Sunday, June 10, 2012

Red Desk Envy

A few months ago I found a dresser and desk at a resale shop and was bewildered about what to do with them.  I asked for your help.  You can read about it here.   Well, I got the dresser done a few weeks ago and revealed it here.  I decided to take Suzanne's advice and paint the desk red!




I started by stripping and staining the top.  It had surface damage and needed a face lift.  I didn't go as dark as usual on the stain but I really like the way it turned out.



I gave it two coats of ASCP Emperor's Silk.  This red is actually a little more barn red -orangeish than I expected. This photo is not true to color :(  

I added a coat of clear wax, distressed it, and then topped it off with a dark wax glaze.  The dark wax did the trick and tamed down the red.

I was too lazy creative and decided not to take the hardware off, but to paint over it.  That's another plus to Annie Sloan paint!


I'd have red desk envy but I already own it!
It will be going to the shop this week!


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16 comments:

Full Circle Creations said...

I have red desk envy! It looks great!

Holly

Sarah @ Imperfect Patina said...

Wow!! I am not normally a red person, but this is stunning!! Great job!

Suzanne said...

Amazing!! I love it! It's a piece of art, and I love what you did with the handles. Perfect touch. So sweet of you to take my advice! LOL

Sisters Treasures said...

Great choice on the red (and I love the other piece you referred to also). I've got to get on the ASCP band wagon!
Betsy

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Perfect color choice! And I love the curvy leg sticking out, very flirty, very Angelina Jolie!

NYCLQ said...

Great finish & color, especially for summertime! I'm sure it will sell quickly at your shop!

xo Lynda

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I love red! It really gave this piece a lot of pizazz!

Miss Kitty said...

Oh yes! I think this will be a real show stopper in your shop. The wax and distressing made all the difference in making it classy. Great job on your work and on being brave! I saw your post over at "Cowgirl Up!"

Sarah said...

Red desk envy, indeed! this looks terrific!

Kammy's Korner said...

looks beautiful! I always love me a red desk. reminds me of my beloved aunt who had one...... :)

Misti @ Living On Cypress Hill said...

I love red! It looks great!

SuttonsDaze said...

Love it! Pinned it! Found at http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2012/06/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no118-and.html

Ivy and Elephants said...

Gorgeous red desk. This post is so inspirational. I would love it if you could share this awesome post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Erika said...

It turned out lovely! I have this desk that needs something...I have been playing around with the thought of painting it red...but not quite sure yet. Yours turned out nice and it's making me think harder on the idea!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh my goodness...this is the first time that I have seen this color of ASCP and I love it!

Blessings,
Linda

carolyn marshall said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Furniture Friday. I love your little red desk. I imagine it will go out the door fast! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Carolyn
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