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Old Desk Painted Makeover with a Hand-Painted Design

Painting an old desk  is a great way to give it new life. A friend gave me an antique desk she was getting rid of, I think it dates from around the 1940’s. This is actually the desk ( and my junk)I have that is very similar, because I forgot to take  a before picture of  the one I painted! Also, have you painted a piece of furniture and are wondering what finish to use? Check out this post on how to seal painted furniture with wax vs. polyurethane.  This Old Desk Painted Makeover really came a long way and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Painting a vintage desk

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I wanted to do an antique green finish to update the old wood. On the base color of the desk, I first added a coat of paint in a vintage green color like (affiliate link) Moss Green paint. I liked the green color a lot, but I wanted to tone it down a little bit, so I added  a brown glaze over the top will mute the green paint. You can also age furniture without adding glaze. And, you can also see how to  gray-wash furniture too.

How to finish painted furinture

Before I added the glaze, I took some pictures in natural light of the hand-painted designs I added so you could see the true color. It’s amazing how much the flash changes colors and makes them look so much colder than in person…. And here is after the aging.

How to paint an old desk

This next picture is with a flash so you can see the detail.

In natural light it’s a lot closer to the true color. I love how adding the glaze over the artwork adds a nice bit of depth and dimension to the painting.

painted furniture

Normally I change the knobs out, but I actually put the old ones back on; they just seemed to fit. I promised a while ago I was going to do a tutorial on making patterns for furniture and I still am! Stay tuned :)!

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