HOW TO TURN A $14.99 THRIFTED DESK INTO A REGAL ROYAL DAMASK BEAUTY | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi, sweet #sifamily, and thanks for joining me today! If you follow me on my IG and FB Stories, you may have already seen this steal of a deal I’m sharing today. Last week I picked up this GORGEOUS vintage desk at my local thrift store for $14.99! I’m always thrilled when I find pieces like this and it’s such an honor to work on them.
Here’s the desk in the Thrift Store. It was sandwiched between a brown couch and a huge cabinet which I moved so I could take this pic.
Before I get into the how-to details here’s the NEW look! What do you think? Worth $14.99?
Omgosh… I’m in love! It’s such a romantic vintage piece!
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$14.99 Desk – SALVAGED
BIN Shellac Primer
French Linen Chalk Mineral Paint
Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint
Royal Damask Stencil
Satin Clear Coat
$14.99 ROYAL DAMASK DESK MAKEOVER
Here’s how it all came together…
PREP | CLEAN
I removed the drawers and gave the inside and outside of this desk a good cleaning with this TSP substitute. I like using it in a spray bottle and wiping it down with a large sponge. As you can see, the inside of the drawers are in really good condition.
After the desk was clean and dry, I brought it into my sanding room and gave the entire piece a scuff sand with 120 grit sandpaper and this orbital sander. You can see in the pic below how cracked and damaged the finish on this piece was. To sand the curved areas, I used this sanding pad attached to my sander which allows me to curve into the details.
This type of vintage furniture is notorious for bleeding through. Bleedthrough is when the tannins from the wood show through your paint looking like ugly splotches and discoloration. To stop the bleedthrough, I used BIN Shellac Based Primer. I have a full tutorial on how to use this stain-blocking primer here.
Do you remember the last Furniture Fixer Upper Linen Dresser Makeover? You may recall I mixed a cup of paint with a cup of Flotrol. It was WAY too much for that project and I had at least half left over. I didn’t want it to go to waste so I used the leftover French Linen and Flotrol to paint this vintage desk. French Linen is a classic neutral and perfect for this vintage desk!
RAISED DEMASK STENCIL DESIGN
Creating a raised stencil is SO SATISFYING and easy to do. Remember, it doesn’t have to be totally perfect to have a gorgeous effect. In Saturday’s upcoming video, you’ll see how many tries it took me to get one of these drawers done and how to ‘erase’ the raised stencil to start again.
Here are the steps I took to get this Damask raised stencil design:
- I picked this Royal Damask stencil design to match my furniture
- I placed the stencil and using a putty knife, I skimmed the stencil with the White Mud
- Once the Mud had covered the entire design, I carefully lifted the stencil to reveal the raised design
- For a quick dry (you can let it dry naturally as well), I used my heat gun but a hairdryer would work just as well
- I painted over the dry raised stencil with French Linen
- Once the paint dried, I lightly sanded the raised stencil to reveal the design
DRY BRUSH DETAILS
To tie the piece together, I dry-brushed all the details with this Buttercream. To dry brush, all I do is add a tiny bit of paint on the end of my paintbrush, then brush the paintbrush on a shop towel to remove the excess. You want VERY LITTLE paint on the tip. Then very gently, I brush the end of the paintbrush over the details. The paint ‘kisses’ the details and leaves a gorgeous highlight as seen below.
I loved these gorgeous large pulls but the yellow undertones weren’t working with the French Linen. So I used the same dry brush technique explained above to lighten these gorgeous pulls. The only difference is they got two treatments. One with the Buttercream and then I repeated with the French Linen.
I’ll be spraying and protecting this piece with this Satin Clear Coat when I bulk batch my finished.
Here’s the finished look!
Check out these gorgeous pulls! They tie in with the Royal Damask theme perfectly… like big chunky jewelry!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily has hit 13.9K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this dresser’s before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS $14.99 ROYAL DEMASK PAINTED DESK MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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