Petite Writing Desk
I picked up this petite writing desk at an auction. What drew me to it was its simple lines and the dainty drawer knob. The smaller size was also a bonus because some days I just don't feel like lifting heavy furniture!
The desk and matching seat are made of wood and the construction is solid.
|Before: Writing desk and seat|
My plan was to sand the old finish off and give it a new stain. But sadly it just didn't have the beautiful grain that I was hoping for.
|An orbital sander quickly removes the old finish.|
So I decided to paint the entire desk including the top. I patched the holes with wood filler and sanded those areas smooth.
|Wood filler used to patch holes.|
My design plan was to keep the color scheme simple but still infuse a bit of color. So I painted the base and seat in Duck Egg Blue and the top in Coco.
|After: Vintage writing desk and seat painted |
in Duck Egg Blue and Coco.
|Light distressing applied throughout.|
The light blue creates a beautiful backdrop for the original glass knob. The photo below shows how the roughness of the wood peeks through the paint after distressing.
|Original glass knob.|
|Storage in center drawer.|
|Subtle touch of dark wax added between colors for transition.|
|Wood seat for desk.|
|Desk top painted in Coco.|
Finally here is a side-by-side view of the before and after. I'll include a supply list below in case you're interested in creating a similar project. If you want to receive alerts of new projects then be sure to enter your email in the "subscribe" button at the top of the page, or you can follow me on Facebook. Or both. Either way I'm so glad you stopped by today!
|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 worth it. Alternatively you could sand by hand or use CitriStrip to remove the finish and hand sand any blemishes away.
- Wood filler
- Paint & Wax Products Duck Egg Blue and Coco. Soft clear wax and a touch of dark wax. (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products.) Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders.
- Flexible sanding pad, 220-grit sand paper, and tack cloths (for quick removal of sanding dust.)