Sunday, November 4, 2012

Herringbone Desk

I ran across this desk that had clearly been painted several times. It looked like someone had tried to strip it and sand it down but gave up. Boy, I know when I'm in that process, thoughts of giving up cross my mind. This piece had some strange rust and cement-like textures on some parts of it. I probably should have just thrown it away, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I wanted to do something fun.

I just love it! I stripped, sanded, primed, and painted. I knew I'd be using chalk paint and milk paint, but I felt the primer was necessary to hold the rust in and all those strange layers. The milk paint crackled beautifully over the primer, I wasn't even trying, it just happened and it looks awesome! The milk paint was easily chipped away with a metal putty knife. I sealed it so all the "chippy" goodness would stay on and not continue chipping.

This item is for sale in my shop, keep in mind this is not a smooth finish paint job, it has chipping, layers and peeling paint. The top middle drawer sticks a bit but the rest work like a charm.


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    1. Ooh lovely! Was it an oil based primer then to make it do that?

  2. LOVE how it chipped with the milk paint! Looks GREAT!

  3. Well, look how cute that turned out...all chippy and sassy looking- xo Diana

  4. I love it! That shade of green is gorgeous, and I love the chippy texture! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!


  5. Oh goodness sakes, this is just awesome!!!

  6. wow this is cool! If you have time I would love for you to share this at my linky party going on now @ Primp.

  7. This turned out great! I love the mix of modern and vintage! The design and colors are great together!