This summer, I transformed a desk I had promised for my daughter. The chunky desk and hutch werepainted, glazed and distressed in Pink, Off White, and Dark Brown.
First, the entire piece was spray primed. With the desk laminate surface made of Formica, Zinnser 1-2-3 Bulls Eye spray primer provided the necessary adhesion for painting the desk with latex enamel. Read HERE for more on using this great product on Formica.
Next the desk and hutch were painted Off White, Pink and Dark Brown. Black Glaze accented all these colors, and the original pulls were used on the drawers.
I found this desk at a garage sale, and immediately saw the potential. I love this old style in antique desks. They are favorite type of piece to refinish.
With the desk, I was drawn not only to its style, but the original pulls. With their ornate design, I knew I wanted to reuse them. It was just a matter of how!
I painted, glazed, and distressed the desk in Off White with Tobacco Glaze. Since it had previously been spray painted, I made sure to remove any loose paint when scuff sanding the piece.
I’m a fan of spray painting vintage knobs and pulls when needed. I also like going with their original color, but sometimes painting a new color will tie in better with the look of a new piece.
Typically, I spray paint pulls black, but with the desk, the idea came to me of Turquoise. It took me a few days to pull the trigger, but I had a feeling they would really pop off the desk and look classy with their intricate design.
I first painted the pulls black, then added the Turquoise without completely covering the black. This provided dimension as well as some slight variation to the look of the pulls.