Double Take: White Mid-Century Desk and Yellow Chair (Before & After)

Yesterday Kah showcased a sneak peak of a desk we scored off of Craigslist for $10. Yes $10! I’ve paid more for useless items which is why we’re so excited. The lovely couple just wanted to get rid of it so they sold it for as less as possible. God Bless them! You guys have no idea how long we’ve been looking for a desk for the lonely corner in our living room. There were a few things that were holding us back for a while:

1. Must be reasonably priced and thrifted. Thrifted because we planned to paint and reasonably priced for the same reason. Who wants to pay a lot of money for something they will makeover?

2. Fit with the existing furniture in our living room. Most of the pieces have a mid-century feel to them so that is what we were looking for.

3. Size. The corner isn’t small but it isn’t big either. The depth is what really matter here. The corner’s depth is a pedestrian 19”. My bedroom nightstands stick out further than that. Most desks were at least 20″-24″ in depth. However, we didn’t let that deter us.

4. It must be cute. Curves or clean line. It didn’t matter. We all love something that we can’t stop gawking at, right?

Well, let me show you the before of our Mid-century Desk.  It’s quite a looker even it’s original state.

See? Great hardware and great lines all for 10 bucks! I can’t get over that *Giggles* Well this beauty received a fresh coat of white as to not visually shrink the already small corner. The exact measurements of this desk are W: 48″ H: “30 and D: 18”. Can you say perfect? Check it out below:

Here’s another shot (Kah was attempting to stage before going to work)

Here in this shot were trying to decide on how to style this area. Lamp and mirror? Maybe not. Chair with gorgeous back details? Of course! In red? No.

In yellow? Yay! We included a bonus before and after here. And the styling has changed again.

This lovely bright color is called “Macaw” by Behr. The chair was gorgeous in red, but we LOVE it in yellow! Here you can see it again. Please ignore Kah’s laptop. Question is that Billie Holiday print too bold here in its black and white state? We can change it’s colors since we edited this print on Photoshop. And how bout this lamp? Should it remain gold? What about the neutral lampshade? Does it need to be covered in a lovely fabric?

Below is a different, more straight-on angle. Isn’t that striped suitcase cute! Should we still make it into a side table or use it as a decorative prop in vignettes?

Take a look at two more photos while you all  think about it

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Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects

About Milla

Milla is the other half of the Design Par Deux duo. She enjoys finding design inspiration in all things creative. She has an unhealthy obsession with the color Turquoise.

48 Responses to Double Take: White Mid-Century Desk and Yellow Chair (Before & After)

  1. Rebecca McDonald

    I am so impressed with this! I love the red but the yellow was perfect! Such a great job and an awesome deal! Love seeing you both at the “Meet Me Monday” linky party! I can’t wait to see more! Love, Me

    • Milla

      Thanks for hosting Rebecca and of course for visiting. We will be back to your linky party soon.

  2. Kim

    Love, love, love these makeovers. Both the chair and the desk look amazing!

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Kim for visiting!

  3. cassie

    love it! i love that style of desk, and that yellow chair knocks it out of the park! shazam!

    • Kahli

      Shazam! Lol! I love the yellow it’ll brighten up my day always :)

  4. Christine

    I love it in white! And with that yellow chair, cute. I have my own midcentury desk that I am in the middle of a redo with. Hope mine looks just as good :-)

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Christine. Hope your desk comes out great

  5. Courtney

    The desk looks great, girls! What an awesome find!! The white looks perfect and I’d definately add some mod fabric to the lamp, it has such a cool shape!

    • Milla

      Ok so one vote for a covered shade so far. Thanks Courtney

  6. Paula

    OMG…wow…what a return on your investment because it is a million dollar job. I love the transformation. Although I tend to be bias towards red…I am loving the sunny yellow. Fabulous!


    • Milla

      Lol Paula. I love red too because it is bold but sunny yellow works better

  7. Jessica @ Balancing the Dream

    love love love that yellow chair!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Jessica for visiting! Yellow is great!

  8. Katie

    Oh I love it!!! The yellow chair is perfect! That desk style is just so fun! It looks great in white!

