before and after

Before & After: A Midcentury Desk Gets A Fresh New Look

by Maxwell Tielman


We have been seeing furniture makeovers that utilize white paint everywhere recently. Just last week, we highlighted some of the awesome white-painted midcentury furniture by Christopher White. Today, we’re highlighting another midcentury piece that got a similar treatment. Purchased on craigslist by Meg Caven, this desk had awesome bones, but some details that were a little less than ideal. Meg writes,

[I loved] the  lines and sculpted handles, but not loving the contrast between the Formica top and veneered sides and drawer-fronts.  A little research leads me to believe that the desk is a Johnson Carper.  I sanded, stained, and polyurethaned the drawers, and painted the desk’s body a high-gloss white. Really happy with the way it turned out.

We really do, too! This is another fantastic example of how paint can elevate a beautiful piece of furniture without detracting from its original design. Here, the glossy white acts as a wonderful framing device for the desk’s drawers, highlighting their newly-refinished forms. Check out a few more photos of this beautiful, understated makeover after the jump! —Max




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