There is something rewarding about finishing a piece of furniture. I enjoy seeing something that really needs love turn into something beautiful. It is most rewarding because there is so much effort, sweat, and sometimes tears that go into it. I have realized that no one needs new furniture, they just need to renew the old and give it a fresh, new update.
This desk was one of those Craigslist finds that needed a little TLC. I did pay more than I wanted at $125.00, but the look was exactly what I was searching for. I also know that it is less expensive than buying new, and I don’t know if I would find exactly what I want new and in my price range.
This is the finished piece
and here is where I started…
It was scratched and extremely dirty,
but I loved the lines, hardware, and size of this desk.
Not to mention, it would fit perfectly in my son’s room.
I have seen this two-tone paint application done all over blogland, but Beth from Home Stories A to Z really inspired me with her boy’s dresser. You can see her dresser here. It inspired me to give the two-tone look a try.
We purchased a paint sprayer at Harbor Freight Tools and wanted to try it out with this project. I will share sprayer tips with you in a future post.
I used Klean-Strip TSP Substitute. It worked well to get the
gummy, greasy, residue off of the desk.
After it was sparkling clean, I removed the hardware and started working on the drawers.
They were scratched and didn’t have that “glow” that I wanted,
so Old English came to the rescue this time.
I think it did a fabulous job!
It was super easy to use…
Quickly the scratches seemed to disappear and the drawers were given that
“glow” I was looking for.
The body of the desk was primed. I have found when painting dark wood white it is helpful to prime the surface first. It really helps with bleed through and gives better paint coverage.
After priming, paint was applied using one of my favorite whites –
Winter White by Benjamin Moore.
This swatch appears grey, but it is a white with a grey undertone. Very nice.
Two coats was the magic number here. I have to tell you, I really like the paint spray gun! It makes it much easier to apply in a short period of time. I still love hand painting as it is great for creating texture and layering.
After painting I lightly distressed – I didn’t want to overdo here.
Now the drawers sparkle…
The scratches have disappeared…
Now it is ready to use.
It cleaned up nicely, don’t you think?
The first piece is complete for my son’s room!
If you missed it… I am in the process of giving my son’s room a facelift – a “Kid to Teen Room”. I started the design process with a sneak peek of a mood board. Then created a floor plan and gave a tutorial on how to draft a floor plan. Next I showed the vision of my room with choosing colors and drawing elevations for the room. I also found a great find for his bed. I have more goodies in store and am almost finished with his room. Currently I am working on pieces and will share them with you as soon as they are completed. When all of the pieces are finished, I will do a final room reveal. I cannot wait to share it with you!