A couple years ago I wrote a post titled, Organization 101: Why I Have a Desk. If you decide to read the post, you will discover just how much I have enjoyed my desk over the years and why it has been so useful to me. You will also read that a new coat of paint has been on my to-do list since 2015!
When I first acquired the desk, I painted it crimson and pink. Honestly, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and I liked it back then, but it has become increasingly tacky to me in recent years!
For one reason, it doesn’t really match any of my other decor. It has been tucked away in a corner in the guest room, and it didn’t look badly in there. However, I decided to move it to the kitchen area, and of course, it looked atrocious in that location since everything else is neutral tones!
What to do… What to do… I actually took everything out of the desk and found new homes for the items and decided to say goodbye. If you have ever sold used furniture, you know sometimes it sells, and sometimes it is extremely difficult to give it away, especially when it is crimson and pink! So, my husband took the desk to our outdoor building until we could haul it away.
Even though I found new homes for my “desk items,” there were certain things I missed about my desk. Then I remembered I had an Upcycle Challenge coming up during the month of April with a group of blogging friends.
Our projects had to include paper, cardboard, or wood, and since my desk is made of wood, I decided it would be the perfect upcycle project.
This time around, I just wanted a timeless, classic look, so I painted it black. Last time I used paint that had a matte base, and I knew that was not what I wanted for the finish. Satin was just too shiny, so I found the perfect solution with a pearl base.
My husband cleaned the desk and removed all the hardware before I began painting. I used a small paintbrush (1 ½ in.) and a small roller to apply the paint. The paintbrush worked well in the grooves and corners, and the roller was great for the larger surfaces of the desk.
I applied one coat of paint to the desk and all the drawers and let it dry overnight. I finished the project the next day by applying a second coat of paint in the morning and a third in the afternoon. The black covered the older colors very well, but layers are always good to guard against chips.
The keys to painting furniture are buying a reliable brand of paint, using good tools for application, and having patience with the project. The last key is hard for me as I always want to hurry and see the finished project!
If you enjoyed my upcycle project, I know you will enjoy all the other upcycle projects featured by my blogging friends who also participated in today’s blog hop. Click the links below to view their projects!
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