Sunday, November 18, 2012

Painted Furniture - Drop Front Desk

This handy little desk (painted the interior November 11, 2012) is now a brighter part of my kitchen (March 30, 2012) and is a very frugal addition. Linking with Dawn of Creative Cain Cabin Budget Decorating Party (December 31, 2012).

Vintage, fir/softwood, likely home constructed, and very handy to have in the kitchen. First wrote about this drop front three drawer desk (here) and (here - curbside and free). Never painted the interior of the desk, just left it natural fir plywood with its dark stain.

After painting:



Saturday I was given a sample pot of Autumn Fat Paint chalk paint from Maris of Rescued and Restyled Home Decor (Facebook here) . Couldn't wait to try it out so I painted a stool top last night. Loved it, finished with Satin Varithane (3 coats). 


Still loved the color this morning. Was VERY tempted to paint the towel cupboard in the bathroom this morning. Held off.

This is the desk before any painting.



The process was fairly quick. Sunday afternoon I  cleaned out the accumulated stuff inside the desk interior, with Organization in mind.



Gathered a few supplies, put on my red painting apron. Used my new small pot of chalk paint - Autumn Fat Paint and my favorite paintbrush (1 1/2" size). 

Tried a bit of Autumn on the edges of the little shelves. Yes, this went with the green exterior. Painted one coat. Let it dry. 



Next was MinWax Polyurethane, I need a hard finish because this is my 2nd 'work station' and gets a great deal of use. Not a water cleanup (my usual choice of anything related to painting). Used a foam brush,  discarded afterwards. Used goo-gone to clean my hands. Slower to dry, added second coat of finish 5 hours after I started.

I plan to paint the knobs Autumn later on this week and will add that picture too. Have to remove them to paint.

Back to my organization thoughts - premise that everything needs a place: the desk area will be for work related items that are office related to my business (and NOTHING else - I can see your tiny smile).



Desk filled (evening photo). I painted the end of a cardboard box with black chalk paint, found a black box to hold the tags, labels, string and scissors, used a jar for the pens and pencils and felts, and the little shelves to hold little things (what else). Only cost for this project was time, all supplies were from previous projects.

Sharing with The Copper Roof (January 16/14)

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39 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I love the color combo and the best part of it is that they are free....Christine

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  2. Happy Blue Monday!
    Great job - lovely colours.
    ~Pernilla

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  3. Thank you Joy for sharing your results with our Autumn FAT Paint! It's one of my favourite colours in our palette, so I'm happy to hear that you like it too!!
    Victoria

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  4. I'm not familiar with chalk paint, but your desk looks lovely. I like that blue/green color. Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday and Happy Thanksgiving, Joy.

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  5. Awesome collection of Vintage thanks for sharing joy. Happy Thanksgiving! - Travel Quest

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  6. Fantastic colour combo - I love the desk.
    Happy Blue Monday!

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  7. The desk is wonderful! I've already sent a link to it to my daughter-in-law, suggesting she might want to try something similar with the old maple "secretary" desk that "came with" my son when they married. (I'm hoping I don't get fallout from my son!)

    MEANWHILE, HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG??? I'VE LOOKED ALL OVER AND I JUST CAN'T SEE HOT TO DO ANYTHING BUT SOMETHING CALLED "ATOM," AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT IS! Could I get an e-mail subscription?

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    1. Hi Jayni; right now you could follow. Everyone you follow shows up on your Reading List in Blogger. I am moving over to WordPress eventually so you could also Linky Follow (on my Blog) and that would move over with me. GoogleFriend is unable to move over.
      Joy

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  8. What a difference in the old and new desk. I am not into makeovers, but enjoy seeing what others can do. Well done.

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  9. Oh I love this!! I have a desk similar to this that I'm considering repainting, but I'm not sure if I want to yet or not. I'm still considering it. I really love the different color on the inside though!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  10. P.S. I'm visiting via I Gotta Try That!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  11. WHat a difference the paint makes. You did a great job!

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  12. Your drop front desk is a cool piece of furniture! Nice paint! Thanks so much for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!!!

    T'onna @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

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  13. Wish I could find a desk like that. Beautifullly done-ChicByTab

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  14. I love the color. It turned our great. What a difference. Thanks for the tutorial. I am so wanting to try some chalk paint.
    Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Sherry

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  15. I love this! Great job you did. Glad you linked up at "I Gotta Try That" Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Marcie

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  16. That is sincerely AMAZING!! Love what you did with what others would have considered trash. SO pretty!!

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  17. I love what you did with this desk. I have one similar but hubby won't let me paint it. It is wood he says. Hmmm. Valerie

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  18. You did a beautiful job with this desk! I am new to your blog...found you through your link on Cozy Little House. I hope that you will visit me and become a new follower on my blog as well! Looking forward to getting to know you better. :-)

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  19. Now I can photograph it, but I have no earthly idea about all these paint options! Paint and I are a mystery to one another...
    Brenda

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  20. Great color combination. I love a little desk like this one.

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  21. It looks really great!
    I like painted furniture too.
    blessings..Trish

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  22. Hello Joy,
    I love the blue green colour! There is something oh so charming about painted furniture. Wonderful job, and thank you for sharing this at my HOME. Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  23. The color palette is just perfect on that furniture. I looked at the old version of it and it was really a big change, more eye catching too.

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  24. Joy, It turned out awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!

    Jody

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  25. Wow! This is a real transformation! I love how you saved the pieces and gave them new life. You are truly "Vintage Green"!
    Happy thanksgiving!
    Patti

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  26. Looks amazing! I am in the middle of painting a wooden cabinet for our kitchen. It's really not that easy. But such a great feeling when its done!

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  27. You did a wonderful job painting it, looks pretty in BLUE :-) Dropping by for Blue Monday :-)

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  28. I just love the mix of colors!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

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  29. Painting the inside of your desk really makes it so pretty! And I've never heard of Fat Paint!

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  30. You really did a great job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  31. I love the color combo on the desk. So nice to have everything so organized. Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  32. Nice makeover! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  33. This turned out just great! What a wonderful transformation!

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  34. Great makeover! I love painting the insides of drawers, etc, a different fun color. Love it!
    Nancy

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  35. I can not believe how a little paint sure changed that piece. Wow, it is wonderful now. Thanks for linking up!

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  36. This looks wonderful! I have one of these desks with the bookcase on top of it and really want to paint it one day and turn it into my blogging station. I pinned your post so I will remember where to find details when I go to do my makeover.

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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