Writing Desk in distressed Black, Off White and Sea Blue ~ Before and After from the Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.This writing desk with Queen Anne legs has the appeal of minimalist simplicity combined with elegant style. There’s only one drawer, the middle, with the drawer faces on each side being faux.

When refinishing with paint, glaze, and distressing, I chose Sea Blue for the drawer fronts, knowing they would pop out against Off White on the sides and legs.  With the top being painted Black, it was an easy choice to spray paint the original brass pulls Black for the tie in they would have with the top.

Distressing of all these surfaces revealed both the white primer and original wood tones. All the surfaces then received coats of water based polyurethane protective finish.


  1. Love this color combo! Do you apply the water based polyurethane with brush, foam applicator or roller on the top? I purchased your e-book. I am in the process of painting a small table black and having problems with it looking grainy. Any suggestions appreciated.

    1. June, I use a brush for the polyurethane. Do you use a high quality brush? Are you also using high quality paint?

      1. I used Valspar paint, quality polyurethane, and so it must be the brush . I lightly sanded after second coat of poly. Then I used a foam applicator and it seemed to appear much better. Thanks for your suggestion.

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