Vintage Desk Makeover

4 Hours
Found in a thrift store...she was in need of something... Maybe a little paint...?? A good cleaning...?? A few minor repairs...?? This little desk needed all of the I decided to fix her up! Keeping the desk top natural...a fresh coat of paint was all she needed to become a stunning addition to our home.
This sad little desk was at the thrift store, but I just knew she could be something special...
Some water damage on the legs and sides was no match for a little wood filler.
I stripped off the dark finish.
This desk had so many great little details...I could hardly wait to get my paint brushes out... I planned to use an antique brown glaze to age the paint, and to highlight all the great carvings.
After a few coats of creamy white paint... and she looked like a "new" well- loved vintage desk.
The brown antiquing glaze settled nicely into the grooves, highlighting all of her charm.
I left the desk top natural, and stained it a warm brown, and then applied wax.
It was so worth the little bit of effort to make-over this vintage desk!
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  • Ord2805514 Ord2805514 on Mar 01, 2016
    Hi, I adore the desk! Would you tell me how/method you used to strip the desk prior to painting? Did you sand between coats of paint? Did you sand or do anything before the antiquing glaze? Thanks for sharing you fabulous make-over! Eileen

  • Elizabeth Harris Elizabeth Harris on Mar 01, 2016
    What "brand" is brown antiquing glaze? Is that its formal name? This is exactly what I have been planning to do to an antique dresser. I just didn't know how to accomplish it.

  • Dawn A Bringe-Andersen Dawn A Bringe-Andersen on Jun 16, 2017
    What did you use to remove the Citristrip? I have never heard of this product and it sounds perfect for a cabinet built in I have.


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  • Maryellen Maryellen on Feb 26, 2017
    I love how you made over this desk! The details on it are beautiful!

  • Sondra Slider Sondra Slider on Jun 16, 2017
    I think I would rather use it as a vanity in the guest bathroom!

    • Glenda Glenda on Aug 05, 2017
      I would guess this piece started life as a vanity. The cross parts for holding a mirror above can probably be seen on the back. If it began as a desk, I'd imagine the center would be a drawer. Nice makeover!