Hey there! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite pieces! I found this great little Bassett desk on Craigslist for $25! I knew right away that I wanted something more fun than just painting it a solid color. Since stripes are my thing, I decided to give it a try.
To begin, I painted the entire desk in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP for short) Graphite. Once my first coat was completely dry, I used 3″ wide masking tape to tape off my stripes. I measured the desk top to find the middle and placed my first piece of tape dead center. With all of the drawers in the desk, I simply wrapped the tape down onto the front of the drawers so all of the stripes would line up perfectly. Once my first piece of tape was on and straight, I simply butted all of the next pieces of tape next to each other so in the end my entire desk was taped up. Then, I removed every other piece of tape. Easy as that! Other than taking some time, it really was simple!
I did two coats of ASCP in Old White for the light stripes. When it was dry, I removed all of the tape and I had a pretty SCARY looking piece of furniture! I was seriously doubting my idea at this point! It just looked….really weird! I almost ditched the whole project, but with all of that time spent taping I just pushed through. I lightly sanded the entire piece with 320 grit sandpaper to reveal a bit of wood along the edges.
I used ASCP clear wax to seal up the whole desk. Lastly, I used an old t-shirt to buff to a low sheen!
The pulls are Martha Stewart Bedford Brass Awning Cup pull from Home Depot which I think polish it off nicely!
I was so pleased with the final product! As with so many of the painting projects I do, the “in progress” is scary, but the end result turns out pretty neat! I listed this on my local Craigslist, and it sold the same day!
I want to credit my friend, Lacy, for my awesome photos (obviously not the couple of iPhone pics, those were mine. The really great pictures are from her!) She’s such a talented photographer. You can check out her site here http://www.lacytomlinson.com/
Thanks for stopping by!