Thursday, August 1, 2013

Petite Lavender Desk & Missing Veneer Fix

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I can't wait to show you what I've been working on this week!  I think you're going to be quite surprised when you see the before photo of this sweet little lavender desk!  I am a bit ashamed to say that I purchased it from the woman who had originally painted it bright blue using a latex paint.  I wasn't about to tell her that it was going to be repainted...I don't think she would recognize it if she saw it today anyhow!

Upon closer inspection, I could see that the desk had been painted olive green at one point!  Both layers of the latex paint were actually peeling off in layers of plastic.  I was not about to waste my time trying to sand or peel all of those goopy layers of paint off.  Seriously, talk about hours of tedious, boring work!  Thank goodness for Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan! 
I started with two coats of Old White, just to be sure that none of that bright blue was going to reappear at any point.  I knew I wanted to do some heavy distressing in the end and without a good undercoat of Old White, any distressing would reveal the peeling blue latex paint. 
 Once the two coats of Old White had dried, I was tempted to stop there.  The coverage was excellent...I was looking at a white desk!  However, I still had this vision of a pretty Pale lavender, so I mixed 1 part Paloma to 1 part Old White.
One coat of my custom Lavender color was all that was needed to completely cover the desk.  I then went to work distressing to reveal bits of the Old White underneath.  Clear and Dark wax completed the shabby, rustic look and sealed the more peeling latex here!  A crystal knob on the drawer was the finishing touch!
A peek inside the drawer reveals some pretty vintage wallpaper!  I have a few 3 feet pieces of this available in my shop space.
I love how this little desk turned out, but I am equally pleased with the little white chair!  Are you ready for this?
Never again will I shy away from a beautiful piece of furniture with missing veneer!  A very special thanks to the talented Rosemary of Villabarnes for the inspiration! 
Pieces of vintage sheet music have filled in where veneer had once been broken away. 
I sanded the edges of the intact veneer so that no one's clothing would be snagged if they were to sit on this seat! 
This isn't just a cute chair to look's amazingly sturdy for it's age and ready to be used! 
 That is one cute little desk and chair ready for Camas Antiques!
Thanks again for visiting me today!  I hope you are having a lovely week!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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