Goodwill Desk Makeover

Goodwill Desk Makeover - This desk originally came from Sears prior to 1969. It looks snazzy now that it has received a makeover.

One of my favorite Goodwill finds of the summer was a desk at Goodwill.  Even though the finish was is rough shape, I was immediately drawn to it because of the pretty scrollwork on the front and also because of the unique design of the drawer pulls.

Harmony House Desk


After giving the desk a good cleaning, making some repairs, and a lot of sanding, I was ready to paint this pretty lady.  I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in both Everlasting and Vintage on this piece.  Ralph Lauren Metallic Finish Paint was dry brushed on both the scrollwork and on the medallions behind the drawer pulls.  The entire piece was sealed with Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish.  I love the combination of these three colors.

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A desk discovered at Goodwill looks like a million bucks after being made over with paint.


This desk originally came from Sears.  When I researched Harmony House, I discovered that Sears carried all sorts of products marketed under this brand from 1940 to 1969.

Harmony House Quality Design Color Furniture


Shortly after I finished painting the desk, I discovered the chair that I painted to match it at our local Habitat Restore.  I really liked its design and it’s actually pretty comfortable to sit on.  My mom told me that it looks like chairs that teachers used to have long ago, so perhaps it originated in a school.  I painted it to match the desk and to me they look like they were always a pair.

A mid-century desk discovered at Goodwill in rough shape looks pretty once again after being repaired and being made over with paint.


Here you can better see the pretty scrollwork on the front of the desk.

Harmony House Mid-Century Desk Makeover by


This desk has six side drawers plus a large one in the middle.  I am thrilled with the end result of this desk makeover!Goodwill Desk Makeover - Look at the Pretty Detail on the Drawers!

Mr. SP is now feeling much better and helped me take this desk to my shop at Blue Sky Cottage over the weekend.  I hope that someone will soon fall in love with it and give it a good home.  But to tell you the truth, if it doesn’t sell, I won’t be sad because I’d like to keep it for myself!


If you like this makeover, I’d love for you to pin it to one of your boards on Pinterest for others to discover.

A Harmony House mid-century desk discovered at Goodwill in rough shape gets a makeover to make it pretty once again.


I received my August Stitch Fix box last week and will share the contents later this week.  Also stay tuned for a fun giveaway coming up at the end of the week!

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  1. Wow! This makeover is just gorgeous! I love the blue and white! I bet it will sell quickly. The chair looks perfect with it too!
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  2. Love it! The color combo is so pretty! The chair’s the perfect match!
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  3. Beautiful redo, love the lines of that piece great find from goodwill, the metallic really finishes it off nicely too.
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  4. Wow, it’s a beauty Paula!! Love the colors you chose too. 🙂
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  5. OMG, your transformation is beautiful. Love your color choices. Congrats on such a gem!
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  6. What an incredible makeover. Love those colors. We’re featuring your project tomorrow on our weekend features post! Have a great weekend. 🙂
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  7. Paula–I am just trying my hand are refinishing and haven’t quite mastered the sanding. Can you give me some helpful tips
    Thank You

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Hi, Jeannie! I use a palm sander on flat areas and like to use foam block sanders for curves and smaller parts. I buy these buy the box at Lowe’s.


  8. Kendra @ says:

    Such a beautiful makeover! Love the color! So glad you shared it at our party… featuring you this Thursday! Hope you have a great week 🙂

  9. Wow! What a beautiful transformation on this desk and chair! I love it!

  10. This is so pretty! Well Done! You do beautiful work! Please come and share! I would love it if you would join in on my Making Broken Beautiful party! It starts 6:00pm (MST) this Thursday September 10 and I would love to have you join up each week!
    Smiles for a great week!
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