Upcycled Vanity Desk
I recently gave this solid wood vanity desk new life with a sophisticated color and beautiful “jewelry”.
Before starting to paint any project, you need to do the right prep! (Your finish is only as good as the base on which it’s applied, so don’t skimp on this step.) For this project, I did the following:
- Removed knobs & removed each drawer.
- Scrubbed the entire piece with a mix of 50/50 vinegar/water and a couple drops of blue Dawn dish soap. (Rinse well and dry.)
- Once dry, I used my orbital sander with 120 grit paper to remove the shiny finish. (I did not sand to bare wood, and, of course, used a mask.)
- Removed dust with tack cloth.
- Repeat step 2. (You may wonder why I would waste my time cleaning the top if I’m going to sand. It’s always a good idea to clean any oil and dirt prior to sanding so that you don’t push it into the wood.)
After prep, I was ready to paint. I applied 2 coats of Shabby Paints chalk paint in “Vogue”, allowing a couple of hours dry time between coats. In order to add some additional pizazz, I mixed the paint color with Shabby Paints Pearl Shimmer glaze, applying to the top, the drawer fronts, and accent areas.
Last step is to seal the finish. For this step, I applied 2 coats of Shabby topcoat in matte finish using a blue circle sponge.
Hobby Lovby always has beautiful “jewelry” for my pieces, and these shatter-effect glass knobs were perfect for this vanity desk!
Finally, I was able to put the drawers back into place and look at the end result! This sophisticated teal will shine in any room!