Before & After: Clara's Two-Toned Desk

Ginger wanted to hand down her own childhood desk to her daughter Clara, but due to water damage and "the remnants of various stickers I put on there long ago (oops)" she needed to give it a refresh first. See how it looks now:

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Great job Ginger! We see desks like this all the time at flea markets and usually dismiss them as too dowdy, but bright paint totally modernizes the look.

Ginger says she was inspired by the two-toned dresser that John and Sherry of Young House Love re-did for their own Clara. She tells us that she "sanded and restained the wood with Minwax stain in English Chestnut. The metal bottom was spray-painted with Valspar in Mediterranean."

Thanks Ginger!

(Images: Ginger Gibson)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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