I must admit- I am in love with the sleek lines on this desk. Nothing fancy; just smooth and symmetrical. It makes me happy.
This was another custom painted piece. It started out like this:
Now, I'm not exactly sure what this desk is made out of. I had assumed wood... until I took it outside to start sanding it. POWDER flew off EVERYWHERE! Seriously, it looked like I poured a bag of powdered sugar all over the place. And really, the desk didn't look any different. It anyone cares to venture a guess as to the material, I'd love to hear it.
So after my quite unsuccessful attempt to strip it, I painted over it. I used my very favorite light gray that was left in the utility room by the previous homeowners and covered the whole desk. I knew I wanted to distress the edges eventually, but also that there was nothing really to distress down to. No wood, no dark undercoat, nothing! So I brushed some dark gray paint over the edges. Then I applied another coat of light gray completely covering the dark places. I dry brushed some white over the whole thing, and then I sanded the edges just enough for the top coat to rub off enough to reveal to dark paint underneath. I touched up just a little with some more dark gray. After that, I sealed it with polycrylic to give it just a bit of sheen.
Oh! I also replaced the knobs on the two drawers. They were a dark bronze that did not match the new paint at all. I found some really sweet crystal knobs at Hobby Lobby, and they really gave the desk its finishing touch!
As much as I love creating pieces of my own, I really love doing custom pieces for specific people. It is such a joy to create something for someone. Hopefully I can keep doing it!