It took me awhile to decide on paint color. I envisioned my art room to be romantic, with french antique touches, but extremely fun. I was grocery shopping one day at Walmart and fell in love with "Peacock Blue" by Glidden. I bought a quart of it for $13.00. Score! And guess what? It was paint and primer in one! Double Score!
I then took a detour to Lowes and found this: Paintable Wall Paper by Allen + Roth. I thought, "I could use this!" Here's how:
First, I measured the drawer faces and cut out the sizes and glued them on. Just follow the instructions. You'll need a bucket of water and a lot of patience for this project.
Then I did the same thing to the back of the desk. Again... be patient. I promise it's sooo worth it!
Then I painted it. Oh and a word to the wise, unless you're going to eventually paint your garage floor with some epoxy paint, lay some newspapers down underneath whatever you're painting or you'll end up with a lot of squares and paint splatters all over. I painted two coats and let it dry over night.
I wanted to make the wallpaper design pop so I decided to use Gemini Van Dyke Brown glaze. I used this to antique the wall panels in our guest bathroom over white paint. Here's how to antique a piece of furniture:
First, apply the glaze with a rag you will never use again (you do not want to try to wash these in your washing machine) to a section of the furniture. Oh and make sure you use Nitrile Gloves! The glaze will eat or soak through anything else. Let it sit for a minute or two and then wipe off. Continue to do this until you glaze the entire thing. For the top and sides, I wanted it to look like there was woodgrain showing through. Since the top was laminate, I couldn't achieve that naturally, so I faked it! When I was wiping off the glaze, I bunched up the rag into a ball in my hand and dragged it all the way across until I got the result I was looking for. Let this dry over night.
Here's what it looked like right after I finished with the glaze. Glaze dulls the paint down a bit, so applied a thin coat of Polyurethane Indoor Gloss over the finish. I prefer the Rust-oleum brand, it's cheaper and works just as well as the more expensive stuff! Please apply the gloss with care, because it dries very quickly!
I replaced the drawer pull with some singles I found at Lowes for less than a $1.00 a piece. And... Ta-daa! All finished!
I must say, I am extremely pleased with how this piece turned out. I love the detail that the wall paper added to it and the touch of fun the color brings to the room. I already had the glaze and gloss, got the desk for free (I love you, Angie!), so this project cost me about $40. Can't beat that!
Here's a quick look at my next post:
I can't sit at my fabulous desk without an equally fabulous chair! See how I transformed this antique gothic looking chair to fit my style.