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.


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


  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!

  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!

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

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

  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.

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

  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!

  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

  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

  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!

  11. This is beautiful! I'd love it if you;d link it to my Paint Color Party going on now!

  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!

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

  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... ;)

  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.

  16. Gorgeous!


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

  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

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


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