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What Every Well Dressed Woman Needs is a LITTLE BLACK DESK

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I wanted a little feminine desk for what has come to be called my room partly because I only put one chair in it, mine. I found and fell in love with this one on Kijiji and although I had planned to paint it, it looked ok in my room so painting got put on hold for down the road.
Time: 15 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Moderate
So, when I was asked to participate in a project on Hometalk, using metallic paints from Modern Masters, I'd seen some of their paints used on projects and was very impressed so I agreed to give it a try. Of course the first thing I thought about painting was my desk and set about picking a colour. Knowing it had to go in my room narrowed down the choices somewhat thank goodness, because I don't know how I would have picked otherwise. Go to their site www.modernmasters.com sometime and just enjoy.
Once I chose my colours I gathered up my courage and started sanding. After the first scratch, it got easier, and I sanded the shine off to ready it for the primer, Zinsser's Bulls Eye 123. With the primer on I got a look at what it would look like painted white.
  • what every well dressed woman needs is a little black desk, painted furniture, reupholster
  • what every well dressed woman needs is a little black desk, painted furniture, reupholster
I was glad I had chosen Black Pearl and Slate Grey from the feast of colours on the Modern Master's site. That being said after the first coat I was a bit worried, but it said it would take three coats because it was a semi opaque paint.
The paint I chose for this was BLACK PEARL ME700 and STEEL GREY ME244. Although the colours are wonderful, I found it impossible to keep a wet edge, resulting in brush strokes and shading that drove me crazy. In the end I re sanded the flat surfaces with 80 grit paper, watered down the paint and put two coats on and it was much better.
This is what I got when all was said and done.
  • what every well dressed woman needs is a little black desk, painted furniture, reupholster
I stencilled city names from around the world on the top and found the perfect material to cover the chair with and lined the drawer as well. I did the words with grey and rolled them with an almost dry roller and flattened with a dry brush. I wanted them to look weathered and travel worn and they do.
  • what every well dressed woman needs is a little black desk, painted furniture, reupholster
That worked pretty good and I am happy with my Little Black Desk. It is back in it's home, my room.

To see more: http://www.modernmasters.com

Got a question about this project?

  • Lori
    Lori Canada

    I don't know about you but I don't know how some of the people on here ever sell their stuff, it's so beautiful and I know how much work it was. I want so many things I see. :)

  • Anita Moulpied Holland

    Beautiful job, love it

    • Lori
      Lori Canada

      Hi and thanks again. Want to see it now? We moved into the condo last wed. and as yet it hasn't found it's place of prominence. It is my very favourite piece though and am happy you love it.

  • Anita Moulpied Holland

    Would love to see more pictures of the stenciled top, never tried that yet, looks like something i would love. Thanks

    • Lori
      Lori Canada

      Here you go. I did this in the MM grey which was just a shade ot two lighter, used a foam roller, rolled most of the paint on to paper towels before stenciling. I didn't want it to be perfect, just kind of ghostly, I'd stencil much more but they

  • Jart57
    Jart57 Williamsburg, VA

    I agree with you, Lori. I would like to have her beautiful desk (just to look at it)😘.

  • Lori
    Lori Canada

    Hey, thanks Jart 57. It's all settled into the new place and I,m still luvin it. :)

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