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Shades of Gray Painted Desk

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Shades of Gray Vintage Painted Desk

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The Before

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This vintage desk, originally made by Stanley furniture had been stashed away in my customer’s attic for some time. It’s time for a makeover in shades of gray! Every single shade of gray is used for this makeover.

The Hardware

The original hardware was a shiny, brassy gold color. Though the color wasn’t ideal, the details are perfect for the desk. original hardware, painted hardware, ornate hardware, vintage hardware

We decided to keep the original hardware and make it oil rubbed bronze. To do this the pulls and knobs were prepped and painted black using Derby by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint. painted hardware, vintage hardware, black hardware

Next, the hardware is painted with Bronze Hardware Opulence, giving a metallic bronze appearance. vintage hardware, painted hardware, bronze, oil rubbed bronze painted hardware

Lastly, the hardware is sealed using ebony protective glaze creating the perfect oil rubbed bronze.

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The Paint

I admit that I am guilty of getting too involved with the project that I failed to take step by step photos along the way. The desk was hand painted in layers upon layers of shades of gray.  Starting with Slate, then Stone, followed by dry brushing storm and tahoe and so forth and so forth.  The layering continued until I was satisfied with the result. Once the layers of shades of gray were complete the desk was distressed and sealed with Matte protective finish and ebony protective glaze.  This layered process creates a pretty weathered gray look. chalk paint, paint in layers, layered finish, painted furniture, painted desk

The Result

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

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