Hi all and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Our winter break was spent with family and friends with just enough downtime to allow our family to feel refreshed rather than spent. We even had snow which my two boys, Jack and Finn, just adore. It’s been a while since I shared anything on the blog so I thought this desk makeover in a gorgeous shade of blue would be a great start for the new year. This piece belonged to a friend’s late mother-in-law but after years of use was in need of a little TLC. She asked me to paint it so that it better fit into her home and reflected her mother-in-law’s love of all things nautical. Given that and the fact that her husband is a Naval Academy graduate, my friend liked the idea of using a navy blue for the piece. Country Chic Paint’s limited edition color Peacoat seemed the perfect choice for a fresh, Naval inspired look.
As you can see from the “before” photo, the desk had many scratches and dings from years of use. Typically, sanding is not necessary prior to applying Country Chic Paint. But in this instance I opted to sand before painting to ensure that the rough scratches and dings were smoothed out as much as possible. And because I’ve had the wood color bleeding through the paint on several of these desks that I painted in the past, I then applied a coat of shellac. Shellac does a great job preventing that and helps keep your color true.
I applied three coats of the Peacoat to the exterior and interior of the desk, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. The piece was then sanded again to create a super smooth finish while highlighting the lovely details. I finished the desk with two coats of Country Chic Paint’s Natural Wax and buffed to a high sheen. The original brass hardware was removed, cleaned up using Bar Keepers Friend, and reattached.
This once tired desk now has a fresh, updated look. I hope my friend and her family use and enjoy it for many years to come!
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