Vintage Desk Makeover!

I am bringing you another great up-cycle furniture piece for the monthly “Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest” and July’s theme is “Come on, Let your colors burst.  I thought this Vintage Desk was the perfect entry for a burst of color!

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I love doing custom pieces for my friends that give me the ability to use my creative side and makeover their piece of furniture as I see it.  This is exactly what happened with this vintage desk makeover from my friends Betty and Eugene.    

Antique Desk Before After

Eugene found his grandfathers antique desk in the barn and decided to bring it to me to see what I could do to it to make it fit into their decor style.    

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He left it up to Betty to decide how she wanted it painted.  It sat in my garage for 9 months before I forced Betty to make a decision on color.  She shared 2 pictures with me on what she wanted and they were total opposites in style.  She did say she wanted the color red, so I showed her a few pictures on a highly distressed piece and she said yes, that is it.  

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This piece was old and I knew that the red paint would look better distressed and aged than a more modern looking finish.  I left the inside in its original state except that I put wax on the dried out wood.  

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The desk was painted using Maison Blanche Vintage furniture paint in Cerise.  I distressed it using my Ryobi finishing sander.  Then gave the antique desk a wash with dark stain and poly mix.  By adding the poly into the stain, I did not have to seal the desk.  

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How cool is this original lock.  They don’t have the key, so we left off the screws on the top so they can get in and out of the desk.   I added new knobs in a green color, which complimented the red paint.  This custom piece turned out great and they both were very happy with the vintage desk makeover.  


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I want to give a BIG shout out to this months contest sponsor – Unicorn Spit.  Even though I did not use this product on this piece, I just placed an order and have some of this product on its way.  I can’t wait to try this product.  You need to go over to their site and see the incredible burst of colors they are creating with this Vibrant Gel Stain.  

Please be sure to stop over to our Hostesses blog, Lynn from On Fern Avenue and Stacy from Anastasia Vintage to see all the other great link ups for this months contest and please make sure you vote for my Vintage Desk Makeover.  

If you are a fellow furniture flippin’ blogger and want to join in on the fun, please email Stacy ( or Evey ( if interested in participating in future contests.  



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