Before the Girlish Desk Makeover
Our previous home was decorated in soft earth tones, lots of greens and browns. At the time it really suited are long low bungalow. For our new home I wanted Revere Pewter grey and white to go with the large windows. The theme for this home is let the light IN.
Our old home we had a nice office on the main floor. It had a matching espresso coloured desk and bookshelves. The dark colour does not work in this new house. The desk is dark and showing some wear but structurally it is in very good shape.
The pink is surprisingly fits in with the upstairs decor, Hubs thinks I should leave it on the main floor and work in the light. I am determined to have a separate work space downstairs so right after these photos are taken its going down to the basement.
Paint the Desk
This desk has very clean lines, two little drawers and long plain feminine legs, I love it.
The paint directions say that sanding isn’t necessary, but I gave it a light sanding with 220 sand paper to remove the shine.
It took three coats of paint to cover the dark espresso. Sand it lightly between each coat with 220 sandpaper. Buff it just enough to make the paint smooth before applying the next coat.
Once it was fully painted it looked nice but it was average. I purchased some scrolling but I didn’t fit properly. I finally decided to give it a light whitewash in certain areas.
Add the Whitewash.
To make the white wash mix 1/4 cup of chalkpaint with 2 tbsp of water. Load the paint brush with a little bit of the paint and dab it onto a cloth until the paintbrush is almost dry. Apply the paint lightly and spread it to give just a hint of white. For this desk the whitewash was just applied to the sides. The whitewash softens the look of the desk without making it look distressed. The difference is subtle I hope you can see it in the photo.
Finishing the Desk
As this desk is going to be in constant use I applied two coats of polyurethane. The poly will protect the finish from any coffee spills that may occur. If you aren’t as concerned about spills you could add a protective coat of finishing wax instead.
The top of the desk was quite shiny so I added another coat of poly just to the desk top. I left it to dry for a full day to dry and then lightly scuffed it with 400 grit sandpaper to remove the shine in spots.
Adding accessories is the perfect way to make a girlish desk personal. I gathered my favorite cup, a coffee coaster, a notebook that was a Valentines Gift and a pretty vase. I purchased a new mouse pad and pen for the desk. I think the accessories will make this a very pleasant place to work.
Once the drawers are painted add some pretty scented paper.
Slowly I am completing the various elements for the craft room. Convincing the other half that a space heater is necessary and looking at lighting solutions. Starting to get excited.
The french provincial chair is also a DIY project, together I think they make a nice set.
Enjoy your day!