Vintage Early 1900s Writing Desk
I was fortunate to win this desk at auction. Yes, I bought it with auction fever and paid a tad more than I wanted to. But I knew exactly how I wanted to paint it. The inspiration for my design was based on a painted secretary desk by Jonathon Marc Mendes at Painted Love. I fell in love with his color scheme and couldn't wait to give it a try!
BeforeThe desk is solid and with high quality construction. It had a lock, but at one point in time it was removed. I believe the tear drop pulls are original. If I had to guess I would say it is early 1900's, but I'm not sure of the exact time frame. It includes a label from Alms & Doepke from Cincinnati, which started in 1878 and at one point was one of the largest dry goods store in the country. The store later closed in the 1950s.
|Before: Alms & Doepke vintage writing desk.|
The top had a lot of surface damage.
I wanted to preserve the aged finish, but I needed to sand out the heaviest of the gouges, so I used my orbital sander.
|The deepest gouges were sanded smooth with an orbital sander.|
Scandinavian pink! Oh I love this color. It's a bold pink, but I thought it fit this desk perfectly.
|Wet distressing the drawer front with a damp washcloth.|
|Supplies used for creating a speckled paint finish.|
|More speckled paint on me than the desk!|
|Vintage writing desk painted in Scandinavian Pink.|
|The original finish peeks through the Scandinavian Pink.|
|Scandinavian Pink with Old Ochre & Chateau Grey.|
Dark wax and speckled paint applied for extra vintage charm.
|A border was added to the top of the desk for further definition.|
|The Black Sheep Shoppe. |
Giving furniture a second chance.
Supply ListBelow are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which means I earn a (very) small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
- Orbital sander and variety pack of sand paper (60, 80, 100, 150, 200-grit). The sander is an investment, but it makes quick work of the job and many times eliminates the need for messy chemical strippers. You can find it for $50 or less, and if you work on a lot of projects it's totally worth it.
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan Scandinavian Pink, Old Ochre, and Chateau Grey. Wax: soft clear and dark wax. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders!
- Lint free shop rags (for removing excess wax). These can also be used to buff the wax.
- Rub-n-Buff I purchased a sample set a couple of years ago and use it frequently on my projects. The tubes are also sold individually.
- Wooster Vintage Effects paintbrush (2" angled china bristle)
- Wax brush
- Brown acrylic paint
- Painter's tape