Peacoat Desk

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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  1. Teri says

    I love the sheen on that. Tell me, is that brand of wax all natural (no toxic smells), or does it have solvents in it? Beautiful color – that is a showstopper.

    • says

      Thanks Teri! And the wax is all natural. Here’s a quote from their website, “Our delicious furniture wax contains beeswax and other natural waxes and oils. It does NOT contain any mineral solvents and it only has the smell that is naturally present in the beeswax and other natural oils.” Hope that helps!

  2. Teri says

    do you have gold highlights on the drawer edges, or is that just distressed back to the wood? I am so blinded by the sheen that I can’t tell what I am looking at. 🙂

    • says

      HaHa! No gold highlights, that is just where I sanded back the paint to expose the wood. The wood was relatively light under the original dark finish. And as you can see I buffed this one to a high sheen, it’s not something I do often but find it works well on certain pieces. Have a great weekend!

  3. says

    WOW! This is stunning! The color is just glowing with style and class! You have turned this into a very classy piece again! Well done! I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Oh pretty! Love the blue and gold – so sophisticated. Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • says

      Thanks so much Cynthia! I bet your desk is beautiful. These desks are not the easiest pieces to paint, but always worth it in the end!

    • says

      Thank you Alicia! I’m glad you like the color, it was my first time using it but I will have to find another project for it. And thanks for hosting, I will definitely be back!

  5. says

    Well, this is simply stunning. The combination of that deep rich blue with the bright brass hardware is amazing. I have one of these desks and its pretty old and worn, I have been torn about whether to paint it or not. I think I need to give this a try…

    • says

      Thanks so much Sue! I’ve painted a number of these desks now and all were worn and scratched to start. You won’t be sorry, best of luck with yours!

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