Monday, August 3, 2009

White Distressed Desk

One big to-do on our master bedroom transformation was this old desk. I found out later it had belonged to Z's dad before it was passed down to Z. I had taken almost all the hardware off before I remembered to snap a picture.


Here's a close-up of the hardware:


It was in rather rough shape.. well used to put it nicely.


The first step was to take all the hardware off & the drawers out.


For whatever reason, I forgot to take more in-progress pictures of this one. But, in short, here's what I did:
  • Skipped sanding- this piece isn't solid wood, so there was really no point.
  • 3 coats of primer- sometimes it takes more to cover wood tones with white paint.
  • Mixed paint- I bought a quart of Rustoleum American Accents Blossom white and a half pint of Heirloom White. I poured about 1/3 of the Blossom white into a cheap ziploc container. I then mixed in 2/3 of the can of Heirloom White. I wanted a soft, slightly creamy white, and this worked perfectly.
  • I did ~2 coats of the mixed color. If I'd used a plain white, it probably would've only taken 1, but since I wanted complete coverage over the white primer, I did a bit more.
  • I also applied Minwax's Wipe-On Poly. I did one coat on the entire desk, and two on the top, since that would see the most traffic. I chose a satin finish since I planned on distressing it- Glossy doesn't look right distressed in my opinion.
  • I use a medium-grade sandpaper to distress the edges.
  • I purchased new hardware in the same sizes as the previous ones. I chose a bit of an ornate touch- anything too modern wouldn't have gone well with the distressed look.
  • I also painted and distressed a chair I had on hand. It had the same seat as this chair that I made over a while ago, so I used some foam, fabric, and my handy staple gun to upholster it. I chose a white & tan seersucker fabric- neutral enough to keep up with my ever-changing decor.
The end result was just what I needed to spruce up my little sewing/crafting desk. Due to lack of space, this desk goes in our bedroom, so it needed to feel a little softer & prettier than your typical sewing or crafting desk. I think this fits the bill!


And Finally, The BEFORE:
And, the AFTER:

11 comments:

pk said...

This is a great makeover! As many times as I've used paint and seen it used to transform furniture I'm still always amazed.

Cristina said...

where do you buy the upholstery foam that goes in the seat of the chair? I need to fix our kitchen chairs because the seats are too soft and when you sit your butt rests on the frame! Not comfortable...let me tell you! we figured out how to fix them but can't find that foam!

C said...

Cristina- you can buy it at most fabric stores- like JoAnn's. For more support, look for a high density foam. You can get all sorts of different sizes & cuts.

Sarah said...

Wow, the desk looks beautiful!!! Sooo cool! Thanks for the step by steps and what products you used. I'm dying to try this but haven't found the right piece. I love that this desk is personal to you guys and now its really your style as well!!! you rock!

The DIY Show Off said...

I love the distressed look and you did an amazing job. It doesn't even look like the same desk - it looks like it was always the pretty white one. I love the chair too and the fabric you chose. Great job!

Lucy Marie said...

Very nice. The hardware on the original desk is the same that's on the old desk in my spare room!

La Nouvelle Femme said...

Wow, you are so ridiculously talented! I'm so impressed that you're able to come up with the perfect way to redo every piece of furniture. Amazing job!

Jorden and Kristin said...

so cute! i'm doing a dresser right now..well for like the past 3 months! I just need to finish the drawers and i'm debating whehter to distress it or not...

Embellished Bayou said...

Great job, it looks fab!

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S. said...

amazing!!! i am soo inspired. if only i had the time and space...