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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Antique Desk Makeover {Turquoise and Grey}

Sometimes I find a piece that has beautiful lines. One that is old and has character. Then I get to paint it. The paint enhances it, the change adds to its personality. Love transformations!
One of my biggest transformations was this roll top desk.

I love painting different styles and with different techniques like this little boys desk.  But now I have an antique desk. Yes I have done a few but this one is one of my favorites.

There are a lot of makeovers going on right now. My son is redoing his upstairs bathroom. I am designing an office space, my sister's living room and my own. On top of all that SNAP and painting, painting, painting!

This antique desk makeover was the start! It will make the perfect addition to the living room. My sister purchased it awhile back. It is very old but sturdy. I will be using it to house her flat screen.


 I love the colors I used. Florence, Provence and French Linen. She wants grey and I suggested a pop of color with the Turquoise.

Like I said before, it started as a great piece. I just made it stand out. This is what I started with.


It is just tired and old.....like someone else I know! lol AND those knobs had to go!!!

Since we were scurrying to get taxes done this weekend, I didn't start painting this til late in the day. That explains the lighting with the pictures!

The painting began...and layering. I wanted the drawers to be a deeper color than the rest of the desk.


Little variations to age the paint. Then dark and clear waxes were added.


Then distressing to give it dimension.

I added silver knobs. To me it updated it and made it current! I also like how the light bounces off of them.


I love everything about the patina!

The living room has this great piece as a starting point now. It is rich and beautiful.
Whose says you need to spend a lot of money for great pieces of furniture? This is so much better than what is in the stores nowadays!


It has a great shelf underneath for storage. I think a great basket could go here!

I then had an HGTV moment. I did a little makeover in my niece's room too while I was there.

 I will show you in my next post.  I am painting a clients table today and have to get started!

See you soon!
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21 comments:

Celestina Marie said...

lOVE IT! The color is perfect and so striking. You created a masterpiece for your client.
Great makeover.
Hugs, CM

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so pretty! i love the shape of this piece- the colors are layered perfectly!

Caroline Philp said...

Great job, wonderful colours.

Divine Theatre said...

Just BEAUTIFUL! I love this!

xo

Andie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love your job, it looks awesome in the weathered colored finish. I also love the shape of this piece. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit. Big hugs,
FABBY

sandy @ french laundry 132 said...

WOW! Another masterpiece! I sure wish I had your talent Girl! I love, love love the colors you chose, so soft and just wonderful! A+++! Can I have it? lol

sandy @ french laundry 132 said...

Gosh the photos that you took are amazing too! You can do it all!

srpprcrftr said...

I love that style of table, desk, dresser, whatever. It's incredible. Love how you redid her, what a beautiful piece of furniture to have in any room. If you said the new knobs are silver, they show up as copper on my screen. Ah well, you know what they are. I'd sure love to have that piece any time. Great job.

Donna said...

Awesome desk ! I have a quick question ...instead of using Annie Sloane paint ..someon suggested using regular matte paint and adding plaster of Paris ...have you heard of this ?

Thanks Donna

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks I love the desk too! The knobs are silver...must be the lighting!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh Deneen - what a BEAUTY!!!
And yes - a basket would be the crowning touch!
Fantastic job,
Hugs,
Suzan

Hydee Pole Photography said...

Gorgeous!! I'm working on a similar project at the moment. Looking at your work inspires me to get up and do more work lol..

Bethany said...

Absolutely beautiful!

citygirlarts.com said...

Very, very nice. Great job.
Leslie

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Deneen! Gosh, I just love the layers of color on this piece and the fabulous distressing and waxing that you did too. Your close-up photos are just great to see the details. I saw your post over at Miss Mustard Seed's party.

Bird in a Nest said...

What a striking piece. If you are open to it, I would love a tutorial on how you did the layering. :-)

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

Gorgeous! I love your choices in color and it looks perfectly aged.

Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's FFF.


Jenny

Lisa said...

Love how naturally aged it looks--great job layering! Such a unique piece to begin with. Beautiful job!
Lisa @ {createinspire}

Little Miss Maggie said...

FABULOUS! What a difference and I love all the layering of the colors. The colors, the style, the hardware. This is a great piece and now it's one of a kind.

Bliss said...

Girl can paint, I like that.

Bliss

denise...on a whim said...

Wonderful job. Love the colors and layering. :)