Last week I shared with you some changes I made in the living room, which included removing the color pop of coral I had recently added, and bringing in more gray and navy. One of the major changes was taking out the coral desk, and bringing in my new Paris grey and gilded desk.
Of course, this desk didn't always look like this.... I purchased it at the Stylish Patina Barn last month for $5. Kelly was trying to clear out a bunch of items, and this desk was one of them. It needed some love and reinforcements, but I was excited for the project. Here is what it looked like when I brought it home....
click here). I reinforced all along the top and at some of the leg joints and then just covered up with filler.
Once the filler had dried, I sanded the piece all over. I am aware that with chalk paint you do not need to sand, but this piece had a factory finish I just didn't trust. Once that was done, I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Paris Grey and then lightly distressed, and waxed it. Then I added new knobs (the old ones were a little crusty!) Finally, to bring some light and attention to the desk's gorgeous features, I wiped some Annie Sloan gilding wax in King Gold onto the details and knobs with my finger. And voila! Here it is before I decided it belonged in my home....
And do you want to know a secret? The drawer pulls through on both sides, with a drawer front on both sides! It is meant to be a shared desk. So here is the "backside" even though really there is not a backside. Which is great because I have plenty of backside already.
I am just so in love with the union of Paris gray and gilding wax.... It makes me smile.