My station at work was really cute.. but it wasn't very practical. The drawers in the dresser were not functional. I could barely get in and out of it. So now I've learned that when buying from an antique store always check to make sure it works :)
I went back to the Frisco Mercantile quite a few times looking for a replacement. After lots of measuring I finally decided on this desk. It is in great condition and most importantly the drawers open, hehe. I'm not a big fan of green, though, so I decided to give painting a try. I had never done this before so I looked on Pinterest and asked my parents for tips.
Basically, I sanded it down by hand a little bit then used a liquid sander. It was easy to just rub on with an old t-shirt. That acted as a primer and since I was going to paint it black I didn't care too much about getting all the green off. I only did one coat of black paint. It looked fabulous! So I left that alone and did one coat of pink paint on the drawers. I liked that some of the green would show through - it looked like I distressed it and put a black glaze on it, but I didn't - just one coat of pink was enough! The handles had a bit of green paint on them, too, so all I did was spray paint them gold. After waiting a few days I painted a clear coat on and waited a few more days before moving it into the salon.
I also bought a different mirror while at the Frisco Mercantile. The gold frilly mirror matched Trenette's on the left and felt more exquisite. And I added some cute vintage pictures to the wall from AllPosters.com. I am really happy with how it turned out! I love using my station at work now - it's functional and pretty!