Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest Desk Revamp with General Finishes - Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest Desk Revamp with General Finishes

A standard cherry Target type desk with hutch is revamped with General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood. Part of the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest. Entered into the September 2015 "geometric" contest. Stencil design used on drawers. #paint #milkpaint #generalfinishes #FFFC #furniture #flip

General Finishes Driftwood Desk

I decided to try my hand at the Fab Flipping Contest this past month. Have you heard of it? It’s a fabulous contest put on every month by some awesome bloggers!

FFFC  main graphic revised for Sept

The theme for September was “Geometric”. Lynn and Carrie kicked it off with these amazing redo’s:

On Fern Avenue General Finishes Geometric Design  30 of 6

Lynn’s Sofa Table

The Chesapeake Cabinet 0637 WM

Carrie’s Chesapeake Cabinet

     How great are those? In addition to the theme being “Geometric”, the sponsor for this month was General Finishes. General Finishes offers a wide range of painting supplies. They carry non-traditional Milk Paint (Not made with milk, but reminiscent of the old look of milk paint) and Gel Stains. I’ve used them in the past and have been very pleased with their products, so I was excited to work with them again during this makeover. As a bonus, General Finishes sent me a can of Driftwood Milk Paint.

Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, General Finishes, in order to complete their themed projects. General Finishes will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.)

I decided to redo this desk and hutch that I scored for $20. I wanted it in our living room, but didn’t want another dark piece.

Desk before General Finishes

The top had suffered a bit of damage, and the keyboard drawer need a bit of help.
I decided to try out my Finish Max Paint Sprayer and their paint shelter/tent. I tried to wait until it wasn't a million degrees in Texas, but had no such luck.

Finish Max Sprayer and shelter

I think my neighbors thought I was nuts.
I did have to thin the paint, but OMG, it was amazing to spray! It came out so smoothly, it is like butter. I didn’t have drips or clumps. It is the smoothest paint job I’ve had on any piece of furniture.
Since the theme was “geometric” I added a stencil. I know, real original, huh?
pouncing on a stencil

I used a lighter shade of gray that I had hanging around.
Stencil after with stencil spray
My stencil spray left a little residue, but I was able to sand it down (but here is a pic so you can see).

Driftwood desk and chair

And here it is, in my living room! I apologize for the pictures, apparently I live in a super dark cave.
I added a chair in a lighter color, with a fabric pattern that matches both paints, and mimics the geometric design on the drawer.
Here’s what the chair looked like before:

Driftwood desk and chair

Desk with coffee

General Finishes milk paint desk

Geometric drawer

Here’s a closer look at the stencil design
Keyboard desk

Here you can see the keyboard drawer flipped open. All fixed now!

Stenciled drawer

The drawer again.
So here we are:
Desk before General Finishes


Are you a blogger interested in participating in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest? Be sure to contact  info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com


  1. Ooh, this looks great! And that tent looks awesome.

  2. Nice transformation, I really have one of those tents on my wish list as I need to spray outside as well. It's hot down here in S Florida as well, but also rains every afternoon. I see quite a few morning painting jobs in the near future!

  3. I am amazed at how beautiful the desk and chair look! You did a great job with the transformation.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We hope to see you again.
    Julie xo

  4. I totally love this! It looks so great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. I love your Longaberger added to your decor.

  6. This was a lovely makeover! I have not tried the General Finishes Milk Paint yet but that is next on my list! I love the colour; great job! Thanks for linking this up to the Bewitchin' Projects Block party. Hugs, Lisa

  7. Great makeover! I like the colors you chose. The desk looks brand new again. :)

  8. This is just gorgeous! Love that we're in the same contest! I'm featuring this tomorrow night at our Best of the Weekend Link party. Thanks for linking up with us!

  9. You did a beautiful job and by the way I love the stencil. Nice color too.


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