This is an unusual scenario for “Before & After,” as the creator has refurbished not one but multiple versions of the same “before” piece in different ways. I hope we see more of this phenomenon in the future; it’s like watching a friend try on many different outfits, and they all look great! Michael Jones, co-founder of the furniture design company Hunter Jones, has enhanced the simple shape of the desk each time, and the added details — knobs, paint and various finishes — complement the pieces beautifully. Great work, Michael! — Kate
If you are interested in purchasing one of these desks, you can visit the Hunter Jones site to see what’s available.
Time: 4 hours (plus 2–3 days of drying time)
Basics Steps: We started off with five desks, which became a joke at the local auction, as no one else was interested. With a simple sanding, an undercoat of water-based eggshell, a topcoat of oil-based eggshell and a final sanding, we came up with a rather quick and inexpensive way of up-cycling the desks.
The idea was to create as my looks as possible, so we used finishes, such as rubbing a darker varnish into the bright green Arsenic-painted desk with a cloth to bring out the colour, or using a contrasting undercoat, and just added different knobs for each.
The paint we used for the topcoat is Farrow & Ball, which is quite expensive, but anyone could reach the finishes with a regular oil-based paint and lots of time — you basically just need the patience for an undercoat and two topcoats, sanding in between each and then sanding the final coat to get the level of “shabbiness” you want to achieve. — Michael
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CLICK HERE to see more of Michael’s refurbished desks after the jump!