My first thought was to run to the thrift store before it closed and see if I could find anything. My second thought was remembering the hideous computer desk we had in the garage. We got it as a hand-me-down from my sister Deetz, back when Yaya had a computer in his room and needed a desk; apparently cost was more important than looks. Lately I've been trying to use what I have, and also to be grateful for having so much, so I decided to dig the desk out and try and figure out how to make it less ugly.
The whole time I was cleaning it and sanding it, I had the Spartan Cheerleaders ugly chant in my head. U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi. I then went to the internet for inspiration, but 99% of desk makeovers start with a nice vintage or antique desk, or at least a desk that's less obviously a computer desk. So no ideas were forthcoming there. In the spirit of using what I had, I looked through my paint closet and found the samples I used to paint the sides of Yaya's dresser drawers. I really loved the brown that I found as a 50 cent mistint, and it reminded me of this iron bust makeover Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook just posted, so I decided to go for it.
I took off the CD racks, because I have no CDs to hold and also because they were part of the problem, not the solution. I primed it with original Kilz (stinky) and painted it with a foam roller and a foam brush. Side note: do not buy foam roller covers for mini rollers from Wal-Mart. I've bought two packages in the past few weeks, and in each package of two one cover does not work. 50% failure rate is not good enough for me, even if they are $2 cheaper than Home Depot.
Full disclosure: I did go buy another sample pot because I didn't want to get mostly done then run out of paint. The sample was Behr Premium Plus Ultra, color matched to Glidden's Wild Truffle. I mixed the samples together to make sure the color was the same throughout. I had almost an entire sample left after two coats, so I probably could have done without it.
I had to take these after the kids went to bed so the light's not the best, but the color is reasonably close. The bottom shelf is most accurate colorwise.
I like it. Well, I like it better than before. It's too big for the space, but it was basically free, if you don't count the paint sample I didn't need or the foam brush and roller cover. And if you squint your eyes, tilt your head, and drink a bottle of wine, you can almost believe that it's a vintage piece. I want to paint the wheels gold, but I don't think they come off so that'll be a bit of painstaking work for another day. For now it's less eyeball-burny, and it's a place to work. Good enough.