One Hundredth Post: Office Furniture Set

Here it is… the 100th post on Room to Think! And here I am, with a wonderful matching set of furniture in my office (thanks to this blog for keeping me accountable). The furniture, of course, was not originally matching! Most of it was from Goodwill and the rest from Craigslist. Ever since moving into this apartment, our office room has struggled to stay organized and uniform, so I decided to take the next step and paint a few pieces to match. Here is the before picture of our bookshelves, which are now moved into different places in our apartment and look much cleaner!

My campaign desk, painted ‘Restorative White,’ has always been a favorite piece in the office and I wanted to change the other mis-matched pieces (bookshelf and wooden file cabinet) to match. Thanks to my mom, I was able to paint both of the pieces in one day. We began with creating clean surfaces by sanding the pieces down. The bookshelf had a thick layer of high-gloss stain that was stubborn to sand off and the file cabinet was painted tan.

After the sanding, we applied a thin coat of primer to prep the surface for the new paint.


{Sanded/Primed file cabinet}

Finally, after the primer dried, we could try out the ‘Restorative White’ paint on the pieces. Two coats were sufficient before applying the polyurethane coat with a rag. This ensures a shiny, protected layer over the paint.

Restorative White paint makes the pieces look clean, mature and vintage. The bookshelf and file cabinet would look even better if I could find brass hardware-accents for the corners. As a total, these three furniture items cost me $25 and the paint cost $20. Our coordinating furniture in the office gives the room a brighter and more uniform appearance!




  1. Posted February 9, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love it! What a great change – everything looks like it belongs together. Nice job Mom & Anna!

  2. Sam
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink | Reply

    Looks great, Anna!

  3. Mom
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You had a great vision, love it!!

  4. Jena
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very nice!

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