Here is what my desk looked like a couple of years ago when I persuaded my husband to help me bring it home - one of our neighbors had it out by the curbside. I liked the style and size, and that it had some storage. It did have some damage - I had to use wood glue to repair the drawers some, and there was some veneer chipped off - to solve this I used a stain pen to cover these imperfections.
In this post when I mentioned I was going to paint the desk white and leave the top wood stain.
So here is how the desk looked up until yesterday:
Then yesterday I found a great table on my local online yard sale website for $15 - it folds down on the sides if I ever wanted to use it as a 'side' table or in another room.
I was not a fan of the light wood color / stain and the top was not in great condition so a quick clean and then fast forward to semi gloss white paint. While I was painting the table, I thought why not just paint the desk too (I taped off around the top edge to preserve the wood stained top).
Here are some 'in progress' pictures:
And the after pictures,
(I also lightly brushed some paint on the hardware so it would look like it matched even though it is all 'mix-matched'.)
And the table (with my Goodwill chairs I made-over a couple of weeks ago)