Shabby chic often makes me think ‘white’. But it doesn’t have to. This hand painted shabby chic desk makeover has more layers than you could ever imagine! It’s Hepplewhite style with awesome oval hardware, an abundance of dovetail drawers and lovely subtle curves add to the beauty.
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Shabby Chic Hepplewhite Desk in Painted Layers
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Unfinished Vintage Hepplewhite Desk
This vintage Hepplewhite style desk has great ‘bones’ and tons of potential with no major damage.
One thing about old furniture is the history. They all have it, some are just more outspoken about it. This desk had phone numbers written inside the desk drawers.
Among other things that required attention during the prep process…
Some sort of who knows what stuck in the drawers had to be scraped off with a straight razor.
The entire piece was hand sanded and thoroughly cleaned prior to starting. This is my standard process of How to Prep Painted Furniture.
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The Process – Layering Paint
A base coat of gray started off the madness of my layering. Followed by layers upon layers of grays, whites and a hint of blue. This is the same exact technique as in the Painted Pineapple Pedestal Table.
The hardware was cleaned and refreshed to a distressed shabby chic white. This is How I clean, prep and paint hardware.
Inside the drawers were painted a solid gray, covering up and hiding any proof of the previous life that this piece once had and preparing it for its next life phase in a new home.
The Result – Painted Shabby Chic Desk
This vintage desk was distressed and sealed for protection in all its shabby chic glory!
For more fabulous desk makeovers make sure to check out Ten Amazing Vintage Desk Makeovers.
Check out the Painted Pineapple Pedestal Table
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