Before and After: Barb's Desk on Design*Sponge

Before and After: Barb's Desk on Design*Sponge

Monika Gromek
Feb 17, 2009

We have featured Barb's creations from Knack Studios on AT before and this is a perfect time to highlight another piece that she has refurbished. Her amazing furniture remodeling work fits perfectly with our DIY month. Hopefully it will bring you some inspiration if you are still looking for ideas.

This vintage desk that needed some serious work caught our attention when looking through the Before and After section on Design*Sponge.

The classic symmetrical design of the desk, with its nice details on the drawer fronts, make this a great piece for restoration. The finish needed the most attention in the process of bringing it back to life. We love the modern, simple look and the golden knobs are a nice touch. If you like the lamp as much as we do, you might want to check out art & light gallery.

In the interview with us Barb said that "proper tools are key" in the process of furniture restoration.

Here is her list of what the right tools are:
• Sherwin Williams contractor series 2" and 2 1/2" angle sash brushes for latex paint
• Foam rollers
• Sanding sponge
• orbital sander
• belt sander
• Wood filler
• Putty knife
• Chip brushes (for applying waxes and stains)
• Lint-free cloths

For larger scale repairs, she is not afraid to use her 12" miter saw, skill saw, nail gun, and a compressor. Check out more of her work on the Knack Studio's website.

Photos: Design*Sponge

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