Last summer I brought this desk home from a garage sale.
I loved the chunky knobs, and at just $5, the price was definitely right.
After my handyman Ken made some repairs to it, I painted it with Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and added a grain sack style stripe in their Yankee Blue. You can see all of those details in my original post about the desk.
Unfortunately, here it is January and I still have this desk in inventory. For whatever reason, I have not had any luck selling this piece. Well, then again, I have to admit I’ve been a little slack about promoting it. I took my remaining Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist ads down before I went on my trip back in early November, and I never re-posted this one. So that could have something to do with it.
Never the less, I decided it was time for a do-over.
I started out by sanding down the grain sack stripes and painting over them with more of the Dixie Belle Drop Cloth. Then I pulled out one of the new Prima Marketing re.design transfers called Passion Flower.
Isn’t that just gorgeous? All of those vibrant colors! This boho style is a bit outside of my normal comfort zone, but I’m hoping it will add that little bit of something special to this desk and help it find a new home.
Now before you get all excited and rush out to try and find this one somewhere, this is a sneak peek at one of the brand new designs coming out soon from Prima. So it’s not available quite yet. I’ll try to remember to give you guys an update when it becomes available. But for now, this is just a tease.
I definitely wanted to use the entire transfer on this desk with the oval ‘free spirit’ portion on the top.
But I wasn’t quite sure at first how to make the other section of the transfer work with this desk. Then I realized that it would look pretty fab if I just wrapped it around one corner giving the desk a more asymmetrical look.
If you’re wondering about the logistics of actually applying the transfer, here’s how I did it. I started by removing the knobs from the drawers. Then with the drawers back in place I figured out the placement I wanted and taped the transfer in place over the front of the desk. I used a razor blade to trim the transfer around each of the drawer fronts, then pulled each one out individually and applied that section of the transfer. Next, with the drawers still out, I applied the sections of the transfer that went between the drawers.
Once that was completed, I lined up the transfer around the side of the desk and applied that part.
It took a little patience to do this, and my results are not 100% perfect. I don’t think anyone would notice unless they were seriously scrutinizing the details though.
Applying the transfer on the top was much simpler.
Once that was done, I added two coats of The Real Milk Paint Co’s Finishing Cream in Dead Flat to the top of the desk. Since this is a desk, and it’s white, I thought it wise to have a very durable and washable surface on the top. The rest of the desk was already finished with Dixie Belle’s Clear Matte Spray Wax so I freshened that up with another coat of the spray wax.
At first I was completely at a loss as to how to stage this piece for photos. I think we can all agree that my usual look is more vintage, farmhouse, neutral, or sometimes even more mid-century. I don’t have very many boho style props … or more accurately, I don’t have any boho style props.
But as I was studying the desk with its new transfer, it reminded me quite a bit of a little gift my sister and niece brought over for me while I was sick.
Yep, it’s a grown up coloring book. It was the perfect thing for me. It allowed me to be creative without having to think about it too hard, nor did it require too much physical effort. I colored quite a few of the pages while I was laid up on the sofa watching Outlander.
I added a couple of my favorite blue pitchers, a pretty plant and an old swing set seat turned into a magnet board and that was all it took to style this desk.
The Dixie Belle Yankee Blue that I originally used inside the drawers still works beautifully with the transfer …
as does the Yankee Blue chair …
Now, all that remains is to see if this version of the desk sells better than the last!
Hopefully there is a free spirit out there somewhere who needs a desk!
Thank you to Dixie Belle for supplying the paint and spray wax for this project, Prima Marketing for supplying the transfer and The Real Milk Paint Co for supplying the Finishing Cream.
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing transfers check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
You can also order The Real Milk Paint Co’s Finishing Cream online here.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a free spirited desk, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.