Rustic Work Table / Desk
I think this was a writing desk at one time. The previous owner spray painted it with a silvery-gray hammered finish paint and added a towel rack to the back. I'm not sure what it was re-purposed for, but I'm guessing it was perhaps used as a work table in a kitchen. But who knows? It looked like the veneer from the top was removed and there are a couple of splits in the wood. But otherwise the construction is sturdy. It has a center drawer for storage.
|I think this shot best shows the hammered finish.|
|The wood is split down the middle.|
I stained the top in Java Gel (General Finishes) and wiped off the excess stain. It was still rather dark so after it dried I hand sanded it to give it a worn finish.
|Stained in Java Gel (General Finishes)|
|I roughed up the stain and removed the towel rack.|
I lightly sanded the base to remove the texture from the hammered finish spray paint.
|I hand sanded the base to remove the "hammered" paint texture.|
Next I painted a base coat of Graphite and three coats of Primer Red (both Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). I used a damp wash cloth to remove some of the red to reveal black around the details. Finally I applied a soft clear wax followed by a dark wax. I painted the knobs in Graphite.
|Base coat of Graphite (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)|
|3 coats of Primer Red|
AfterNow it has a new "rustic" look and feel. It will make a great work table for projects of for gardening or folding laundry. A towel rack or hooks could be added depending on what it's used for. It could still be used as a writing desk, but I would recommend having a glass top custom cut if used for that purpose.
As I mentioned the top coat is painted in Primer Red. It's a deep red with brown undertones. However in the outdoor photos in the sunlight it almost looks like it has an orange-ish tone to it. Well, it doesn't really. I added a photo at the end of this post that shows it indoors in my booth and I think that photo shows the true color better.
|Java gel stain with a Primer Red finish.|
|The top has a worn and rustic finish.|
|The previous "hammered" paint finish was removed |
and now it has a smooth finish.
|This close up shows how the Graphite peeks through.|
|I painted the knobs in Graphite and added dark wax.|
|There's still a split in the top, but it adds to the rustic charm.|
A custom cut piece of glass could be added.
And here's a photo of the table in the booth.
|Booth #139 in Row 5 at The Lebanon Peddler's Mall.|
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