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Rhinestones, Leopard Print, Gold & Glitter

Are you a Fan of Glam? Love Animal Print? Glitter? Rhinestones? Bling?

If you answered yes, then this post is for you! This vintage kidney shaped desk used to be a vanity and had been hidden away in storage for years wrapped in plastic. It’s now time to drag this pile of wood out and make it glamorous! This vintage desk will be transformed into a glitter gold desk by adding glitter as well as adding stripes.

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Staging / Home Decor

The Before – Vintage Desk with Damage

Not only did this piece come to me in pieces, but it appears that it had been used as a chew toy at one point in time.  This needs to be addressed. This isn’t the only makeover with dog bite damage, to see another project that had been used as a chew toy check out the Pineapple Painted Pedestal Tablechewed wooden legs, damaged table legs, repair woodThis piece spent some time in the repair stage, between the chewed legs and other areas requiring wood glue and clamps.  Repair wood furniture with glue and clamps

Along with prepping the desktop and drawer, the legs would be filled and sanded so that the chew marks are nothing but a memory. drawer-and-leg-sanded

The Process – Painted Kidney Desk

To get started then entire piece was painted in Bisque by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint, which is a creamy vanilla color.painted-bisque, chalk paint, pure home paint, creamy white

Following the paint, the piece was then given a subtle metallic finish using Gold Hardware Opulence, which as you can see is not just for hardware. champagne finish, metallic chalk paint, gold painted furniture

Adding Stripes to Painted Furniture

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Using frog tape, equal spaces were measured, marked with pencil and taped.add stripes to furniture, painted furniture, stripes, just the woods

This step is used for all four sides of the piece to create clean, crisp stripes. The stripes were painted in a darker golden color called Golden Rule. stripes desk, glitter on furniture, leopard print, gold desk

Leopard Decoupage on the Drawer

The drawer front was painted in bisque while the inside was painted in Golden Rule by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint.   A swanky leopard print was decoupaged onto the drawer front. leopard print, decoupage, rhinestones on furniture, staten island

Inside the drawer was a bit worn and had seen better days so I used my cutting mat to measure out a new liner.  Black felt was added inside the drawer bottom. felt liner, line drawer, felt lined drawers On the outer edges of the drawer front as well as the center area, I’ve added sparkle with gold glitter. glitter on furniture, gold furniture, painted desk, metallic chalk paint, nyc

The original wooden knobs were replaced by unique handcrafted art glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.  Three-dimensional black onyx glass center overlaid with gold and silver leaf are the perfect knobs for this drawer.  leopard print, decoupage, glitter desk, gold vanity, staten island, nyc, nj

The Glitter – How to Add Glitter to Painted Furniture

The top of the desk was given a glitter treatment for a glamorous effect. Fine glitter was mixed with mod podge and applied in multiple layers, letting each layer dry completely in between. how to add glitter to furniture, glitter desk, gold desk, gold furniture, nyc

After multiple layers, the glitter was sealed using Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint Satin Protective Finish. This prevents any glitter from coming off on your hand when touched. This same process was used on areas on the desk legs.

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The Bling – Adding Rhinestone Crystals to Painted Furniture

Gold rhinestones were added to the trim around the desk edge. Add Rhinestone Bling to Furniture

Using a cheap small brush and craft glue the rhinestones were added to the edge. The trim itself was trimmed and cut using an Xacto knife.

The Result – a Vintage Desk with Crystals, Leopard, Gold & Glitter

Once all the little steps were completed and the piece was sealed the end result is drastically different from the original pile of wood that I began with.

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If you love a great desk makeover then you would love Ten Amazing Vintage Desk Makeovers.

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