05 Feb Antique Desk gets Checkerboard Look using Faux Real Mineral Paints Carbone & Bella
Cathy and I grew up in a humble bungalow built by our Great Grandfather. The entire top floor of the house was a large open space. The hardwood floors were polished to perfection so of course we had to slide across the floor in our socks ~ didn’t take much to entertain us back then, I guess some things never change.
One of the things we shared in that room was an old desk like the one pictured below. Ours had a sheet of glass carved and beveled to follow the shape of the top. It was a great place to display pictures of friends…
This is the only “before” picture of the desk I could find…
We cleaned it up then Cathy gave it a base coat of Faux Real’s Carbone
It looked gorgeous in this color but you know us, we had to layer another color over it to Shizzle it up a bit. For the life of me, I can’t find the pictures I took at this stage. It was just after my cancer diagnosis last summer and everything from that point on seems to be a blur.
Cath painted over the Carbone with Faux Real’s Bella, a rich creamy white and sat it aside for me to finish when I returned. I spent the next four months having countless scans, major surgery to remove the cancer and most of my humerus bone in my right arm. Yes, I’m right-handed. They rebuilt my arm with bone cement, a large metal rod and plenty of screw.
Cathy asked me to do the distressing and funk up the drawers a bit and this is what happened next 🙂
I’m not sure what possessed me to do it but I thought it was kind of cool. You never know though when you set something that’s more taste specific how long it will take to sell so I was taking a chance but…
The top of the desk had a lot of neat texture which I played up by mixing several metallic mica powders into glaze. I then layered it again with even more mica powders mixed in with the dark wax. My personal favorites are Old Town Paints Smoke & Bronze followed by APC’s Pewter, Copper and Black.
I love that crackled weathered-leather look!
The desk found a new owner immediately.
The chair was still there tonight when I brought in a charming shabby chic bow front dresser and super cool re-purposed wine bar. I can’t wait to share those two projects with you! For a sneak peek, visit our Facebook Page here.
A hui hou ~ Shelly
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