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Gray Painted Desk with Espresso Stain Top

Gray Painted Desk with Espresso Stain Top

I adore a vintage desk makeover. Of all the painted furniture projects that I work on, I think that desk makeovers are up there in my top 5. But they don’t come without challenges. This vintage desk, for example, has a very scratched up top.  unfinished-vintage-desk

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The Before – Unfinished Vintage Desk

This desk was brought in by my customer for a makeover. It is a great looking desk but definitely needs a little cosmetic work due to wear and age. It’s older than me, and I’m sure I could use a little cosmetic work myself ;).  The top of this desk was pretty scratched up, but that’s nothing a little sunshine and my favorite electric sander can’t handle. vintage-desk-with-damaged-top

Using an electric sander rather than a sanding block or paper sanding by hand makes all the difference in the world when you have extensive scratches or damage like this. before-and-after-sanding

The rest of the piece prepped for paint by hand sanding and cleaning. The hardware was simply cleaned with a little soapy water and an old toothbrush. Doing this gets the dust bunnies off while preserving the natural patina on the original hardwareclean-hardware-with-soap

The Process – Painting a Vintage Desk

A rich espresso stain was added to the top of the desk using Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint Teak protective wood stain. This is after one coat.one coat stain, teak wood stain, espresso stain

After the second coat of teak wood stain was applied the bottom of the desk along with the drawers were hand painted in a Tahoe. Tahoe is a soft cloudy gray paint. work-in-progress, painted a vintage desk, chalk paint, pure home paint

Once complete, the desk was distressed to perfection to draw just enough attention to the details. Lastly, the top was given added protection with our clear satin protective finish, as well as the painted gray body, was sealed with both matte and satin clear protective finishes.

The Result – Gray Painted Desk

This once scratched desk has been given a second chance, and is looking gorgeous.

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For more fabulous desk makeovers make sure to check out Ten Amazing Vintage Desk Makeovers.

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