It’s been a bit since I’ve shared one of my own before & after furniture transformations…ironically, I seems that I’ve been working on nothing but furniture lately, I’ve just been so busy with it that I haven’t found the time to share with you all! I’m breaking the steak today with an awesome mid century, art deco desk that I revived using a mixture of CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate, Antique White, and gold metallic. I formulated this mixture with inspirations from Restoration Hardware on my mind.
The beautiful curves and mid-century design of this desk were absolutely ideal for the industrial modern transformation I had in mind. Here’s a before photo: (you’ll have to forgive me here, I recently lost a camera full of images so this isn’t the actual before, but it’s very close look-a-like!)…
After a coat of CeCe Caldwell (my favorite all natural chalk + clay paint!) in Vermont slate and a wash of Antique White & Gold, here’s how my Restoration Hardware inspired mid-century desk turned out:
My first step in the revival process was to remove the hardware and give the desk a thorough cleaning. I wans’t going to use the original hardware, but after giving it a good cleaning, I loved the gold patina that came through.
Next, I gave the desk a good solid coat of Vermont Slate chalk + clay paint.
After that dried, I mixed up a wash of Antique White, water, and just a bit of gold metallic. I lightly covered the entire piece in the wash. Last, I used a damp rag to ever-so-slightly distress the desk. This is just one of the beautiful things about chalk + clay paint, you can distress with simply water (rather than tirelessly scratching away with sand paper). Once I got the desk where I wanted it, I gave it a good coat of CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax to finish it off.
This now industrial modern desk turned out exactely how I’d wanted, I couldn’t be more pleased with it! Check out the great industrial desk chair and revived vintage fan too (look for their before & after’s, coming soon!)
Stay tuned! This desk and many more fabulous pieces will available to purchase soon!