it was pretty beaten up and needed a lot of work.

Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog

Here is the before and after.
Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog

I removed the drawers and sanded everything down with our orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper. I especially smoothed out the corners that were chipping and tried to sand  down major scratches the best that I could without taking off too much of the laminate veneer.
Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog
I used Glidden Gripper Primer which is the key to painting laminate successfully. I love this stuff!
Two coats of primer.
Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog
And two coats of this lovely gray-blue color. It is Magnet Dapple by Valspar. I think I even could have gone a shade darker and been happy with it.
Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog
Gray-blue desk transformation - All Precious And Pleasant Blog

The total cost for this desk was $22.00. $10 for the desk and $12 for the paint. I already had the primer and the rollers. Also, I only used about half the paint, so it will save me money on a future project whenever I decide to use the rest of it!

Jeremy is working on his masters, so I hope this will be a lovely place of contemplative study.

We plan on painting the walls Revere Pewter just like the kitchen & living room spaces. I have grand plans for a stenciled accent wall, colorful rug, and cozy study chair in the room.

More office updates to come!

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5 Responses to Painting Laminate #2: Garage Sale Find to Beautiful Blue Desk

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  4. Looks great! One question: was the laminate that you painted over (either here or in your tv stand post) more like a paper-y laminate or more like a thin veneer of wood?

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