Monday, February 11, 2013

Beauty in Blue... Vintage Desk Makeover

I am so excited to share this furniture makeover with you! Between a full-time job and 2 kids (not to mention a really tiny home in which to work), I don't get as many large projects done as I'd like. It's a shame, too, because they really don't take very long when you're using chalk paint. It dries so quickly and is so easily distressed. But, with limited time, it is what it is. Anyway, on to the show! 

This old gal was one of our very first furniture purchases. We bought it from a craigslist ad and I've had it in my home for quite some time now, actually using it to store my odds and ends of the business (sandpaper, hardware, you name it!). But I've been dying to paint it for awhile and I finally got everything cleared out of it and moved it to my work space. My work space, at least in the winter, consists of a (maybe) 8' x 4' area in front of my washer and dryer! lol. It's the best I've got so we make do. And the kids are very aware that they must leave whatever is in the work space alone! That being said, they did slip this weekend and attempt to spin a top on my new desk surface! Yes... a spinning top! Thought I might have to put them outside in the snow after that one! :)

After all, I had sanded the top of this beauty down, stained it 3 times with my favorite dark stain and put 3 coats of poly on it. After all that hard work, I didn't want to redo it! Again! Which is precisely what I told them. And they proceeded to keep their paws off! 

When it came to choosing a color scheme for this desk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had pinned a Miss Mustard Seed project long ago, when we first started this little venture we call On A Whim. She had painted a very similar desk with these colors and I simply fell in love when I saw it. I just love the Annie Sloan™ Old White and the dark wood top together. And the Duck Egg Blue on the drawer fronts and the sides is simply a perfect match with those. When I happened to get some Duck Egg for another project, I just knew I needed to work on this old desk! 

The previous owners had taken good care of her. I did fill in a few dings on the sides and top. But not all of them. I kept a few smaller marks on the top because I knew they would end up adding to this girl's character when she was all brand new

After painting/waxing/distressing/staining I just love how this Beauty in Blue turned out.

How about you?

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