Before & After: Secretary Turned Shiny and Sleek

It takes some serious vision and determination to buy this enormous desk on Ebay for $15.50 in Vienna, Austria. Transportation of the beast alone is hard to execute. But this didn't stop Liza, who knew she could transform it with some high-gloss paint and a bit of elbow grease. She and her husband brought back the desk via cab from the owner's apartment, and the taxi ride ended up costing more then the desk!

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The desk has been reincarnated as a sophisticated piece of storage that has a vintage feel with a fresh finish. Liza's process involved primer, taking off the hardware and cleaning it with a solution of vinegar, salt and warm water, and, of course, two coats of high-gloss paint. She went with a gray color called "Jewels" by Dulox.

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And she didn't ignore this inside part, which has a neat center fold cubby that locks with a key.

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The light blue color was a last minute decision when she found some leftover from an earlier project. It absolutely makes the piece. Who doesn't like a little surprise when you open a desk? She plans to use it to store her painting supplies in her corner studio.

Find out more about her process at Mel & Liza.

(Images via Mel & Liza)

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