Vintage Painted Turquoise Desk with Gray Washed Top
This vintage desk had been sitting in my inventory for around a year. It’s gorgeous with a combination of robust curves and sleek lines. There were many inquiries for it, but the size was never right. While waiting for my next custom piece to be dropped off I decided to pull this desk from inventory for a makeover. Initially, I was thinking neutral, maybe a light chestnut stain on top with off white body and pearl glaze. Something soft and feminine. But you know how that goes.. plans change.
- Electric sander
- Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint
Staging / Home Decor
The Before – Unfinished Vintage Desk
Can you see the potential here? Can you see the neutral plan that I originally saw or do you see bold?
The top of the desk had a gorgeous wood grain pattern that I wanted to preserve if possible. There are also scratches on the top that needed to be sanded away. It’s that delicate balance of removing the damage while preserving the details.
My trusty electric sander removed the scratches while revealing a really unique patterned grain.
While pondering what color to finish the base of the desk I posted to my Facebook page for suggestions. It was there that the desk was scooped up for custom. This will now become a painted turquoise desk with a gray washed top, how fun!
The Process – a Gray Wash
The top of the desk was given a gray wash using Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint in Stone. The gray wash initially was a bit too light in my opinion. We will come back to that.
Next, the body of the desk is hand painted in Skye, which is a light tiffany blue color.
After Skye, a bolder turquoise called Cyan is added over top of it. Doing this will create a bit of depth. I’ll get a close up to show further down.
To darken up the top while still revealing some of the wood grain underneath I went over the stone wash with Ebony protective glaze. The ebony glaze added just the right amount of darker gray to the top.
The Hardware – Painted Hardware
The original hardware was kept, cleaned and painted in the same stone gray that was used for the wash on top. Silver opulence was then added over stone, giving a slight metallic finish to the hardware. This is my process for How to Prep, Paint Hardware.
Painting Layers to Create Depth
Bits of the lighter blue were revealed underneath the darker turquoise when distressed. This little detail creates both a bit of depth and character.
The Result – Turquoise Painted Desk
This painted turquoise desk in such a bright fun color makes a statement now. It may sound crazy, but I actually went out and bought orange flowers specifically for photographing this desk. Sometimes I think I may have lost my mind when it comes to staging. 😛
For more fabulous desk makeovers make sure to check out Ten Amazing Vintage Desk Makeovers.
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