Who’s ready for a furniture makeover today?? Hello, dear friends! It’s Furniture Fixer Upper time again, and my fixer upper this month is this white painted desk I found at the thrift store for $49.95:
Be sure to look for my friends’ makeovers at the bottom as well, and be on the look out for nine BRAND NEW TRANSFERS that were just released yesterday that I’m sharing at the end as well!
If you missed my post on Tuesday, I shared my brand new haul which included this treasure of a desk! Or at least I thought it was a treasure.
SO easy, right? I’ll paint it in one of my favorite coastal blues, shabby it up a bit to show some white peeking through. Easy!
Bree….what were you thinking?
She thought she’d make sure everyone knew this was her desk by carving her name in it. You can see just in that one photo alone that this thing was not in the best condition. It was truly a hot mess.
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Do I need to remove the old paint first?
The answer to that question depends on whether the original paint is well-adhered or not. This was on there good. You also need to be sure you’re not dealing with lead paint if you’re not sure of the age of the paint. I used this lead tester, and this desk passed the test.
See more on How to Paint Already Painted Furniture HERE.
Those are both the cordless ones that require the pricey batteries, but if you already have the batteries from other Ryobi tools, it’s awesome to not have any cords in the way. They both come in a corded version also.
Once I was finished sanding, I vacuumed up all the dust with my shop vac.
Next, I gave everything a good cleaning with White Lightning.
Most of the drawers looked like this to start:
So I started with them first…
Do you see that water?
That was just from the drawers! How do the insides of drawers get that dirty?
Those terrycloth pads can be found HERE, and come two to a pack.
I swapped out my water for clean water and wiped them all down again to remove any remaining dirt and residue. Then I mixed a fresh batch for the rest of the desk…one TBSP of White Lighting added to half a gallon of warm water.
I like to clean before filling the holes and gouges.
Fill holes and gouges
There were still several areas that needed filling, and I did that with Dixie Mud in the white this time:
I like to leave the Mud to dry for a few hours before sanding for the best results. Then, I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and vacuumed once again, then wiped with a clean, soft cloth.
Block the Bleed
If you noticed in the photo above, there is bleeding occurring in the front, center of the desk, but also in several other areas as well.
So, I gave everything one coat of BOSS in White and let that sit overnight:
Finally, the fun part!
I also like Purdy brand brushes as they are very similar except the metal part on the Purdys will rust while Dixie Belle’s are made of stainless, so they won’t.
Once I had all the painting done, I sanded all over to smooth, hitting the edges a bit more to distress just a bit.
Adding the Pretty in Blue transfer
Here’s where the real fun happens!
This is one of Redesign’s newer transfers, released in the Fall called Pretty in Blue:
I love this one so much!
The pieces in the design are all connected though, so I carefully cut them apart, arranging them in a way I liked for this desk:
If you haven’t used a transfer before, there isn’t much to it.
- Get an idea of where you want it first. Transfers can be cut apart and combined anyway you like.
- Peel off the white backing.
- Lay it onto your surface.
- Use the enclosed stick (or this fancier tool) to burnish (rub with pressure) to release the image from the clear top sheet onto your surface.
- Once the image has been transferred, peel back the clear top layer and remove.
- Then take your fingers, a clean cloth, or a finishing pad and rub it across the surface to be sure it is adhered well all over.
I layered some of this transfer over a couple of leftover pieces I had from the Flower Collector transfer also:
If you cut just the very edges of the sponge off, it will get right up against those flat edges:
This is another piece, but here is a visual:
The Satin Clear Coat is an excellent sealer and perfect for most furniture projects, but since this desk will likely get heavy use, I may go back over the Clear Coat just on the top with a coat of Gator Hide for maximum protection.
If you want maximum protection over a transfer with Gator Hide, be sure to apply a coat of Clear Coat first before applying the Gator Hide as the water repellent properties in the Gator Hide can cause the transfers to lift.
The Big Reveal
Here is how this pretty lady turned out:
I love this transfer against the crisp white:
Here’s a look without the chair in the way…
I had these pieces from the Flower Collector transfer left over from another project and thought it would be pretty to layer the gold and blue:
That pull is one I had in my stash that I brought to life with a little Gold Gilding Wax:
It was originally the same color as the the knobs that weren’t done yet. Those came from Hobby Lobby…
I often get questions about how I cut the long posts on the Hobby Lobby knobs down. I use this Black and Decker rotary tool that is similar to a Dremel tool:
I had to buy the metal cutting disk separately though which I believe I found at Home Depot.
Just be sure to use extreme caution since it is like a mini saw!
The drawers were disgusting. Not only were they filthy, they had gotten paint over the edges and onto the dovetail joints. I sanded those as best as I could along with the entire outside of each drawer:
Then, I hydrated them with Big Mama’s Butta in Suzanne’s Garden scent:
The Butta seals and protects and when added to the bottoms where they slide, it helps them to slide more easily. It is oil based though, so I just use it on the raw wood as not to discolor the white paint.
So pretty now when you see the sides!
The insides were painted in two different colors, Quiet Cove in Silk Mineral paint for the top drawers:
And I used Nautical from the Silk line on the bottom two drawers…
Silk does require a light sanding to prep except on raw wood, so it is perfect for the insides of drawers. Plus, it has a built-in topcoat. Win win win!
I am so smitten with this pretty little thing now!
She hasn’t been living her best life, but hopefully, she will now be loved for many years to come!
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are sharing today as well:
In shop news, Redesigned with Prima just released several BRAND NEW Redesign with Prima transfers!
I’m especially excited about this bunch because I love them all! Click on the images or on the links below each to see them in my shop!
First up are two larger transfers:
And there are seven smaller Middy transfers that include three 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of designs in each package:
Y’all know I adore the French transfers!!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the first project completed from my brand new haul!
I’ll be playing with those new French transfers on some of these smalls for Tuesday’s post:
UPDATE: See all six of these mini makeovers HERE now!
I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
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