French Country Desk Redo
Hello everyone! Can you believe summer is over? Well, here in Texas it's faaaarr from over given that we still have 98 degree days! I am certainly looking forward to autumn! My head is swimming with crafty, decorating ideas I can't wait to share with you.
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So you all know by now that I love to redo furniture.
A few months ago I saw a deal I just couldn't pass up.
It was this really cute but "had seen better days" French style desk and hutch.
I dragged my hubby over to the other side of Dallas to pick this up.
It had some pretty bad damage to the desk top.
Nothing a little sanding couldn't fix.
So I sanded it down, smoothed out some of the rough edges and got it ready for its make over.
Now, it gets pretty hot in that there garage.
I had to get my husband and big guy son to move the desk inside the apartment to paint it. Agh!
I had already prepped it by removing hardware, taping off the areas I didn't want to paint, etc.
I used Fusion brand mineral paint in "Sterling".
It came out beautiful!
The great thing about this Fusion brand is that it covers so smooth and gives a nice satiny finish. It's not chalk paint so it doesn't have the "forgiving" quality of Annie Sloan's paint where I could sand and distress it after a few hours. This Fusion paint is latex based so if you need to distress you need to do it pronto.
It does leave some brush marks, again, it's made to resemble the chalk painted look but with a much easier application.
Here are some after pics:
I just love the way the pale grey color looks against the gold rubbed hardware. I took the original hardware and simply used Rub N Buff brand in gold. I have used it again and again and the result never disappoints!
Here it is without the hutch.
It was missing the lap drawer pull but I simply went to Hobby Lobby and got one there and used the Rub N Buff on it.
I decided to use paper to cover the inside of this area. I think it looks awesome! It's simply a good quality wrapping paper found in the gift wrapping aisle at Walmart!
I measured and cut the paper and then used glue dots to secure it and make sure I liked the way it looked before using a good quality scrapping glue to adhere it. I used a very sharp blade to cut around the hardware.
And here she is with the hutch! I love it! Now painting those skinny cubbies was a $#^&*
I had to go over it and over it. (Note to self: don't get anything with cubbies again to paint)
I wish I could have kept her! I love the detail on the top there. I also love the fact that it came with a corkboard. How nifty is that? (painting around it...not so nifty)
Almost forgot-I sealed it all with three to four coats of this wonderful gem:
I used the satin finish though.
So there you have it.
I heart transformations. What have you been working on?
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Until next time