Desk and Chair Makeover - updated desk, mahogany chair



I recently picked up this awesome desk at an estate sale. It is super solid, heavy, and well made. Definitely worthy of a makeover! The chair was picked up at a garage sale and needed some gluing, but it’s solid mahogany, and the most comfortable chair you will ever sit in–equally worthy! Some of you may remember seeing them in their original state on Facebook.






(Apologies for the horrible pictures. I will replace them when I’m able to recover them from my phone. I realized I haven’t done a furniture reveal in a while, and I really wanted to share it with you all!) Heavy sigh…I miss the days when I could say, “ya’ll” … not to mention those beautiful Carolina Blue skies. Sorry for the regress. Back to furniture talk! 😀 - updated desk with paint, stained top and dark glaze
 - desk makeover with stained top; painted body and paired with solid mahogony chair



They were both cleaned really well with TSP Substitute. The desk body is painted in a custom mix of Maison Blanche Confederate Gray and Graphite chalk paint. And boy did I create extra work for myself in that process!



At the same time I was  working on the desk, I was also finishing up a dresser / night stand in Confederate Gray. I thought it was “finished”, until I sanded the top and uncovered a little stain. And because I had stupidly mistakenly mixed up my custom desk color in the CG can, I had no paint to fix the top! I really didn’t feel like driving 40 miles roundtrip to pick up another can, so I ended up stripping the top of the dresser and staining it. GRRRRR. Truthfully, it actually looked better with the stained top, so my mistake came out okay. 😀  (Even my Boy said it was his favorite…and coming from a 17 year old, that’s quite the compliment, trust me!) Still, Lesson Learned, √ - Gorgeous mahogony chair refreshed with Danish oil



I wanted to keep the desk top and chair in their original state. I used Howard’s Restor-A-Finish in Mahogany to freshen them up. I just love how worn the chair seat and arms are, and would love to know how much work was accomplished while sitting in this chair!



I finished everything off with Maison Blanche’s Dark Antiquing Wax. It has brought out all the details in the desk, which unfortunately my photos are not portraying. Hmmmmmm, maybe I should ask Santa for a new camera … or at least a photography workshop … or natural sunlight?!  😉 - Estate sale desk given a makeover with chalk paint and stripped and stained top and dark wax



I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. Slowly but surely I’m getting my garage cleared out! Next in the pipeline is another wardrobe…I’m thinking General Finishes Lamp Black!


p.s. Do you remember Highlight Magazine? And how “find the hidden hammer” would keep you occupied and from worrying if you had any cavities?! Challenge for you…Find my boots! 😀 Till next time …


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Anderson and Grant – Your Turn to Shine Link Party

My Repurposed Life – Catch as Catch Can Party 

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Elizabeth and Co – Be Inspired Link  Party

Trash 2 Treasure – Kammy’s Korner

The Painted Drawer Link Party

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38 Responses

  1. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  2. It came out gorgeous! What a beautiful color! Thanks for linking it up to On Display Thursday 🙂

  3. This turned out beautifully, Cynthia! I really love how the color came out. I’ll be featuring you as one of my hostess picks on this Thursday’s Your Turn To Shine link party. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Well, you just made my night…Thanks so much! And more importantly, THANKS for hosting!

  4. Oh wow, this turned out so beautiful Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  5. This is just Beautiful! I absolutely love this piece…and the chair looks like it came with the desk. I think the stain on top was a perfect accident! Love it, love it!

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  6. Beautiful job, Cynthia. I love painting furniture myself, so I’m always drawn to pieces that are done well. The wood top paired with the wood chair really compliments the beautiful color of paint. I’ve included this in my features today at Your Turn to Shine. Thank you so much for sharing your creation with us!

    • THANK YOU for hosting and for your kind words…it was really hard to give up such a comfortable chair! haha

  7. Lanita Anderson

    I love the transformation of the desk and the chair – beautiful work! My husband enjoys refinishing furniture as a hobby – I may have found a new project for him! Thanks for sharing…..

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  9. Hi Cynthia-
    I just found your blog via MRL.. she featured you awesome desk! Sometimes mistakes are ‘happy accidents’.
    I spotted your boots, next to the stairs, before you even mentioned them… but I’m like that I suppose. Yes! I loved Highlights magazine– and on most occasions can’t resist a challenge.
    I’ll be reading more here on your blog…
    Take care and I hope you’re having a swell start to the new year.
    …one who still says: Y’ALL,

    • Welcome Patricia and thanks for your kind words! Your blog title has me very intrigued and I’m heading over to check it out! Take care!

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  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Beautiful and classic! Happy to feature you at our party this morning!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Sharon! Thanks also for hosting and for featuring my desk. I sincerely appreciate it!

  12. So classy and gorgeous! Pinning to the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights board!

  13. Turned out great!!

  14. Great job! Love the gray! It came out beautiful. I don’t know why but the desk and chair make me think of a train stations in the 1800s. Love that kind of stuff! Thanks for sharing it at On Display Thursday! Don’t forget to stop by again tomorrow for this week’s party!

  15. It looks great!! Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? Thanks so much for sharing at the Found & Foraged party last week! I hope you’ll come again! xo, Laura

  16. What a gorgeous makeover! That color and the distressing really brings out the beautiful details. A treasure for sure!

    • Thank you, Jen! I really lucked out and picked it up the last day of an estate sale–I’m sure it was still there because it was so heavy and no one wanted to lug it down the stairs!

  17. […] I think this black secretary is my favorite. I can’t get over the detail on this desk makeover by Clockwork Interiors.  Cynthia madeover the chair that goes with it too, and it’s a […]

  18. So great! Sharing tonight on The Painted Drawer Link Party and thanks for sharing!

    • Wow … what a fun surprise! Thank so much, Suzanne …. you’re always such a gracious host!

  19. Beautiful and your boots are at the bottom and to the side of the stairs

  20. This is an arlitce that makes you think “never thought of that!”

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