I have been talking about my vintage desk for ages; I was desperate to get my own little workspace. Somewhere I could store my things, my very own creative space. Just for me, with no football, homework and all those other distractions that put me off working.
I had been looking for ages when I spotted this vintage desk on eBay and it was perfect exactly what I wanted. I was lucky enough to win with my bid and had the bureau sat in my lounge within a week. It was like fate because within a week I had made the decision that I would be working from home a little more in the future.
I had spent some time scouring Pinterest for images of vintage inspired desks and had finally decided exactly how I wanted my desk to look. I decided on a vintage cream distressed exterior to match the rest of the furniture in our lounge, my only dilemma here was how to tie all the pieces in together.
For the interior I wanted a super girly, feminine space so decided on duck egg blue and a vintage floral pattern.
We started by sanding the whole cabinet to remove the veneer and make the surfaces porous. A wood base coat was then applied before applying 2 coats of chalk paint. I was a little concerned at first it looked so patchy. But I soon found that the key to chalk paint is the wax finish.
Before applying the final wax we sanded areas to create the distressed effect I wanted to achieve, and then waxed. After two coats I was thrilled with the final result, the wax seems to lift the paint and its appearance.
We finished the desk with Trinca Ferro ceramic door knobs. I think this was the biggest decision I had to make for the whole project. Trinca Ferro offer a huge selection of absolutely gorgeous door knobs, in fact I was so torn I chose a mix of 3 and used them on the existing furniture in my lounge too, thus tying all the pieces together.
And lastly I chose a vintage floral oilcloth to decorate and finish the inside of my desk. The bright but delicate floral gives it such a light, bright and summery feel.
I am absolutely thrilled with my vintage desk, and I actually feel so much more focused when working, rather than working in the kitchen or on the sofa where it is not as comfortable but much easier to get distracted. I love the fact that I have my own little oasis that no one in the house will commandeer as it is girly and pretty.