May 5, 2015

The Stripe Desk Makeover and a BUSY Weekend!

Wow....I'm exhausted.  We had a non-stop weekend!  Soccer and baseball games with the grandsons all day Saturday, and Dean and I spent all day Sunday in the garage working on furniture for the shop and Lucketts.  As my dad used to Dogs are hurting!

 However, I couldn't have had a better weekend. :)

I am so happy that I can finally share with you the makeover of that awful teal and white desk I bought a few weeks ago. This one gave me a fit and it took a long time for me to get a good vision of what I wanted. 

Here is what I started out with...

Kinda scary, huh?  

Luckily, I know furniture pretty well and I knew exactly what was underneath.  This is one solid piece and made very well.

I started sanding the top, and found that there were multiple layers of paint.  Years and years of paint.  Over mahogany.  I knew right then and there that I was NOT going to strip all that paint from the entire piece.  It would have taken me a super long time to do that....

Sooooo, I decided to go with a very old European look.  I used the chippy paint as texture underneath Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

The drawers were given a decoupage treatment with some French script tissue paper and new pulls were added. 

I stained the top back to mahogany....

...and chose a satin finish to keep it in tune with the feel of the piece. 

After sanding it back to reveal some of the wood and layers of paint, I finished it off with clear and dark wax.....really getting the dark in all the nooks and crannies.  The tissue paper was already coated with decoupage, but the dark wax made it's way in some areas, creating an authentic stained look.

I have to say that this is a little different for me, but I think it works!  It's already loaded on the trailer and will be heading to Lucketts next week!

'til next time!

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