March 03, 2013

Desk Makeover

I seem to be working in pairs lately. I did two desks this past week and two cribs in the last month. I'm still waiting on after pictures for the cribs but I am hoping to share them soon. Both cribs have been delivered and one of the babies has been delivered (congrats Amanda). The only thing we are waiting on now is bedding so we can stage the cribs and take cute pictures.

The nice lady who bought the Soldier Blue Buffet was also looking for a desk which I just happened to have in my inventory. The desk was already painted white with a horrible coat of polyurethane.

 I sanded the top and sanded the layer of poly off the whole desk. It's amazing what a difference a stained top can make!

I used my usual homemade chalk paint (1cup paint and 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda). I also used my usual Swiss Coffee by Behr. She wanted white but not a bright white....Swiss Coffee fits that description perfectly. 

I kept the pulls and sprayed them with oil rubbed bronze. They were sprayed black originally but with a flat boring black. 
I also lightly distressed around the edges and sealed with wax. Personally, I am not a fan of polyurethane. Even though the label says it will not yellow (even the water based poly)....IT DOES! Plus it can leaves drips if you aren't careful. I have also used rub-on poly which is easier to use but it can still yellow.  Therefore, I am a huge fan of wax. 

What kind do you like better: wax or poly?

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  1. I really love this result, the desk looks beautiful. I must try this bicab chalk paint as i've only used the plaster of paris mix before.
    thanks for the inspiration.
    Bec x

  2. I am a huge fan of the two-tone look & this is no exception. You did a fantastic job! (also, I prefer wax over poly as well).

  3. It looks so beautiful. Please,please share at Restyled Sundays.

  4. Whoa! wonderful it looks so stunning piece of furniture. you did a great job I have a dressing table and now I must try this chalk paint. Especially round mirror really looks so chic really I love it.

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  5. Looks great ! I'm going to try that homemade chalk paint recipe .

  6. Question: did you seal both the stain and paint with the wax? I've never used wax before, but have been toying with the idea. Any advice would be welcome.

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