Monday, February 23, 2015

I'm a Guest Artist - Stencil Girl - Wall Art With Circle Stencils

I have another project to share with you that is featured on the Stencil Girl blog today. Hop on over to the Stencil Girl blog for more details!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vintage Art Deco Desk Redo

I'm really excited about this vintage art deco desk that I refinished. This project was very rewarding and I'm really digging the end result:

I snatched the desk up at the second hand store a few months ago for $10. It was in pretty bad shape, but I knew it had potential. I had been promising my daughter I would redo a desk for her bedroom. I really love the detail on this desk and would be pretty excited to come across another one as I now want one for myself. So this is exactly how it looked when I got it, no hardware and the desk had seen some pretty rough days...

We gave it a good clean and then gave it a quick sanding. For the flat surfaces I used an electric sander and then did the ornate edges by hand with a fine grit sand paper. I'm no sanding pro by any means but I certainly try to get the job done.

I used my favorite go-to primer, Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer for all surfaces. Just one coat all over. Spot the cute little helper (or destroyer depending on what time of day it is).

Originally I had wanted to paint the desk plain white but my little girl had her heart set on a fun color. So we negotiated and decided on coral. Coral Passion by Valspar in a satin finish. I did two coats of the coral and then once it had dried, applied one coat of Minwax Water Based Polycrylic. I wasn't too sure about the hardware and almost went with silver, but glad I went with the brass.

I've done a few furniture projects in the past few years but so far this is the number 1 favorite. It won't be neat and tidy like this for long, that's for sure. A certain eight year old will be covering it with pet shop toys, beenie boos, and all sorts of girly things. So I really must find another one for my bedroom soon!