Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Tina Fey Sexy Librarian Desk


Don’t you love Tina Fey? She's sweet and funny and talented and smart, but can totally pull off the whole sexy librarian thing…


Kinda like how an old beat up library table that looked a lot like this:

ebay desk

Now has sexy long Tiffany blue legs with brushed brass trim and dipped feet…

leg close

Brushed brass drawer pulls…


After much debating, a bright green top…

green top

And a little citrusy surprise inside the drawers…

orange drawers 1

Put it all together, and you’ve got the Tina Fey Sexy Librarian Desk!

desk 2

corner view 1

I’m so seriously in love with this desk. I go downstairs every night before bed and just look at it. Yes, I’m weird that way! In fact, I’m totally loving how the whole craft room is evolving. I’ve got more craft room projects to show you soon!

The Tina Fey Sexy Librarian Desk How-To

1. Dismantle the table {mine was already dismantled and had been sitting in the garage in pieces since 2001}.

desk drawers

2. Think about what colours to paint it.

desk top

3. Add 6” blocks of wood to the bottoms of the legs to raise the desk height to 36”. This is the perfect height for me to stand at when I paint and do other craft projects – that’s just how I roll! This also conveniently creates “feet” that are perfect for painting with the dipped look.

desk legs

4. Sand all desk parts with a hand sander. Use a fine grit sandpaper to sand the brass trim on the legs and drawer pulls.


5. Paint all the desk parts with two coats of BIN Zinsser primer. {I was sure I took in-progress pics, but I can’t find them anywhere}.

6. Use the following colours from PARA Paints to paint the desk parts:

image P5216-14D Climb the Mast Legs below brass bands 3 coats with a good quality brush
image P5021-41D Shopping Spree Desk body & legs above brass bands 3 coats with a good quality brush
image P5072-65 Sunkist Inside of drawers 3 coats with a good quality brush
image P5044-62 Leek Top of desk 4 coats with a good quality roller

7. Wax the exterior sides and the bottoms of the drawers so they slide in and out easily. {I used Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.} I still haven’t decided how to finish the rest of the desk top – wax or varathane. And I may use a sheet of glass on the top.

8. Fall in love with your new Tiny Fey Sexy Librarian Desk!

desk 1 orange drawers 3

A big thank you to PARA Paints and Bonds Decor on Bank Street in Ottawa for providing all the paint for my sexy desk project, which is my third project as a member of the PARA Paints Blog Crew. Click here to see my chair makeover and click here to see my striped craft room walls.

whole chair stripes

Linking up to…

Between Naps On the PorchSetting for Four


  1. Absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. Leek is a fine colour :)

  2. Wow. I love the combination color!! Grat Job . Beautiful!!!!

  3. Really turned out wonderfully Kelly!! Love the colours you've chosen :-) Victoria

  4. I love that you even painted inside the drawers, and with a contrasting colour no less! The whole thing looks really cool. :)

    1. Thanks Linda :-) I wanted to do something fun & unexpected, plus I want to use orange in small doses in my craft room - orange inside the drawers is the perfect way to do that :-)

  5. Once again my jaw has dropped in amazement at your creativity !!!

  6. Sexy desk. No wonder you go give it a good night kiss. The color choices and metal touches are so pretty. I would top it with a few coats of marine grade varnish.

  7. Congratulations on this makeover!! It's so fun!! Man, you inspire me so!!

  8. Love it! It looks so fun and sexy now! Great job!

  9. Great job Kelly. I especially love those legs! :)

  10. What a fabulous job, Kelly, and I love the sunkist surprise when you open the drawers! The brass is also a very awesome feature... glass on top would be a perfect fit!

  11. That desk is sexy and she knows it! Take off the glasses, let down the hair, and those librarian types are always the wildest ones!


  12. First things first...LOVE TINA!!!! : ) it's a toss up between Tina and Amy -- love them both buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I LOVE THIS DESK MORE!!!!! Wow what an awesome fabulous job you did! It is just incredible! LOVE IT from top to bottom! Thanks for sharing this one and so sorry I have been away for a bit...I will be visiting more often : ) hugs...

  13. Wow your desk looks AMAZING!! I absolutely love your color choices, they are so fun and daring. And the walls- I'm awestruck! I was really insired by this patters too and made a painting out of it a few weeks ago :) KW is so inspiring don't you think? I can't wait to see the greatness you will create in this room in the future =)

    xox Linda

  14. I absolutely love, love, love this Kelly. It's the best transformation I've seen in a while. I love how you say, "add 6" block to legs" as if we know how to do this. You are crazy talented girl.

  15. Stunning Kelly - completely love how you customized it too by adding height to the legs! You are so clever! Thanks for linking your creativity up to It's Party Time!

  16. LOVE the colors you chose for the table! Its so vibrant! Great job :)

  17. Awesome makeover!! How fun! Love, love those colors.

    Morgan @ PDB :)

  18. i would love to feature your table redo, if that would be ok please let me know,


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