THIS OLD DESK GETS A MAKEOVER USING A FAUX WOOD PAINT TECHNIQUE, A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE, AND A NEW DIXIE BELLE TRANSFER!
Hi sweet SI Family! Thanks for all the wonderful feedback on last week’s T2T post. I had a good few requests to see the Faux Wood Paint Technique on a piece of furniture. So for today’s makeover, I’m transforming this vintage desk using a little bit of sunshine, the faux wood technique, and a GORGEOUS Dixie Belle Transfer from their NEW Belle’s And Whistles furniture transfer line!
Also, be sure to read to the end of today’s post. For a limited time, Dixie Belle Paint Company is looking for furniture artists to send Transfer Bundles to… if you qualify, you might also be trying a few of these fabulous designs!
Here’s what I started with. This desk was selling on FBM for $65 and I picked it up for $50.
Here’s the reveal. I know I say it over and over again but it’s amazing what a little paint and in this case a furniture transfer can do!
What do you think?
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Vintage Desk – SALVAGED
Sandpaper | Shop Towels
White Lightning (Cleaner)
Slick Stick (Bonding Primer)
Dixie Belle Mud White (Fill Hardware Holes)
Water Misting Spray Bottle
Burlap Chalk Mineral Paint (Faux Wood Legs)
Chocolate Chalk Mineral Paint (Faux Wood Legs)
Rebel Yellow Chalk Mineral Paint (Desk Paint Color)
Magnolia Garden Transfer (Drawer Details)
Morocco Stencil (Side Drawer Detail)
Brown Wax (For Blending)
Satin Clear Coat (To Be Added)
STEP 1:: PREP
To prep this desk I cleaned the entire piece with this DB White Lightning. Once the piece dried, I rolled on two coats of Slick Stick. Slick Stick is awesome when you need 100% certainty your paint will adhere without sanding. This Slick Stick is a super-tough gripping primer that works on shiny factory finishes, plastic, metal, ceramic, and mirror! Just keep in mind it’s not made to cover bleedthrough. After it was primed, I filled the hardware holes using this White Mud.
STEP 2:: PAINT
The next day, I painted two coats of this Rebel Yellow. This paint is a little bit of sunshine in a jar! I love painting with a color that makes me smile.
STEP 3:: PAINT FAUX WOOD
A BIG thank YOU for giving me ideas and let me know what you’d like to see! As per all your requests to see this Faux Wood Paint Technique on a piece of furniture, I decided to give the legs and hardware knobs of this desk a natural wood finish. I painted a base coat of this Burlap color. Then I added a Chocolate color wash along with a little dry brushing.
If you missed last week’s Trash To Treasure you can see a more detailed step-by-step post including a video tutorial here.
PRO-TIP:: If the size and weight of a piece allow you to flip it over… flip it! This is an amazing way to get ALL the areas of your piece covered in paint and cleaned up on the underside!
STEP 4:: ADD DIXIE BELLE TRANSFERS
I had a difficult time deciding on which of these Dixie Belle Transfers to use. Not a bad decision to have to make, right!? 😉 It was between Belle’s And Whistles Floral Romance and Magnolia Gardens. Both are absolutely GORGEOUS!
After painting the legs the natural wood finish I decided on the Magnolia Gardens. even though the design portion I wanted to use was going to be too short for my drawers. (See below for how I fixed this!)
I’ve used other brands of transfers and these seem to be a little sturdier in the application. I’m not sure if the mylar is thicker or the applicator stick is more sturdy but something feels a little more substantial and they rub on beautifully. If you’ve never used a transfer, I have a full tutorial on the Easy Rub on Method including a video here.
I used two (2) of the Magnolia Gardens designs because I wanted to place this full sheet on the front of all the drawers. As you can see in the pics below it was too short to cover the entire front. So I removed the three drawers and lined them up in order. Then I cut the transfer to size leaving about an inch of space on the top and bottom drawer. Once I figured out the placement, I removed the transfer design from the backing and placed it on top of the drawers. Using the wood applicator stick, I rubbed the design on the drawers and then cut the edges of each drawer by rubbing the applicator stick over it a few times.
STEP 5:: DISTRESS & BLEND
To blend the transfer into the drawers, I gave them a light sanding. This distressed them so a bit of the Rebel Yellow shows through. To conceal the top and bottom, I used this brown wax to darken the top and bottoms of the drawers and blend in the transfers. I also used brown wax to blend and distress the corners and details of this desk.
PRO TIP – I know using dark wax can feel intimidating on a freshly painted piece. If you use clear wax first and then apply dark wax over it, the wax is easily “erased” if you don’t like the looks of it.
Here’s a close-up of how they turned out.
STEP 6:: DRAWER DETAIL & TOPCOAT
As the last detail, I stenciled this Morocco Stencil on the sides of the drawers.
Here’s the step-by-step on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂
I’m going to wait until my wax is 100% dry before I protect this desk by spraying it with this Clear Satin topcoat. Once the wax dries and cures I could leave it as-is but seeing as I’ll be selling this piece, the added protection on the top gives me peace of mind.
I love the way the knobs and legs match and how they look against this transfer design!
Here’s another look at the before and after.
I hope this has inspired you to give these NEW Dixie Belle Belles And Whistles Transfers a try! If you do, please let me know how you like them! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #salvagedinspirations.
There’s a video to go along with this post as well but it’s not edited yet so I hope you check back later in the week. Unfortunately, I spilled a full cup of scalding hot tea on my lap earlier this week. I have first and second-degree burns so I was out of commission for a few days. But I’ll get that up for you guys as soon as I can. 🙂
And now for some exciting news!
Application link: https://dixiebellepaint.com/transfer-bundle-application/
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DESK MAKEOVER AND THE FAUX PAINTED WOOD TECHNIQUE ON THE LEGS AND KNOBS… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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