20 July 2015

Waterfall Desk

This beautiful waterfall desk has been sitting patiently in the garage for months now, serving as a place to set my paint supplies and tools, covered in sawdust, while other projects came and went.

It took me a long time to figure out what direction to take and where to begin, so my other projects were a welcome distraction.

I sanded the top with the intention of refinishing the wood with deep, beautiful stain. The curved top of waterfall furniture is the most beautiful part, so regardless of the color I would eventually choose for the body of the desk, I knew the top would be stained. Saving the top also made me feel better about painting the rest of the desk.

I have severe guilt when it comes to painting furniture, so I put a lot of thought into each piece. Chipped, warped veneer? I can paint that, but painting gorgeous, solid, old wood gives me heartburn.

I used a mixture of General Finishes Java and Georgian Cherry Gel Stain, followed by two coats of Polycrylic.

Choosing hardware was tricky. I really like the traditional cup pulls that go with waterfall desks. They just fit the style. I wanted to keep the original cup pulls on the desk, but two pieces were missing, so I had to be creative with blending the old pulls with new knobs. I tried three different knobs before settling on these beauties. These have a gold/brass detail, which I carried over to the original pulls in order to bring together old & new.

I used a little Rub N Buff in Gold Leaf - just a light application, nothing crazy.

The color is a custom blend of three colors of Old Fashioned Milk Paint. I received my package from winning the Fab Flipping Contest, (six colors of my choosing!) and couldn't wait to blend some of these colors together for a beautiful color to match the drawer liners from Rifle Paper Co. I'm calling it Nashville Blue, in honor of a fun trip I have planned at the end of July!

Recipe: 2 parts Tavern Green / 5 parts Soldier Blue / 7 parts Snow White, or enough to lighten to your liking.

I finished with Lavendar Scented Daddy Van's Beeswax, also included in my package. This wax is great stuff. Not glossy, just a beautiful satin layer for protection.

I think that covers it! I don't want to see this one go, but I know someone will love it.

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  1. Beautiful desk and transformation! Great way to use the original hardware, as well!

  2. That is a gorgeous transformation! Great job.

  3. Wow!! That's an amazing transformation! I love the white and gray color scheme and the rug is gorgeous! it definitely is clean, simple and romantic with some fun accents! Great job on the headboard! Tom...


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