I found this vintage desk at a local thrift store that I recently stumbled on, and their prices were great too. If you want to see me starting this desk makeover, or how I did the “broken” stencil technique, check out these videos.
Here are the products I used on this desk makeover achieve this look.
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- Desk (thrifted)
- White Lightning
- Silk Conch
- Silk Salt Water
- Moonshine Metallics Rozay
- Royal Damask stencil
- Mud Puddle
- No Pain Gel Stain Walnut & Picklin’ White
- Clear coat satin
- WoodUBend corner applique #2093
- Hardware (Hobby Lobby)
Soft Pink – Silk Conch
I wanted to use Silk All-in-One Mineral paint for this project because I just love how smooth it is. I considered some blues and a light yellow, but in my heart I was just feeling pink. So I chose Conch.
I filled the hardware holes and there were quite a few small repairs; I used plastic wood. Lately I’m finding it is the easiest and most durable product to use.
After sanding and cleaning, I painted two coats of Conch which offered perfect coverage. Since this piece had so many details, I turned it upside down to ensure I got all the nooks and crannies.
This type of paint dries in about an hour and can be re-coated in two hours.
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“Broken” Stencil Technique
Using the Royal Damask stencil and the La Petite brush, I stenciled on three colors around the sides and back of the desk. The colors were the base color Conch, Salt Water and a metallic called Rozay.
By the way, the Royal Damask stencil is a great investment. It’s my favorite, and I use it all the time.
Using one brush, I dip randomly into the colors (poured out onto a paper plate), and pounce onto the surface. Using three colors gives the stencil a faded, textured color variation that I just love. A perfectly filled in stencil with perfect lines just doesn’t give the same aged character.
I especially love including a metallic too because of the way it catches the light. The Gemstone mousses are great for this as well.
Blended Stained Top
I started out painting the top in Mud Puddle, thinking I was going to whitewash over it. That didn’t really work out the way I pictured it. So I turned to my gel stains.
With a blob each of Picklin’ White and Walnut on a paper plate, I dipped an applicator pad into both and wiped it across the top. I kept all my strokes in one direction, and the colors blended and streaked together on the top creating this effect.
Desk Makeover Finishing Details
I think these simple white porcelain knobs I found at Hobby Lobby are the perfect accent to the pink color.
But the front needed a little more interest, so I added a WoodUBend applique to the top drawer front. This was one piece that I cut into two to place on either side of the knob.
To adhere these appliques, you use wood glue and a hair dryer. Stick it on and set it with the hair dryer. I also highighted it with a little of the Rozay I incorporated with the stencil.
I have to give a shout out to my father-in-law for making me that wood slice you see in the photos from a tree up north. He made me a bunch, actually, including some birch ones. They will be great for staging my furniture!
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8 thoughts on “Sophisticated Soft Pink Vintage Desk”
Wow, I love the “after” so much better! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen
Glad you like it, Kathleen! xo, Shannon
Very pretty desk makeover and I love how you carried the stencil detail around the back. Such a lovely desk for a home office situated in the center of the room. Great idea!
Thanks, Marie! I love when the back is finished too; makes it so versatile. xo, Shannon
Wow! What a transformation! It’s so beautiful! You did an amazing job, Shannon! I wish I had the patience and the skillset to pull something like that off.
Thank you! For me, it doesn’t take patience; painting is like therapy. I know some people find it putzy though. xo, Shannon
Love your work! Thanks also for sharing that you still make mistakes!
Thanks, Susan! Sometimes I think the whole job of furniture painting is making mistakes and then fixing them! xo, Shannon