Petite Writing Desk

Petite writing desk painted in Duck Egg Blue and Coco

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!

Before


The desk and matching seat are made of wood and the construction is solid.

Before photo of writing desk and seat
Before: Writing desk and seat
But the finish was a little rough, especially on the top with a few gouges and nail holes here and there.

Damaged finish on top of desk
Damaged finish

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.
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.
Wood filler used to patch holes.

After


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.
After: Vintage writing desk and seat painted
in Duck Egg Blue and Coco.

I applied a light touch of distressing throughout with a touch of heavier distressing here and there.

Light distressing applied throughout.
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 on writing desk.
Original glass knob.
The single drawer provides enough space to store pens, paper, or a tablet.

Storage in center drawer.
Storage in center drawer.
I sealed the paint in soft clear wax. I wanted to keep the color scheme light and bright but added a subtle touch of dark wax on the edge of the desk top for the transition between the two colors.

Subtle touch of dark wax added between colors for transition.
Subtle touch of dark wax added between colors for transition.
So far it's been all about the desk, but another wonderful feature is the matching wood seat! It tucks away perfectly underneath the desk. I gave it the same finish as the base of the desk for a cohesive look.

Wood seat for desk.
Wood seat for desk.
The photo below shows how smooth the surface of the desk is now. But I'm really including it because I thought the flowers looked so pretty. :-)

Desk top painted in Coco.
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!

Before and after vintage writing desk.
The Black Sheep Shoppe.
Giving furniture a second chance.

Supply List

Below 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 pad220-grit sand paper, and tack cloths (for quick removal of sanding dust.)

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