Sunday, April 10, 2011

Goodwill Outlet - Reject, Part II

I Beat the Beast! 
 If you remember on Friday, I was fighting the "Outlet Beast" aka an antique desk.  I had sanded and primed before attempting to paint it a nice creamy white.  However, something kept bleeding through the paint.

So after three coats of creamy white and my frustration levels becoming increasing more noticeable to anybody walking past my garage, I decided it was time to change plans.  It was time for a darker color or this thing would be going back to the Goodwill.  I looked around my garage to see what colors I had on hand and decided on a blue/gray color from Sherwin Williams called "Refuge".  This would not have been my first choice, but the only other options were green (my favorite color) or red but, I didn't think it would appeal to as many people.  I would have to say, I am REALLY glad this little "Beast" decided to be so contrary.  It forced me to go outside of my comfort zone and I am THRILLED with the end result.  So much, I plan to paint a few more things with this color and if I would have had the space for it, I would have kept in myself.  Dang it!  I really need to not be so attached to my things in my home currently and I might have found space for it!  Oh well!  My loss, someone Else's gain. So here is the end result!

So you are asking yourself, "I thought she said she used a blue/gray?"  Well I did!  But I also dry brushed the original creamy white over the top to tone it down a bit.  Here it is before I did this.
Way TOO blue for my taste.  So once I dry brushed the creamy white, I then antiqued it, distressed it and sealed it with wax!  Thank you Miss Mustard Seed for your suggestions on this. It is labor intensive, but SO WORTH the effort.  It gives it the prettiest soft gloss that you just don't get with poly.  I'm pretty sure I will be putting away the poly for a while.  However, I now know why Mr. Miyagi  had Ralph Macchio doing "wax on, wax off"....OH my aching arm and shoulder.

Today!  I bought a buffer and can't wait to try this bad boy out! 
Here are a few up close pics so you can see the detail of the antiquing and distressing. 

OH...I almost forgot to mention (not like you can't see it in the picture), but we decided to stain the top red mahogany.  The wood on this piece was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.  Once we sanded it back, and I saw how pretty it was, I really had a hard time painting over it.  So we decided to salvage some of that beauty and leave the top unpainted!  I love the result!  What do you think?

Well we moved it to the booth today, almost sold it before we could even get it in the door, but the lady said she would have bought it if only she had a place for it. That seemed to be my issue as well. I think it looks really good! If only I could do something about those mustard colored walls, but I can't so... we endure.  Hopefully someone will have a special place for it and get to enjoy it for me.

Thank you for those of you that rejected this little diamond in the rough 
and caused it to end up at the Goodwill Outlet.

My next post, "Grandma called and she wants her gold back".  
I'll give you a relates to something on the wall above the desk!  
Ciao for now!  
Wishing you a happy Monday!  
Good Night!


  1. this is stunning and absolutely gorgeous! I saved all the paint names and the way you did this piece and hopefully I might have the same luck! Thank you so much for giving the tutorial on this and the name of the original blue/gray paint, that always helps a person out!

  2. THat is beautifil!! I love the white drybrushing over the top, especially on all the details. Well done! Come on over and visit my blog if you'd like!

    Julie ~


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