Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Painted Secretary Desk

Here's hoping that everyone had a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. Summer is definitely here in Florida, it is hot, hot and more hot with temps in the upper 90's. Add in the humidity and you've got one hot, steamy mess.

For a quick update to a secretary desk I've had I decided paint was again to the rescue. This is the before.

It is a pretty common style of desk with three large drawers on the bottom.

I again used Dixie Belle Paint in Drop-Cloth for a quick and easy makeover.

I love having drawer fronts painted a different color or left in their original state.

These drawer fronts were painted with latex oops paint.

I left the inside unpainted except for the flip desk top.

I did distress slightly on the edges of desk and drawers.

Original hardware was put back on after completed.
Clear coat was applied as a sealer.

This was a easy update for a dated piece.

Here's to having a great Summer!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Window Frame Table

 I have been painting a lot of furniture lately and it's been awhile since I've built something so I decided last week to use a old chippy window frame to create a table.

I tried to take pictures of my process along with my mistakes, so here it goes. First was attaching the legs which were cut to 28 inches.

I really wanted them to go on the other sides of the frame but this is what I started with.

I loved the chippy frame and didn't want to cover it up to much. Yes the legs are a little crooked but adding support will fix this problem, so I thought.

For the table base I pre-drilled wide pallet board and screwed to the bottom of the frame.

I then added a support piece to the legs.

The legs were still off and I knew I was adding another piece of pallet wood to cover the sides.

So I took the legs off  and started over with them, this is the table top.

I then added the extra piece of pallet wood and re-attached the legs to the side of the frame I originally wanted. This did make the legs more sturdy and it looked better overall.
 Murphy liked it to!

Then it was time to paint. For the legs and pallet trim I just painted white. For the table top I did a dark stain then a dry brush of the white.

It needed a pop of color so I did a coat of a Springy Green from my oops paint.

I then did a good sanding to bring out the colors underneath.

After it was completed it needed a little more support so I added cross pieces to each end.

Now the completed table is sturdy and perfectly chippy. I also added another board in-between the legs to fill the gap.

You could add a piece of glass to the top if you wanted a flat surface, but I like the top being a little sunk in.

I did distress the painted frame and legs slightly and added poly to the top wood.

So with a little trial and error I got the build I wanted and love the way it turned out.

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