I love painted furniture pieces, and I also love coming up with new, creative and fun ways to add texture and patina to a piece. My friend Paula came up with this idea and when I saw her painted furniture piece I nearly fell off my chair. Seriously!
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This is not a cool or pretty desk, it was found at a resale shop. We have many of those around here. When I spotted it my first thought was, this would make a cool table to create a faux farmhouse table. But I actually found a table that worked better for a faux farm table. You can read about that HERE.
So, then I thought why not use this as a desk since it is a desk, duh! This was pretty cheap at $25.00. So this technique didn’t come to me right away, this desk sat for awhile, a alone. Well not really all alone. It sat with piles of crap on it. Well not real crap, excuse my potty mouth, it’s menopause, trust me! It had piles of….stuff on it. Then I saw my friend Paula’s video tutorial on how to create a fun texture on a table top. I knew at that moment what I was going to do to this table.
I think it’s time I start explaining this technique.
- Venetian texture medium (Heirloom Traditions Paint)
- Chalk paint
- Plastic plaster spatula
- Dark or clear wax
- Aqua clear
- White cotton rags (or old white cotton t-shirts)
Hold the breaks, before I go any further with this painted furniture technique let me explain what I did to this table to prep it. I needed to base coat this piece. But as I started painting it, I started to get a bleed through. If you’re wondering what a bleed through is here’s a photo.
See how it looks like a faint water stain? That’s bleed through or the “technical” word is tannin. That’s when a paint can have a reaction on painted furniture or a piece that has varnish . It’s a funky thing that can happen when paint and varnish can’t mesh, and the result is a splotch. Sounds like I just described a bad relationship. But sadly it’s true these two just can’t get along. No worries, no need to panic. When this happens stop painting, put your brush down, sit in the corner and cry. No, I’m just kidding. But you should stop painting, because if you keep painting you won’t stop the bleed through. It will keep on keeping on. Seriously you can paint that piece until the cows come home and it won’t matter, that stain will keep on showing up.
Here’s what do you. Get Heirloom Traditions Primer. Apply this on your entire piece, yes, even the part that was already painted. Let it dry, you may need to do another coat. Then once it’s dry you can apply your paint. This stuff works miracles because those stains will disappear, like they never happened. Hmmm, now if I could only use this in other areas in my life, oh..was I speaking out loud, sorry, pay no attention to what I just said.
I have another solution, you can use shellac as it will do the same thing, but it’s really, really stinky stuff. Like, you’ll need to take your piece outdoors to be in a well ventilated area. And don’t even read the container, you don’t want to even know.
I sort of got off track. But it was necessary to explain, in case that happens.
Once the primer has been applied (if needed) and your piece is fully dry (after adding a coat or two of paint) , we’re ready to go on the the fun part, applying the texture medium.
Because it would have been a challenge taking photos while working on the project. Can you picture me trying to apply this and take photos? Uh-uh ain’t gonna happen. So instead I decided to create a short video sharing step by step how I created this look on this piece of painted furniture. But I will share a few deets with you . I wanted to give this piece a fun texture, so I used Venetian texture medium. This is the same fun stuff that I used in my kitchen faux brick stencil. You can read about that HERE.
To use this Venetian Texture medium, you will add the powder to any color paint you’d like to use. But this only works with chalk paint, and I would say specifically Heirloom Traditions paint, since I haven’t used it with any other paint or brand. Follow the directions on the package. But I’m going to be honest, I never read directions. Yeah I’m one of those people, and it’s why they put warning labels on stuff. But really, don’t worry you won’t mess up.
I decided to use Chippy Blue and White Lace, from my signature paint color line. This mixture should be the consistency of pudding. If it’s too thick, add a little water. Next, it’s time to apply the Venetian texture medium to our desk. Using a wide spackle tool, spread the Venetian texture medium mixture on to the desk. You want to make sure your spatula is flat as you are applying it. Work fast because this stuff dries fast. It will slowly get thicker and thicker.
