My neighbor, nnK, has been busy dumpster diving for me again. This time she came home with a old school desk and an industrial stainless steel cart. You’ll have to wait to see the cart, but I finished up the desk this week. Here is what it looked like when she brought it over.
I had to laugh when I saw that it was literally labeled as “trash.”
The desk has a metal base with a formica top and is the perfect job for Fusion paint. I knew it would stick to both of these surfaces. Initially I was going to paint all of it, the base and the top. But as I started working on it, I decided I liked the patina on the base, and if I could find the right color scheme for the top, it could work as is. I hate to cover up a good genuine aged patina.
The inside of the base was another story though. It was kind of disgusting, so I opted to paint that with one of Fusion’s new colors from their Michael Penney collection, Seaside. These colors will be available for a limited time, so if you love it, you’d better get it now. The Seaside is very similar to Annie Sloan’s Aubusson. As a matter of fact, I was painting a dresser in Aubusson at the same time I was working on this piece and they were practically indistinguishable (you’ll see that dresser next week).
Now that the inside is painted, you can feel comfortable tucking your favorite books inside without them getting grungy.
As for the top, I knew right away that I wanted to do another Union Jack. I could have done it in the traditional red, white and blue (and Fusion does have an awesome navy and red), but I wanted to change it up a bit. I started with a base of Seaside. Then I taped off the lines for my Union Jack and painted the next layer in Fusion’s Champlain, which is a shade of white with a tiny hint of grey in it.
You may be noticing at this point that I forgot the diagonal lines. Ooops. Drat. I had to wait for this to dry and then go back and add them. I’ll note here that I let each layer of color dry for about 24 hours before moving on to taping the next one. As a result, my tape came off very cleanly and didn’t remove any paint with it.
The final layer of my Union Jack was painted in Fusion’s Bedford, which is a nice warm greige. And voila!
Once the top was dry I sanded it with a fine sanding block. That removed some ridges of paint that had developed around the tape lines and left a nice smooth finish.
One could use this desk as a desk, although it is rather small if you like to spread out. I think it would be more fun to re-purpose it as a bedside table. Or use it next to your sofa, or in your foyer as a place to drop your keys and mail as you walk in the door.
I am rather in love with this desk now. After all, who doesn’t love Jack?
Please note that I have not been compensated by Fusion for this post, but they did send me some free samples of their paint to try out with no obligation which was awfully nice of them.