Desk REDO in Distressed Turquoise & Black Glaze

Desk REDO in Distressed Turquoise & Black Glaze - DIY Inspiration from Facelift FurnitureTurquoise breathes new life into old furniture when part of a paint, glaze and distressing refinishing regiment.

This vintage desk with hutch was painted Turquoise. Black glaze accented all the molding and heavy oak wood grain.

Light distressing revealed both the original wood tones, as well as the white primer, helping the new look of the piece pop out.

For more inspiration, visit our Turquoise Refinished Furniture collection. 


Desk in Distressed Barn Red & Black Glaze

Old desk in distressed Barn Red with Black Glaze - DIY Inspiration from Facelift FurnitureBarn Red brings to life old pieces that have seen their better day.

This old desk took on a whole new look when refinished with Barn Red. Black glaze was used to accent the detail and provide an antiqued look.

Light distressing popped out the white primer as well as the original wood tones.

The original pulls were reused to provide a throw back to the original design.

For more inspiration, visit out Red Refinished Furniture collection. 

Antique Desk in Off White with Turquoise Pulls

Before & After Off White Desk Turq PullsI 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.


Turq Pulls Desk Antq Off White



Turquoise Chunky Desk – Before & After

Turquoise Chunky Desk - Before & AfterThis dated desk is a perfect example of how vintage furniture can be upstyled and transformed with paint, glaze, and distressing.

The desk, with it’s Formica laminate top, was spray primed white high quality product and process I describe in detail HERE.

It was then painted Turquoise, and glazed Black. Distressing reveals the original wood tones, and white primer, both of which offer a great contrast to the new colors.

The pulls and knobs were also spray painted black, tying in well with the glaze and looking great against the Turquoise!

For more upstyled inspiration, visit our Desk & Vanities album!

White-SPACEDesk Chunky Turquoise