Do you ever see an old piece of furniture and it’s almost like you can hear it whisper to you what it wants to be? That’s what happened with this desk. I found it in an out-building of a local shop, hiding under a lot of other items and a nice coating of dirt. The masculine weight of the wood was complemented by the feminine lines of the curved side panels – almost like a beautiful flagship – so I knew I wanted to do something nautical on this piece.
Here’s the before, buried in a virtual tomb of oddities…
And here’s the after: the Admiral!
I would have loved a stained wood top on this, but the elements had taken their toll on the wood over time. It was dry and cracked and in no shape to be showcased. So, I brought out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue. This is a beautiful deep grey blue color – not quite navy and not quite royal blue, but rather a nice mix of the two.
I did my usual ASCP painting routine, with one good coat of paint, straight from the can, followed by a second, watered-down coat that leaves a nice, smooth finish. The technique works every time for me – if you’re interested in a detailed how-to, let me know and maybe I’ll whip up my first instructional video!
Because it’s not nautical until there are stripes, I added a blue stripe to the drawers, painted in ASCP in Old White. The original brass hardware was a perfect complement, like little portholes…
Then I distressed this piece, sanding along edges and in larger areas on the side. I’m typically a light distresser, but I made myself be brave and distress a little more than I usually do because I wanted a well-worn look to this desk. I was also more liberal with the AS Dark Wax, applying with a cloth rather than a brush, which I felt gave me a lot more control over the color of the wax and more uniform coverage.
I’m so happy with the way this desk turned out – exactly like I envisioned the day I found it!
I will be selling this piece, as I’m trying to save enough money to purchase a sleeper sofa for my office area (and finally have a completed room after nearly two years in this house!). If you’re local to the central Texas area and are interested, email me…
In the meantime, I think I’ll be breaking it in as my new place to blog!