I love picking up little ornate pieces of furniture that need a just a bit of sprucing up. During my last shopping trip at a big antique mall in Ohio, I came across a lonely old telephone desk in need of a makeover. The price was right so I snatched it up and brought it home for a little TLC.
The bones of it were good but it was half green and half stained and quite dirty! It definitely needed some life and some major brightening up. Luckily, this makeover would be an easy one.
Telephone Desk Makeover
I took a somewhat before picture. It was after I sanded off the loose paint and cleaned it. Since I was painting over the old finish, I didn’t worry about getting all of the old paint off. I only wanted to get the loose paint off so I had a smooth surface. I also got anxious and slabbed on a few strokes of white paint.
It took about three thin coats of Behr Premium Plus in ultra pure white satin to get the right finish. I then sanded over then entire desk lightly with fine sand paper. To give it a little bit of a distressed look, I went over some of the edges a little more to let the stained wood show through. When I was finished sanding, I wiped the entire desk down with a damp rag. For an extra smooth finish, I then wiped on Minwax paste finishing wax.
I like the brighter clean look with the white paint. And, the distressing helped to keep the aged look.
A distressed finished just screams for some old tattered books! So, my grandpa’s old books and glasses have a new home.
The desk top is now smooth like butter…..
It was fun to take a tired and worn piece of furniture and give it a bright and youthful new look. I love the new addition in my office and it’s use will be none other than to display more found vintage treasures!
For more style ideas, check out my post on how to update old furniture.