Upcycled Vanity Desk

Keri Johnson
by Keri Johnson
2 Materials
2 Days

I recently gave this solid wood vanity desk new life with a sophisticated color and beautiful “jewelry”.

“Before” - Great bones!

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:

  1. Removed knobs & removed each drawer.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.)
  4. Removed dust with tack cloth.
  5. 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.

Shimmer glaze

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!

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  • Karen Lorbecki Karen Lorbecki on Dec 29, 2018

    Is it as emerald as it looks in the photos? I love the color!

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  • Wendy Wendy on Dec 06, 2018

    This is beautiful, and I especially love those knobs!

    • Keri Johnson Keri Johnson on Dec 06, 2018

      Thank you so much! I knew I found th right ones the minute I saw them!! 😍

  • 1984roro 1984roro on Dec 06, 2018

    Love the color - plus, you did a first class job! Well done!