Wednesday, April 25, 2018

oak banker's desk with a surprise finish

This may be one of the neatest pieces I've ever refinished! This is a vintage banker's desk - completely with secret locking mechanisms! This desk is huge, and incredibly heavy.  I refinished this piece for a lifelong friend of mine to use as her worktable for her small shop.

This piece was in great condition, but the finish was dated in style and needed to match her fresh bright studio space.  Here is the before:

And here is the after:

Oak is notorious for yellow bleedthrough.  After cleaning and lightly sanding it, I sprayed it in Happy Hour from Country Chic Paint, and then spot treated it with spray Shellac in areas with bleed through.  I then gave it another coat of Happy Hour.  If you still find spots of bleed through, repeat the process again!

To seal it and give it a durable surface, I gave it three coats of Clear Coat, lightly sanding between coat 2 and 3.

When it was finished, I felt like it just needed something. Something to reflect her shop and her style. And there's one thing her and I have in common: our love of stripes!

To further the theme of secret compartments in this desk, I gave the two pull out surfaces a special finish - black and white stripes! I painted the tops in Crinoline, and then taped off stripes and painted them in Liquorice.  I topcoat these with Clear Coat as well.

Isn't it so fun? I love how it turned out! I love that I can pull Country Chic Paint products off my paint shelf and give pieces a brand new life that can be enjoyed for many, many years!

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