I just finished working on the Old Violet Dresser and stumbled upon this oldie but goodie desk makeover in my past posts. Another transformation in Old Violet from 2014. Have a great weekend!
One of my favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors is Old Violet. It is a gorgeous, blue/violet/gray that changes in the light. I thought it would be a good choice for my vintage desk that I purchased a few weeks ago.
The desk is super old and was in bad shape. It was covered in dirt and spider nests (lovely), two drawers were stuck shut and the legs were coming off. As I was re-attaching the feet, I saw how they have small pegs that fit into holes on the bottom of the desk and no nails or screws were used. This piece is old!
Here is the before and after pic.
After fixing the legs, I went to work on the top. It was badly scratched and marked up. After sanding and refinishing it, I am in love! The grain of the wood is gorgeous and the rope trim just lovely.
To this –I decided to re-do the rope trim by sanding and staining to create a two-toned look. The body was painted in Old Violet and two coats did the trick. Then it was sanded back to smoothness and the edges were distressed. For protection, Fiddes & Sons wax was applied.
The curved drawers are divine. The original drawer pulls are actually all wood. They are just beautiful. I only added a touch of paint to show off the detailing on the fronts.The back of the desk is fully finished with gorgeous paneled details. The legs (now fixed) are so sweet with a little curve to them.My sweet vintage desk!
Very pretty Suzanne-I have had the same desk!
Isn’t it strange how that works? I just saw a chair on RPK’s blog that is the exact same as one I finished last year. So glad our finds are getting restored and repurposed!
It’s gorgeous and I love that color, too. The shape is beautiful.
chris aka monkey
you did a freak awesome job on this the rope detailing is to die for love the color too xx
You just made me lol! Thanks, Chris!
My ears were burning! Ha! It’s gorgeous! And it’s amazing that the back was in good enough shape to paint it and finish it. Such a nice touch…Someone’s gonna be mighty to get this beauty in their home! 🙂
This is beautiful! I love the stained top and the rope trim. I am super impressed you were able to sand and refinish that trim. It looks awesome 🙂
This is so pretty…love the rope trim and curved drawers. The color is gorgeous with the stained top. Have a lovely weekend!
this is so nice! I love the rope trim. I might try and add it to one of my old desks. Thanks for the post.
What a beautiful piece! PInned!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!
This turned out amazing…beautiful!!
If there was ever a piece of furniture made more beautiful by painting, this one is it! Well worth all the work! Great job!
Thanks so much!
GORGEOUS! SUCH A PRETTY COLOUR, JUST LOVE THE TRANSFORMATION!
Thank you so much!
Beautiful! Your work is amazing. You have a way of bringing out the true beauty of a piece. In this case the rope trim makes the desk exceptional and memorable
A classic piece that is standing the test of time.
It is beautiful and you did a great job. I love the color too.
Thanks so much, Debbie!