He found it on the side of the road at the end of June (way before I was talking about wanting a desk), and was going to fix it up for me for my birthday. But when I told him how much I wanted a desk, he gave it to me early! He took the icky brown finish off and took it down to the wood (I don't have a picture of what it looked like before). He even made room for it in our office/dining room!
I love the look of distressed furniture. My dining room table is white distressed, so I decided to do the same with my desk (because it is going to be in the same room).
What you need:
2" to 3" paint brush
A flat color paint to go on the bottom (I chose a yellow- "Honey Toast" by Olympic). This color will go on first
Old rag, for applying paste wax
A second paint to go on top (it needs to be mixed with glaze) I used "Betsy's Linen" by Valspar
Sandpaper, nothing too terribly harsh
Paint your first coat on the piece of furniture
Let it dry really well (24 hours)
You don't need to paint perfectly, or even do 2 coats. You want some wood showing through
Go over the whole piece with paste wax.
Let dry for 1 hour.
Paint with your second paint (the paint/glaze mix)
Let dry overnight, but not for a full 24 hours
Sand paper off some of the top paint to reveal bottom coat and wood. Do it in areas that would be worn down first- corners, edges, legs
Do see my yellow peaking through?
I didn't do a lot of distressing for 2 reasons:
1. Over time it will naturally distress some
2. I had a lot of spots where the wood showed through, so I didn't want to go overboard
I used these cute knobs from Anthropologie on my drawers
Ready for the big reveal?
I now want to distress every piece of furniture in our apartment... and my parents house... and anything else I can get my hands on! I still need to get a chair for it. Thats on my To Do list for next weekend.