While searching the many For Sell sites, I found a nice sturdy desk. It was in pretty good condition, but dated and I knew I had to paint it! That’s just what we do, right?!
So, this is what the desk looked like when I purchased it.
It had scratches and dings, but I didn’t care because I knew those would all be covered up with paint. I chose not to fill in the deep dings because I like them and wanted to keep some of the character. I like the molding at the base too!
I removed the hardware and set them aside. I took out all the drawers and wiped down the desk so no dust would mess up my paint job. I chose to paint the desk in a light grey. I chose Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Atelier.
I applied two coats of paint on each piece. This paint goes on very easily and it lays out very nicely. I could have used only one coat, but I wanted to make sure it had an even, full coverage finish. Here is the desk after two coats.
I painted all the drawers and lightly distressed the whole piece. I painted the hardware in the same color, but I went a little heavier on the distressing to show the original metal underneath. I did not finish it with wax or a tough coat because I liked the look of the paint unfinished. If you were going to use this desk a lot, I’d recommend sealing it with a tough coat to hold up to everyday use. Here is the finished product.
I put the desk in my booth at the Shine and Shop Market, but it didn’t sell that day. I know that someone will fall in love with this grey desk!