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I wanted to start by saying THANK YOU! for all the lovely comments we received when we announced that we are homeowners, I loved reading all of them! It feels so good to be in our own house now. We moved weekends ago and after a full week with no internet service I am very happy to be back, but still trying to catch up with work and emails =]

The very first project I got to tackle the week we moved (other than cleaning, trying to unpack and organizing) was the revamp for the built-in desk in the sewing room because since the minute I saw it I knew I wanted to prettify it.

The countertop was a laminate surface, so I come out with a bunch of different ideas to revamp it, I thought painting was not going to be a very durable option with me using it all the time, but once at the store, I realized that they had a special paint for laminated surfaces! silly me =]

I guess I just needed to go out there and see what the store had, I was planning on adding a vinyl sheet as one of the top ideas on my list, but they were all a lot more complicated than just paint, so I am super happy they had the exact color tint for this pain (they only carry 16 different colors).

To start I took all of the drawers and doors apart, then took all of the hardware off, clean it very well and added paper an tape around all the areas I was going to paint. The inside of the cabinets was super dark, so I also planned on painting it (white) so that I could see in there better.

Because this is a build-in taping was kind of hard on some areas but it just required some extra patience =] For the countertop I was surprised of how good of a coverage the paint had, I could have left it with just one layer, but to be sure I did 2 anyways.

The rest of the structure was solid wood, so I end up giving it 3 layers of paint, the pink covered really well but since it had more intricate corners I preferred to give it one more =]

I also wanted to share a little trick I use every time I need to paint hardware and screws, if I need the heads of the screws to be the same color as the hardware I just pinch them to a piece of styrofoam, as for the hardware I choose the side that will be visible to paint first and then once it's dry I take it out and finish the other side. This has always worked really well for me, so I hope it can help others too =]

I also wanted to share one of the things that excited me the most about the built-in, it has an extendable top. I think it would be the perfect space to have a Serger (since they are not needed all the time) I could easily pull it out every time I need it =]

Now I just need to buy one, but with the new house and such I don't see it happening anytime soon, but at least it already has a place in the sewing room =] I just love the mechanism inside, it has a little handle in the bottom that you pull to unlock so you can put it back it. So perfect!

For the hardware I just spray painted with a very similar color pink, it's a shade softer but you can hardly tell. At first, I wanted it to be a hotter pink but now I think it looks good and I am starting to like it more and more.

And as usual I had to share a picture of how Curly keeps me company when I work, it was pretty cold with all the doors and windows open in the studio, so he just crawls into a ball to stay warm. He is doing so much better now in the house, at first he was super scare of the stairs (we use to only have a 2 level house, not 3 like now) He used to cry for us to take him up and down but after a few days he goes all by himself and we play hide and seek whenever I have to go up or down =]

I can't wait to have more time and keep on going on the rest of the projects I have lined up, so I can unpack and start to sew again =] and don't worry I know I am still owing 2 tutorials, I hope to finish one of them next weekend so I can share it next week!

**UPDATE: the paint color I used is BEHR ultra 110B-4 (Foxy Pink)

That's it for the revamp of the built-in, more on how the studio/office/sewing room is coming together soon =]
I hope you all have a lovely and sunny day!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

27 replies
  1. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    As I said on facebook, I love the color and can’t wait to see it when you’re done. And, Curly looks like he’s getting quite “at home ” <3

  2. Janie
    Janie says:

    it looks gorgeous! and i’m so jealous of the extending table mechanism you have. it would be so nice to be able to store the serger away so easily and quickly. maybe i’d use mine more if it was that easy! can’t wait to see the rest of the transformation :)

  3. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    I have cupboards that I would like to paint….did you use a sprayer? If so, what kind do you have? Thanks! Kathleen

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Kathleen, I actually used the old school brush for this, my husband also told me that it would have been way faster with the spray gun but it seemed too much work to prep for my pregnant self hehe.

  4. Alexis
    Alexis says:

    I think your cupboards look fabulous. I’m sure you will soon have the rest of your new home looking gorgeous!

  5. Joelle
    Joelle says:

    Your desk turned out just beautifully! I love the pink too. That’s definitely my color right there :) And your blog is just gorgeous as well!

    Visiting from our class last night! Are you planning on doing any other Alt classes? If so, I hope to see you there!


  6. Towanda Foster
    Towanda Foster says:

    I love you boldness in color. Would love to see the completed room. Awesome job!!!!

  7. Lori
    Lori says:

    Beautiful! I love the pink, it makes it more girly (as it should be for a sewing room)

    I’m in the middle of re-arranging (wish I could “revamp”!) my craft area in the basement. Have a long way to go, but perhaps the “L” desk should be painted a lovely shade such as this.

    Congratulations, too, on your impending arrival.
    I wish you a happy, stress-free, easy pregnancy.
    There is NOTHING like your first baby, it’s heaven on earth.


  8. Phyllis
    Phyllis says:

    I love your styrofoam idea for painting hardware and screws. We always have a block of that lying around from my husband’s various projects. Thank you for sharing this! Enjoy your new space. It’s beautiful!

  9. Julis Mendes
    Julis Mendes says:

    I loved the idea and color! I am looking forward on craft spaces ideas, since I am moving to a new home where I finally will have my space! =)

  10. melissa
    melissa says:

    I love this color pink. Can you please post what it’s called and who makes it?

  11. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    HI. Awesome! Love this idea for a sewing machine too. Please tell me where you found the hardware?

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Debbie!

      Actually all of the hardware was there already, so I am not sure where you’ll find it, maybe you can ask at Home depot or Lowes?
      Have a lovely day!

      Joy –

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