Hello amazing friends and welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day! I’m bringing y’all one very sweet stenciled desk makeover today!
Be sure to be on the lookout for my friends’ furniture flips at the bottom!
Today’s project piece is another freebie from one of my favorite neighbors:
This summer, she texted me a photo of some furniture pieces she was putting on the curb to give me first dibs. I immediately put down my fork mid-dinner, and Jack and I headed right over to grab them up! (Not much will make me move faster than free furniture on my own street!)
I immediately knew I wanted the other two pieces, but she hadn’t expected me to be interested in the desk as well. How could I leave a perfectly good desk on the curb?
This sure was one ugly duckling though!
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I started with Dixie Mud filling in a few areas that needed filling in:
Once the mud was completely dry, I sanded those areas smooth with my Ryobi rotary sander.
This desk had been painted brown. If you plan to paint over an already painted piece, you just need to sand enough to smooth out the existing finish. That is what I meant to do, but I must have been lost in thought and before I knew it, I had sanded half of the top off of the desk down to the wood!
No worries though…I just smoothed out the rest and continued on…
Some of the drawers were sticking, and I noticed that paint had built up on the inside edge where the drawers went in, so I sanded all those areas back to the wood.
I vacuumed up all the sanding dust with my shop vac.
Because this was an older piece and I had exposed the raw wood, I decided to play it safe and BOSS everything with White BOSS to prevent any possible bleed-through:
BOSS is an amazing odor and stain blocker! I gave everything one coat and allowed it to dry overnight. Proper dry time is KEY with BOSS!
Finally, it was time for paint!
So, I went in search of a color scheme that I liked and settled on Savannah Mist for the base:
If you see Savannah Mist on its own in the jar, it appears to be a gray. However, it is more of a gray-blue, and I just love it!
Adding the stencil
When I stencil, I prefer to use an acrylic craft paint like this white by Delta Ceramcoat.
I applied spray adhesive to the back of the stencil and used a smooth surface roller to roll the paint on:
As you can see, I taped off parts of the bottom of the stencil as I wanted the pattern to appear more like lace.
I rolled one coat lightly and then went back with a second coat once the paint was dry. Then, I immediately removed the stencil.
I let the paint on the stencil dry in between.
Once I had added the stencil in all the areas I wanted to, I let everything dry completely. I then went back and sanded everything smooth with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge…
The reason I prefer acrylic paint for my stencils is that it washes off much more easily than chalk paint. I just ran the stencil under water and used a scraper to help remove the paint. I left it tacky side up to dry:
Applying sealer with the sponge is so easy, but I finally got smart a couple of weeks ago and cut the sides of the sponge off to give me a flat edge that fits perfectly at the top of the sides!
Stenciled Desk Makeover Reveal
Here is how this once ugly duckling desk looks now!
It doesn’t even resemble its former self!
As you can see, I also added hardware…
The white pulls are from Hobby Lobby and I found the glass pulls in a pack of six at TJ Maxx.
I centered the stencil to work with the glass knobs I used on the lower drawers.
It’s difficult to see the stencil on the top because of the light from the windows, but here’s a closer look:
I just added it along the back edge.
The center drawer got the stripe treatment for a little contrast which I did using FrogTape:
I like to tape off the sides of my drawers so there is a nice, clean line when you open the drawer. That wasn’t the case previously:
I was able to sand most of that off though for a cleaner look after…
The drawers looked all dried out from sanding those areas, so I hydrated them with a little Big Mama’s Butta:
This is Suzanne’s Garden which has a lovely, subtle rose scent, but it is available in four different scents, including an unscented version.
As for the insides of the drawers, I didn’t have any fabric that would work nicely with this desk, so I pulled out one of my Silk colors, Tide Pool:
It’s a beautiful soft sea green.
I really had fun with this one since it could only get better!
I hope you enjoyed it too!
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are sharing today as well!
And if you missed my last dresser makeover:
You can see what I did with it HERE!
That’s one more project crossed off the FREE-to-me Haul!
See any you missed so far at the links below:
I’ll be back on Tuesday with a fun tray round up:
update: See all these trays brought to life here now!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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