Did you see my post last week, the Vintage Lace Painted Name Sign? If not, you can check it out here. Remember I told you that vintage sign was the result of a test piece for another project? Well, I’m finally sharing it with you today. This is a very special project, and I had never used laced as a stencil before, so I wanted to make sure I had the technique down pat before starting this one. My niece, Hannah, who just turned 16 yesterday, needed a desk. She is very studious and needed a proper workstation since she spends a lot of time doing homework. That made this desk a perfect project for her birthday gift!
When I decided to get Hannah a desk for her birthday, I started looking around for a solid wood desk I could refinish for her. I thought that would make it and extra special gift. Since I had planned on investing money into the refinishing process, I was looking for a good deal. I was browsing around the Goodwill store one day when a lady saw me looking at a desk. She told me she had one at home just like it in her storage building that she wanted to get rid of, and would give it to me for free. Wow! I’m still amazed at this lady’s generosity and kindness to me. She lived a short drive from the store, and I followed her home and packed the desk into my car. Check out what it looked like when I brought it home.
The desk looked pretty good after cleaning, but after looking at it closely, I discovered it really needed some repair. The particle board had some water damage in places, so I decided to take it apart and replace it. I trashed the particle board pieces, cleaned up the metal frame, and my husband and I painted it a beautiful pink. Perfect for a Sweet 16 gift! The color we used was Krylon’s Spray Paint Gloss in Watermelon.
We purchased a couple of wood panels for the desk from Lowe’s. Miraculously, one was the exact size we needed and required no cutting. I love it when things work out like that! After trimming the bottom piece to size, my husband used a router to round the edges of the wood pieces.
After sanding he primed the wood for painting and spray painted it with a coat of flat white paint. Now on to the fun part. Let’s dress up this desk! I followed the same process as I did before and taped off the edges of the wood, laid a piece of lace on top and smoothed it out before spray painting it with the pink paint.
After I was done painting, I immediately removed the lace and painters tape. My husband helped me remove the lace since it was a large piece and I didn’t want to risk any smears. We both lifted it up slowly from opposite ends to reveal the beautiful pattern underneath.
What do you think of my lace painted desk? My niece was happy with the gift, and I’m sure she will put it to use very soon. I really hope you like this project as much as I do, because I couldn’t wait to share it with you. There’s only one thing missing from this desk…a chair…stay tuned and see what I came up with later this week!
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