As many of us have made the move to working or learning from home, it is important to have a functional and beautiful workspace. Defining your workspace with a desk is a great way to start creating your workspace area. I always head to my local Salvation Army Thrift Store to find furniture, you can often find great pieces that just need a little updating. One of my most favorite thrifted finds is this stunning desk. I wanted to high five everyone when I found it.
This unique desk is beautiful however it was a little outdated with many of the details getting lost with the dark wood. Transforming furniture to fit with your decor is easy to do with the right products and some inspiration. This desk had a Restoration Hardware feel to it.
The first and most important step when painting furniture is to always prep first. Prepping is a 3-step process where you first clean your furniture with TSP- Fusion’s TSP is my favourite. Use 220 sandpaper to scuff your furniture; scuffing the whole piece as if wiping down your kitchen table. The final step is to wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Click here to learn how to properly prep.
Once you have prepped your furniture you can get to the fun stuff and start painting. I used Canadian made chalk style FAT paint in Skyline to paint the whole piece and applied two coats (click here to learn more about FAT paint). I used FAT paint Gull Grey to accentuate the molding on the drawers.
I used a black glaze along the edge and on these gorgeous curved legs to make them pop. I added gold leaf onto the hardware and feet to elevate the whole look, finishing with top coating the whole desk with FAT paint Clear Coat for durability. Click here to learn how to apply Clear Coat.
I love the transformation of this thrifted desk, functional and stylish. Head to your local Salvation Army Thrift store for unique furniture finds. Happy Thrifting!
With everyone spending more time at home, it is especially important for us to be surrounded with items we love and that have a purpose. On a trip to my local Salvation Army Thrift store looking for furniture for my bedroom, I found this gorgeous dresser.
It was in excellent condition, solid wood and had deep drawers to fit more clothes. After looking inside the drawer I found this was a Gibbard dresser! They were a Canadian furniture company known for their high quality furniture. If you are lucky you can often find them in thrift stores.
The dark wood felt outdated in my space and I found the details of this stunning piece were lost. I decided to paint this piece in a soft, almost neutral blue. The first step in painting furniture is to prep it. Give it a good clean with TSP ( a super duper oil and grease remover), a quick scuff sand with 220 sandpaper as if you are wiping down your kitchen table and then wipe it off with a damp shop rag. Click here to see how to properly prep your furniture. Here is what you need.
Once this dresser was prepped it was time to get to painting! Two coats of paint in this gorgeous soft blue colour updates this dresser. I added a metallic gold along the molding with a fine artist brush and a steady hand, to elevate the look and add some bling. Keeping a damp shop rag on hand to wipe off any mistakes makes the process easy and eliminates the need for painter’s tape. I painted the hardware to give it a more cohesive look. Fusion Mineral Paint has a built in top coat in it, once your paint has dried that is it! This stunning dresser has been transformed into an elegant statement piece.
Next time you are looking for furniture head to your local Salvation Army Thrift store. You can easily paint it to make it work with your decor. Happy thrifting!