One of my favorite things about renting a booth has been making new friends who have quickly become like family. People that share the thrill of finding that hidden gem, or bringing old things back to life. Take this old desk, for example. It became a shop family project as we gave it a watercolor desk makeover.
Ramona and I shared the cost of this little desk, then began to sand the old white latex paint. A lot of it just peeled off in strips. It’s important to prime before painting if using latex so that this doesn’t happen. We were glad the previous owner didn’t prime, though.
The old paint was kind of like a bad sunburn. You know how the skin starts peeling and you just can’t stop picking at it? Yeah, like that. Soon, the whole gang was peeling. The paint, that is.
I ended up using paint stripper to remove the last stubborn remnants.
After some sanding to smooth out the surface, Ramona and I decided (after much hemming and hawing) to paint the body of the desk white, and the drawers aqua.
We were missing one drawer pull, so we decided to replace the 2-hole pulls with single-hole knobs. We added wood filler to the holes then painted the drawers aqua.
We couldn’t stop there, so we also added the aqua- whitewash combo to the desk top. The aqua:
And with the whitewash. See how it just adds a little more interest?
You can see in the close-ups that we also glazed the white areas with my favorite taupe glaze. This gave it a sort of driftwood look, in keeping with the beachy theme that was emerging.
As you know, I use polyurethane or polycrylic on most of my pieces. Ramona likes to use wax. For this desk, we combined our preferences: For extra durability, I applied one coat of clear varnish to the top, and Ramona will be applying wax over the whole thing. I couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I took the “final” pictures before she had an opportunity to come back and finish.
I had some simple brushed nickel knobs left over from our laundry room cabinets, so we decided to go with those.
You can see in this picture that we didn’t get all the holes filled perfectly. Not really noticeable unless you have your face this close, though.
What do you think? Should we have stayed safe with a neutral color?