Vintage Desk Refinished


I picked up this great desk at the Salvation Army. It was quite ugly and had the renowned shiny veneer finish. I loved the detail. It was also a great size in being almost 6 feet long and not too deep and chunky.

I sanded first then applied a coat of Cottage Paint which is a clay based paint. It was quite thick going on. I had not used this particular paint before. After 2 coats and a couple of days drying, it appeared to be chipping off. I contacted the rep for the paint company and she said to let it sit another couple of days which I did. A little more cure time and it seemed to have worked.  No more chipping. Side note….. Great response time from Cottage Paint.


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I left the desk for about another week due to my own time line. I then painted it with one coat of white latex paint in semi gloss. I chose this route as I did not want to wax in case I changed my mind about the colour. The latex paint covered great. The Cottage Paint acted as a good coat of primer for this particular project as opposed to the stinky Kilz primer.

I cleaned up the original hardware as it was pretty and I liked it.  The tarnished brass which was wrapped around the bottom of the legs also matched and I did not want to start playing around with this.

I thought it turned out to be a fabulous vintage find.





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