Old School Desk Gets The Shabby Chic Treatment

Shabby Chic

Aug 10

Just occasionally we are asked to work on a piece of furniture that carries a bit of tenuous history to it. This sturdy desk was once at home in a school. Beyond that, is anyone’s guess. The desk certainly wasn’t much of a looker when it was acquired with the sole purpose of sprucing up with a shabby chic paint treatment.

Desk awaiting its shabby chic treatment

Desk before its shabby chic treatment

We sanded down all the wooden surfaces–pine–preparing them for paint.

With the work surface we were asked to do something a little bit different. We stripped down all the layers of peeling varnish revealing an attractive, if pitted, pine finish.

A pine finish it has to be said that still bore a few hallmarks of school use. Ink can be difficult to remove from shabby chic furniture.

Paint finish on the shabby-chic desk

Shabby chic desk after painting

The shabby chic paint of choice for the turned desk legs and the frame was Lulworth Blue from Farrow and Ball. It’s an attractive, vibrant colour that worked well with other interior finishes.

With the desk surface we applied a satin polyurethane finish that should prove hard wearing for most home office uses.
It’s certainly the case that a bit of shabby-chic inspiration saved the day for this particular old school desk.

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