Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Antique Desk/Vanity Project



Last week I showed everyone this desk.
I asked you all to take a look and it and help me decide what to paint it-- surprisingly quite a few people said "Robin Egg blue with brown glaze" Now, how did you know that's secretly what I wanted to paint it??

When I first discovered all of these wonderful home decorating/thrifting blogs a couple months ago, I came across this dresser. I LOVED it and I wanted a piece similar to it. This was going to be a big step for me... Painting a pretty permanent piece of furniture a COLOR! As you probably already know my standby is always white. 

So, yesterday I took the plunge into the world of color! I painted this $40.00 antique desk from the 1920's to 1930's (I should probably call it a vanity because that's really what it is) Then I distressed it and glazed it. I used Sausha at {Show & Tell}'s method to glaze my piece and I LOVED how easy it was!!! Really, for all of you first timers out there- do THIS method.
The paint is actually the same color waiting to go on my bedroom wall, it is the PERFECT color.
It's called Sonata by Behr.

I am still getting used to it. It's pretty bold and not like any of my other pieces but I do adore it. <3

Here we are BEFORE:



This pad was being held on by one lonely little screw- YAY! :)




 First coat...


Some distressing with my palm sander...



 I spray painted the hardware with RustOleum gloss black then went over it with some clear polyurethane

For some reason the chair looks blue-er than the desk in this picture. It's not, I promise.



 
Before:
After:





Linking up to: 
Primitive & Proper
Domestically Speaking 
Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

19 comments:

  1. Wow, it's absolutely GORGEOUS! I love love love that color with the glaze. I totally want to find a piece to use that color combo on too. Great work, it's just darling!

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  2. I love it. It looks absolutely beautiful!You chose the perfect color, I know you must just love to sit at your lovely new desk!

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  3. I liked the black...but I love the blue! So fresh!

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  4. it looks beautiful! so much prettier in that nice soft color!

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  5. I have been wanting to do something RE Blue and now you have convinced me. This turned out so pretty. It really is a great color and looks so pretty.

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  6. So pretty! And I am LOVING your slate tile!

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  7. Fabulous. It went from a cute little desk to a french-inspired lovely! Great job!

    Would love for you to link up to Passion for Paint this weekend!

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  8. The black was way too dark for the pretty lines of this desk. The hardware really pops now. Love the fresh new look! Nice work!

    :) Michelle

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  9. Wow, so pretty! I love that color. Beautiful choice. It's hard for me to paint with color, too, but I'm slowly getting brave enough to try! Thanks for some great before & afters!

    Have you joined my giveaway going on now? I hope you can! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-sometimes-i-swirl.html

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  10. Just stopping by from the paint party!! I just love how this turned out! Isn't it amazing what you can do with paint and hard work? Great job!

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  11. This is beautiful! I'd love it if you;d link it to my Paint Color Party going on now!
    http://lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.blogspot.com/2011/01/paint-color-party-link-up-your.html

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  12. Looks awesome! The desk is such a great place for you to blog!!! Great blog, this is my first visit hear. Thanks for sharing over at the paint party!

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  13. Lovely, lovely, lovely! That desk almost makes me believe I could sit there quietly drinking tea while my children occupied themselves. Almost :)

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  14. Thank you ladies!! I must say- I don't feel like I've left my desk since it's been repainted... Still not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing... ;)

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  15. Gorgeous desk. It just looks amazing. I linked over from Domestically Speaking and your desk really caught my eye. Lovely. If you get a chance I hope you will check out my blog at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks.

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  16. Gorgeous!

    Amy

    P.S. Totally loving the font in the comments section!

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  17. Very nice! The color is beautiful. I love the lines of the desk, too! Great job.
    p.s. Hope you can check out the giveaway for a free printable of your choice! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

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  18. I love the distressed edges! It is beautiful!

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