Before/After: vintage desk

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Vintage Desk

This piece doesn’t have a name.

It was for a friend of my daughters.

And I never quite figured out it’s name.

Maybe you can come up with one??

But, here it is when it was brought to me…

before desk

Very cute!

She was planning on using it as a desk in her bedroom.

She wanted vintage and liked a bit of grunge.

So…after it was “Nellified”…

vintage desk from

I used Ce Ce Caldwell paint to add subtle stripes to the front of it and take advantage of the great grooves.

I painted the top a graphite to match the chair.

Some stain wiped on and off and several passes with the sander gave it that grunge look.

If you follow me on Facebook you may have followed my journey with this piece.

I took all your advice to heart. Really…I did.

And ended up just taking off the skirt. And it was better.

Thank you!

A reminder…Yes! I have experience painting furniture.

Yes! I have tools and paints most wouldn’t have.

Yes! I know techniques and crazy cool stuff most wouldn’t know.

Yes! I realize that.

But…I learned. And I am still learning.

You CAN do something incredible with your stuff!

Just try.

It might not look professional (and gosh…mine still doesn’t)

In fact…it might look quite bad.

That’s okay…it’s just paint.

And you will be better the next time.

Don’t be scared from trying!


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Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. cassie

    August 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    i love it! the red was fun, but love the beachier look- shows off those details!

  2. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    August 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Nellified- oh no you didn’t say that- That is Genius Janel! You smart painting cookie lady you! Cute desk!!

  3. Bella

    August 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Very cool looking desk. It has a lot of detail and your ‘nellification’ certainly brings that out even more. Job well done Janel!

  4. Bliss

    August 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Lets see…. how ’bout…..i Grungie Nel.


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