the ‘think you’re so hott’ desk

When Ben and I were only a few weeks away from getting married, we went to Walmart and bought our first ‘home’ purchase together. It was a white computer desk with a detachable hutch, and I was feeling pretty hott.

It was a big ole’ desk. At the time, I was so excited to be buying something so grown-up with my husband to be, I could have cared less what it looked like. It really wasn’t that bad, though. It wasn’t made of real wood, but it was still pretty. It was white with a brown desk top.

I felt so cool buying that desk. I must have flashed my engagement ring at the checkout counter a zillion times.

We sold that hott computer desk about a month ago. It was just too big for our tiny house, and it really wasn’t functional for us anymore. It had too many open shelves that PB could get in to. I’ll admit, though, I was a little sad to see it go. I got a little sentimental about it.

I started searching for a new computer desk when I ran across this beauty, in my parent’s basement:

And guess what this is? It’s my mom and dad’s ‘think you’re so hott’ computer desk!

This desk has been sitting in their basement for at least 20 years (it’s at least 30 years old). I never paid any attention to it until I needed a really cheap (or free) computer desk. And then, all of the sudden, it looked like a million bucks to me.

I asked mom if I could have it. She said yes. And then she went on to tell me that this was the first thing that her and dad bought as newlyweds. She said she thought she was so hott when they bought that desk.

I had to laugh when she told me this, as I had felt the same thing about our old computer desk. Something about your first ‘home’ purchase as newlyweds that makes you feel like you are just the coolest thing since sliced bread. You kinda feel invincible. You feel so grown up and giddy about your new life with each other. You have so much pride in all that you do together.

I hope we always feel like that.

So, I went to work. First, I washed down the whole desk, removed the hardware, and then sanded it with 80 grit sandpaper. Then, I painted it with 1 coat of primer and 3 coats of paint. I originally thought the whole desk was real wood, but alas, the top of the table was not. I was a little bummed because I had planned on just staining the top of the desk. So I improvised, and painted the top of the desk a deep brown. And then I sanded a little more, and added some stain to the edges to give it an antiqued look. Finally, I added a clear coat of polyurethane to the top of the desk and let it dry for about 3 days.

The finished ‘think you’re so hott desk’:

I spend about $25 on paint and rollers. I also spent $4.50 on new knobs for the top drawers. I spray painted the old pulls to save some money.

Maybe one day, PB and his wife will ask if they can have this ole’ desk as newlyweds. And maybe they’ll think they’re so hott when they bring it in their house together. And then I’ll tell him how his grandparents thought they were so hott when they got the desk, and how Ben and I thought we were so hott when we bought our first computer desk.

And then he’ll tell me that we’re nerds.

What about y’all, do you have any ‘think you’re so hott’ newlywed purchases? Did you feel like a million bucks when you made your first purchase together? Or are we just really nerds?

Have a blessed Wednesday 🙂


23 thoughts on “the ‘think you’re so hott’ desk

  1. I love this post… Geno and I have that SAME desk! We found it at the community garage sale in Johnson City. You have inspired me to spruce it up a bit 😉


  2. omg i love it! you really made it look beautiful! we have a desk like your original you're so hott desk! haha, its from walmart as well… and we bought it when we moved from an apt into our house and actually got internet–it was our, we're official desk. haha! you make me want to selll mine and go searching in basements and buildings! gorgeous! and i am gonna post your fbk about elf on the shelf! you could probably do it with pb next year.. evie finds it exciting but of course doesnt understand yet..but hailey has talked about him non stop since he came;)


  3. Wow! It barely looks like the same desk! Great job! All of our furniture is hand-me-down from someone else except our kitchen table that I bought off Craigslist and I felt so awesome about it! I felt more awesome though when I refinished one of our bedroom dressers (probably because I made it 'ours' without spending much money lol)


  4. Our first newlywed purchase was a timeshare on our honeymoon. We really thought we were HOT STUFF. Now 12 years later, we can't give the stupid thing away. Funny how when your newly married you think your SO SMART and buy the stupidest stuff.


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