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I love the use of large artwork throughout, despite the small size of the space. The paintings are gorgeous and add so much life to the space!


Karen's Micro Space in Marin House Tour
10/14/13 01:36 PM

Thanks for all of the tips readers!

So far, I've figured out that the top is indeed laminate and it seems as though the drawer fronts are veneer. It sounds like there are some good products out there to restore the wood, so I'll start with that. I like the tip of finding some glass to top it off - that way I can change out the look just by placing different fabrics/items below the glass. Now to track down an inexpensive piece of glass!

- Sabah


How To Tell if Secondhand Desk is Veneer or Laminate & How Do I Refinish It? Good Questions
10/3/13 07:53 PM

@hippopo Thanks for this description - that helps a lot. I'll have to inspect the desk closer, but it does seem like the drawer fronts might be veneer and the top laminate.


How To Tell if Secondhand Desk is Veneer or Laminate & How Do I Refinish It? Good Questions
10/2/13 09:40 PM

@TravelingRae - I love the look of the vinyl finish! I think it might be beyond my DIY skills for this one though. Maybe if I gain more confidence I can alter the desk again in the future like this.


How To Tell if Secondhand Desk is Veneer or Laminate & How Do I Refinish It? Good Questions
10/2/13 09:33 PM

@FurryHen and @terio Someone had suggested to me to finish the top with a White board finish (so I can take notes etc on the desk top itself - I'll be using it primarily for school work), I wasn't sure that it would match the design of the desk though. The picture of the desk you finished though looks great!


How To Tell if Secondhand Desk is Veneer or Laminate & How Do I Refinish It? Good Questions
10/2/13 09:32 PM

@cate.fricke Thanks for the insight! I love that this might have been a sewing table, and now I understand why the top is so different from the rest of the desk.


How To Tell if Secondhand Desk is Veneer or Laminate & How Do I Refinish It? Good Questions
10/2/13 09:30 PM

Great tip! Thanks!


How To Tell if Secondhand Desk is Veneer or Laminate & How Do I Refinish It? Good Questions
10/2/13 09:28 PM