Americana Navy Desk Makeover and Antique Chair


Americana navy desk makeover /



Hello  there! Hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend! Ours was filled with family, friends, and LOTS of great food, not to mention a pretty spectacular view and lots of laughs — my favorite way to spend a weekend in the PNW.  😀


As I’m slowly trying to get back into the swing of things (and out of beach mode), I thought I would share with you my most recent furniture makeover:



Americana navy desk makeover and antique chair /



This has to be my favorite desk makeover to date.  What can I say? I’m totally smitten with this desk. 😀  It wasn’t always so lovely though.  This is what it looked like when I brought it home from the thrift store:



Desk makeover in artissimo and antique chair /



It was in really bad shape. So bad in fact, that I almost didn’t bring it home — desks are hard work! — especially ones that are finished on all four sides like this desk. The chunky feet got to me though, and I knew if I could polish up the hardware, the desk would look AWE-SOME in navy.



Artissimo navy desk makeover and antique chair /



As you can see, the brass polished up really well, so navy it was.  😀



Artissimo navy desk makeover and antique chair /



The first thing I did was give the desk a really good cleaning with TSP Substitute, and a quick scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper. I went back and forth on whether to fill in the hardware holes and use knobs instead of the original pulls, but when I scored some antique chairs at an estate sale, I really liked how they paired with the desk. The original pulls, antique chair, and navy desk look very “Early American” to me, with an almost military quality. There is always room in my home for classic American made furniture! You can read how I revived the chair here.



Artissimo navy desk and antique chair makeover /



Lately, I’ve really been enjoying painting with milk paint, and I decided on MMS Artissimo for this project (with the bonding agent added to help control chipping.) If you’re looking for a great navy, I highly recommend giving this color a try. Because the drawers were in such rough shape, I painted their interiors with a SW semi-gloss latex paint. I’m thinking that this desk will probably end up with a youngish aged boy, and the latex paint will allow for easy clean up if accidents should happen. 😀 I then finished it off with two coats of hemp oil. FYI, I also painted up a little nightstand with Artissimo, but topped it off with dark wax, and it ended up being a really deep, almost black color.  (I’m pleased how that turned out, as well.) 😀



Artissimo navy desk and antique chair makeover /



What do you think? Are you a fan of the navy? The color reminds me of my first “real” car (i.e., I paid for it myself). It was a super sweet little Nissan Pulsar NX. The color was called “Cadet Blue”, which I think suits this little desk very well.


Hope you have an awesome week, and thanks for stopping by! Cynthia


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18 Responses

  1. Beautiful! I’m always amazed at how in different light Artissimo can look black or blue. It is one of my favorite colors from MMS.

  2. You did a beautiful job. Love the navy! I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button.

    • Cynthia

      Awwwww Judy, you just made my night! Thanks for the kind words and will do!

  3. Cynthia, it’s really lovely! You do such great work and that color is beautiful!
    Thank so very much for sharing at Something to Talk About!

    • Cynthia

      Thanks for your kind words, Karen, and for hosting such a pretty party each week!

  4. Oh, I love the blue you chose for the desk. Looks great! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  5. So classy!!!

  6. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Love the classic blue and gold combination! Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Cynthia

      Thanks, Sharon! What a nice comment to read with my morning coffee 😀 !

  7. Love the color blue you selected. You had such a wonderful vision of what the desk could be with some love and paint.

    • Thank you for your lovely comments, Debra — I truly appreciate it! Take care, Cynthia

  8. I LOVE what you did with the desk. It looks amazing! I have quickly realized Artissimo is one of my favorite colors. It makes furniture so rich and sophisticated. Well done. You turned that trash into treasure for sure!

  9. Love the color of your desk! Another beautiful makeover Cynthia! Thank you for sharing at Making Broken Beautiful! I hope you will pop by with more inspiration this week!

    • Well, I’ll be sure to now that I know I can link up windows! 😉 And thanks for your kind words! Cynthia

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