I've been wanting to switch up the bases of my desk/sewing table for a little while now. They just weren't that functional. I thought they would be when we first bought them, but I've really missed having drawers. We actually sold my desk that I made out of door a little while ago, so this is the only desk in the room now. I loved that desk, but we just didn't need it and if we end up moving we didn't want to have to move it. I'm on a bit of a "get rid of everything" spree right now. Anyways, I was looking for new bases and I knew I wanted something like a filing cabinet so that we could use it for important documents and then use the other drawers for storage.
I loved this one that I found at Homegoods. Isn't it the prettiest shade of pink? But they only had one and the price was a little steep, at least for me.
Then a few weeks later I came across this pair at a yard sale. I originally wanted something metal, but I knew I would regret passing these up, especially for the price. They were part of one of those awkward corner desks and thankfully the guy sold me just the bases. The bottom drawers on both have the option to hold hanging files and then the top two drawers are just extra storage.
They look like wood, but they are actually a laminate material like most generic office furniture. I wasn't sure how to go about painting them, but then Kilz sent me this awesome Adhesion Bonding Primer that will stick to just about anything. I was excited to give it a try.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised with how well it adhered to the laminate. I didn't even sand before I got started. I just gave them a good wipe down. Then, I used a foam roller to apply it and it worked great. I did two coats of primer and then followed up with two coats of semi gloss white paint. The cup pulls were actually different on the two bases, you can kind of tell in the before picture. I thought that was odd, but I didn't mind because I knew I wanted them to be gold anyway. I gave them a few light coats of Rustoleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint.
I'm already loving having so much more storage than before! Now I just need to find a narrow office chair that will fit between the bases. I'm thinking a ghost chair like this one might be the perfect solution!