Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Updated Vintage Desk

This was one of those projects that seemed to drag on forever.  I totally have no idea why, it was just like I would do a step and then put it away for a couple of weeks. Has this ever happened to you?
Anyway, I had used a color, probably about a year ago called aquamarine from Behr that I absolutely loved. It is a very, very deep turquoise and I knew it would be perfect for this piece because it would compliment the gorgeous original brass hardware beautifully.
I started out by making a couple of minor repairs and then sanding and using an adhesion primer because it still felt a bit glossy.  I then applied two coats of the aquamarine paint.
Instead of immediately distressing and waxing (which is what I typically do) I applied a coat of a dark walnut stain that had a poly already in it.
When that had fully dried I distressed everything using the electric sander. It still retained enough of the poly finish to have excellent protection, but it gave the piece a wonderful aged look.
I really love how this came out! And best of all it is going to a good friend of mine.
I just found a great chair the other day to accompany it (which was super challenging because it needed to be narrower than a typical dining room sized chair). Odd side story was that this elderly foreign man literally was stalking me as I tried to get away from him with the chair at the thrift store. But it was worth it. I think the chair is going to be just perfect!
Enjoy your day! I'm sure mine will involve painting and all that.


Linking to: 
DIY Show Off Mod Vintage Lifehttp://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2013/02/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no151.htmlthurCozyLittleHousebadge150xhttp://www.cozylittlehouse.com/ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia52 MantelsBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucket A Delightsome Life vif187http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/ Boogieboard Cottage”Fall  http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/



  1. Love the beautiful finish you achieved! And you are right, I sometimes have trouble finding narrow chairs for vintage desks too!

  2. love it! the color is gorgeous! and yes, i have projects like that- i have one that has been half done in my garage for months! :)

  3. Love this little desk! The color and hardware is perfect! If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-link-party-7.html

  4. This came out great. I love the color and the way the stain and sanding added character.


  5. Your desk turned out wonderful. Love the color you chose. Look forward to seeing the chair.
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  6. Beautiful desk! The stain gives it a worn look.


  7. Yes! I do have those projects - big and small - I hope this is the year I get them checked off my list. I love the color and look to this desk! Beautifully done! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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