One of the fun things about painting furniture is that once people become aware of what you do, they start bringing you their old furniture castoffs. That’s how we got this desk we made over with a coastal vibe for Vicki’s office.
Disclosure: The lovely folks at Weatherwood Stains sent us a can of their “Reclamation” stain to try out for free. All opinions are our own.
A friend of a friend was getting rid of this desk and called to ask if we wanted it. Vicki is in the process of making over a spare bedroom into an office and we thought the desk would be perfect.
The surface was a little beat up and one of the drawers needed new drawer stops, but other than that it was in great shape.
We decided to stain the top and paint the rest, so we started by sanding the top down to raw wood.
We used Weatherwood Stain “reclamation” for the top. Weatherwood is different from traditional stains. It makes the wood look weathered and aged, like it’s been sitting outside for years. This gave the desk top a bit of a driftwood look that we thought was perfect for a coastal theme.
We used clear wax to protect the top and you can see in this next picture that the wax really deepened the look of the stain.
We painted the body of the desk with Annie Sloan “Duck Egg Blue”. When that was dry, we did a wash with several different colors. A wash is just watered down paint that you brush on then wipe off with a rag. For the wash, we used Annie Sloan’s “French Linen”, “Paris Grey”, and “Old White”. We put a very small amount of each paint color in separate cups (just a couple tablespoons). We then had a 4th cup with just water in it. We would just dip our paintbrush into a tiny bit of paint and then dip it in the water, then brush it onto the desk. We used a rag to wipe off excess paint/water. We layered the colors, then even went over it with a bit of watered down “Duck Egg Blue” in places where we felt we got too much of the other colors.
We distressed the whole piece with a sanding block. The knobs are from Hobby Lobby and we also used our sanding block to distress the knobs. The entire piece was sealed with clear wax.
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