Here is the desk, in all its scratched up and looking rough glory:
After some sanding, black paint and new knobs - here is the desk now.
And a close up of the knobs - purchased for "free" from Target - Thanks to my weekly gift cards from work! The only handles were pretty outdated looking. I like the fresh modern look these new knobs give.
And one more close-up of the inside of the drawers. A splash of color! And check out of the fun chair. I debated painting the chair black as well, but we already have a lot of black furniture the way it is. So I left it wood tone - which also ties in well to the other wood tones we have in the living room. The original chair seat was black leather, but I wanted to add a punch of fun to this desk so I covered the seat in zebra print. I love me some zebra print! :)
And, in case you want to know all the thoughts that went through my head in deciding how to make over this desk, I'll tell you now. As I said earlier, we have a lot of black in our living room so I initially wanted to keep the desk in wood tones. I also thought it would be cool to do the desk two tones, leaving the top wood and the base black. But after bringing it home and looking it over more, I realized that it was going to take a LOT of sanding to get the desk down to the bare wood. I dont have a round belt sander, nor do I know anyone close by that has one - so I had to scratch those ideas. I guess all black it is! The plus to all black is that I had all the supplies from the ottoman project, so the only costs for this desk were the desk itself and the $5 for the fabric (remember, the knobs were "free")!