Keep working on your piece and spread it out evenly. Make sure you don’t have drips off the side, if you do make sure to wipe it off before it dries. Let this sit for at least 45 minutes or until it’s dry. As this was drying I started to paint my legs and sides of the desk using White Lace. Once this was dry, I mixed Dark Liquid Patina and Aqua Clear Matte. The reason I decided to try mixing these, is that I wanted a glazed look, I didn’t want it too dark. This is not how the product is supposed to be used, but I am a mad scientist when it comes to painting. And I am never afraid to experiment.
(If you are not sure of the outcome, I would suggest practicing on a garage sale find before using this technique on your piece. See disclosure policy)
Once I applied the glaze on my piece, (I started with a leg), I took a cut up t-shirt and wiped it off. After this step was completed on the legs and the sides, I did the same thing on the top of the desk. make sure to stir well, and apply with a brush. And here super cool resale shop painted furniture piece, what do you think?
I love that the fabric on the chair goes so well with the desk, as the chair paint color does too. This chair is part of my dining room set, but I think the chair works well with this desk.
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Are you ready to give this technique a try? If you do let me know 🙂
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Gorgeous! You have wonderful taste!
Thank you so much Kim!
I have to say the beginning caught my attention, as I have been feeling I need to go back to doing a schedule for each week. And adjusting as needed. Like when I was the homeschool mom of 7. And I used a book to help me be more scheduled, even on days when my dad stopped over for an unexpected visit, or we need to get into the drs that day. (I dont remember the name but it was somethinh like M.O.T.H…or something)
I would love to hear more about how your scheduling days are going.
I will share more on scheduling Deb. It’s making me accountable for my time used throughout the day. Instead of wasting it.
I love love love it, Anne! It’s gorgeous! What an amazing transformation! The patina looks like something from a French chateau or something! Wow……beautiful job, girlie! 🙂
Thanks so much Laurie!
omigosh – so beautiful!!!! Love this!
Thanks so much Anne!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage says
Very pretty Anne. Love the color.
Thank you Kris 🙂
Marlene Stephenson says
This is a really great idea Anne and i love the look.
Thanks so much Marlene!
I sure do love your new/old desk, so pretty and the chair goes with it perfectly. Great job Anne. Like your new photo, look really pretty, and love your hair.
You have a talent for making things just right. Love all you do.
As for the scheduling part, wish I could stick with a schedule. I seem to be too spontaneous to stick with one. I might plan to do something but then my head tells me I need to do something else or do it differently and I go for it. I get things done just not when I plan to. Drives my hubs crazy but oh well he ought to be used to me after 46 1/2 yrs. ya think? Take spontaneity out of me and it’s not me anymore. I get really cranky when somebody tries to change me and at this point in life go ahead see if you can, lol. Happy rest of week
Thank you JaneEllen! Yes, sticking to a schedule can be tricky, and I won’t be sticking to it hour by hour. I know things will happen to throw me off. But it keeps me accountable for my time. Oh yeah, you have to do what works for you 🙂
Maureen the budget queen says
Hi Anne, love this look on this desk. I love the soft blue top it is so pretty. I have an old desk I transformed into a vanity and painted with chalk paint in cream and mocha on the desk top. I bought filigree wooden unfinished small picture frames and painted them mocha and centered around the new pewter knobs. I used a walnut gel stain around the edges of the drawers and sides to give it an antique finish. I was really pleased with it. But lately I have been thinking the rest of the room has aqua accents I should paint it aqua. Your desk is a true inspiration to me. Wish I could start today alas, too much going on I will have to “schedule” it when school starts and I have more freedom!!!
Maureen, your desk sounds so beautiful! I love the colors you described! Ah yes, I too have a little more freedom when school starts. Although she is a teen and doesn’t need my attention she once did. But she still enjoys spending time with me 🙂