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{The Cynthia Desk}

Painting furniture is therapeutic for me. And for some reason, this next makeover was a real treat to work on. From the time I opened my can of General Finishes Milk Paint in Emerald Green to the very last picture taken, I think I had a perm-a-grin! That doesn't always happen with a furniture makeover story. But, it happened here and it all started by finding this old antique desk from the 1890's. Her spindle legs, her wooden wheels, the curves and even the hardware were in such great shape for her age. The original finish was chipping everywhere but beyond that, she was beautiful...

before and after, desk makeover

I started with the wheels. They received a good cleaning and some painters tape. Then, I sprayed them with some gold spray paint. 

spray painting wheels, gold spray paint

The hardware received the same spa treatment. And while they were drying I could turn my attention to the chipping finish and the new upholstery on the chair. 

spray painted gold hardware

Both the chair and the desk received a good sanding. The chippy finish was a cinch to take off.... one of the perks of finding a piece so old. ;) And then, the magic started. If you're looking for a really nice Emerald Green hue, General Finishes has it. I'm smitten.

Here's why... Meet The Cynthia Dresser all dolled up. 

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Thank you, HGTV for featuring this desk makeover!

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I hope you do something that brings you joy this week!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street


  1. I adore this desk and the color is perfect! It would go well with the dresser I just painted. I love the rug too-where did you get it?

    1. Thank you! This rug is from IKEA and it was very inexpensive! :)

  2. I love this! And your pictures are so sweet! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Love the bold green! I could use a desk like wiht drawers. Happy Thanksgiving, found you at Talented Tuesday Link Up.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! I hope you find one!

  4. I used that color and just loved it! Your desk is gorgeous. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you Sharon! I'd love to see what you used it on!

  5. Love the color of the desk and love the casters you added. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button.

    1. That green makes me smile every time I open the can. :) Thanks so much for sharing our work!

  6. What a great makeover! Love it -- if furniture could talk it would say, "Bam -- look at me!" :D

    1. General Finishes Emerald Green will do that. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!


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