  9. Courtney

    I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!

  10. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}

    Oh I do love me a bit of yellow… looks fab with the desk – and $10!?? I’d be smilin’ too!! x

    • Milla

      Lol thanks Redilocks. I’m still excited almost a week later

  11. Michelle

    Oh yes it has to be yellow! This looks so funky I love yellow in study areas, it’s the colour I’ve picked for mine as well. Awesome styling chickadee :)

  12. Sherika Alston

    You girls are awesome!! Love everything about the desk, chair and your blog!!!

    • Milla

      Aww thanks very much Sherika. It’s much appreciated

  13. holly ll

    What a gorgeous desk…and that price – insane! Love it with that gorgeous yellow chair!

  14. Honey

    The yellow chair is just perfect for the look you wanted. Nice desk too..great price!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  15. Susan

    The desk and chair are fab. The yellow is so sunny and striking! The lamp should be spray painted in glossy black! :)

    • Milla

      Hi Susan! Glossy black huh? Didn’t think of that one

      • Susan

        Absolutely…and then add a black grosgrain ribbon band to the top and bottom of the shade. It will look gorgeous.

        • Milla

          That sounds gorgeous I wonder if it will fit with the rest of the Living room. It’s too cold to spray paint though :(

  16. Rachel @

    Love the chair in yellow! And I think the Billie Holiday print is just right. It’s so graphic, and matches/compliments the graphic nature of the chair/desk combo. I say go for it!

    • Kahli

      Thanks for you words of approval there Rachel! We really appreciate it :)

  17. Suzy

    I love midcentury furniture and you ladies did a great job transforming the desk, but I LOVE the yellow chair. So pretty! I would paint the lamp and maybe add some trim or fabric to the shade for a pop of color. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kahli

      Thanks for the kind comments suzy! What color would you suggest?

  18. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime

    As always, you consistently come up with a great project :) Thanks for linking up again, Kahli!

    • Kahli

      Thanks me and my sis really appreciate it!

  19. Gwen

    Fab, fab, fab!

  20. Kelly @ JAX does design

    The desk was a great find! I’d cover the lampshade in a cool grey & yellow Ikat fabric, or something really graphic and funky if Ikat isn’t your thing. And I’d paint the base – maybe glossy black. And I like the Billie Holliday print just as it is.

    • Kahli

      I like the idea of a gray and yellow print on the lampshade. If we find one for a good price we’ll definitely consider buying it. Glossy black could look nice. We weren’t considering painting the lampbase as of yet because we didn’t mind the gold and it’s getting colder out. So we’ll have to think fast! Thanks for your sweet comments Kelly!

  21. Andrea @Oasis Accents

    It’s so awesome that you found such a cool desk that fit the space and for a great price. Looks like you’ve had some great comments to help you with your lamp too. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday’s Best =)

  22. Nellene

    This is the perfect example of inexpensive diy chic! LOVE IT…

    • Kahli

      I still can’t believe we got the desk for 10 dollars! Thanks for visiting

  23. Kammy from Kammy's Korner

    awesome!!!! Love it all – especially the chair with it! And that suitcase? ya’ll are aewsome.

  24. Britney

    Great score! Love the yellow chair. I think that the lamp shade for sure needs some pretty fabric 😉 Also love the suitcase. Awesome-ness. Thanks for linking it up with us at our linky party :)

    • Milla

      hey Britney! I think the lampshade needs pretty fabric as well but that’s always hard to find. Thanks for stopping by

  25. Sherry

    Great find! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  26. The Vintage Lemon

    Amazing. It looks totally amazing! I LOVE the yellow chair! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Megan

    The whole area is stunnning! Ho wcome I can never find any thing worth a dang on Craiglist. I mean, $10?! That is almost unthinkable! Great job!

    • Kahli

      Trust me we get lucky sometimes. We were definitely surprised to learn it was only 10 bucks! The chair was $15 about 2 years back.

  28. Karen

    Love this little vignette! Thank you for sharing, I am featuring tomorrow at my linky party!

    • Milla

      Aww a feature! Thanks a lot Karen. Thanks for hosting

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