Giving an Old Desk a Modern Makeover with OFMP

Disclosure:  The product used in this furniture makeover was provided by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.  But please know that all thoughts, opinions and love of milk paint are wholly my own. 😀 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh modern makeover with Tavern Green OFMP and white wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

Hello friends!  As you may recall, I’m a part of a whole team of bloggers who share projects completed with Old Fashioned Milk Paint.   For my first couple of projects: antique serpentine dresser, antique gateleg tablehand lettered stool, I tried to bring the pieces back to their former glory.   It’s now time to show you how you can use milk paint to give a piece a fresh modern look.   I’m so excited to share this project with you today.  Mostly because painting with milk paint is so easy and so much fun!

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh modern makeover with Tavern Green OFMP and Maison blanche lime wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

This desk was from a charity garage sale held last May.  It was only priced at $20 and NO ONE bought it! (I would have, but my triage garage was full.)   Well, come September, look what showed up in my garage! The homeowner (who happens to be a good friend) had faith that I could give it a new look in the hopes that someone would want it.

 

 

An old desk is given a fresh makeover with OFMP Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Tavern Green / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

Sure it needed a little work, but nothing that a good cleaning, a little glue and clamps wouldn’t fix.  Another perk of this desk is that it’s finished on all four sides so it can be floated in a room.  It doesn’t necessarily have to placed against a wall.  😀

 

 

An old desk is given a fresh modern makeover with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Tavern Green / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

I’ve seen some beautiful pieces of furniture painted with Tavern Green, and that’s the color I chose for this little desk.    Even after a very quick scuff sanding, the desk was still rather shiny so I chose to add Extra Bond to my paint.    Besides helping the paint adhere to a surface, the Extra Bond will help control chipping, which I wanted to avoid for this piece.

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh modern makeover with OFMP in Tavern Green / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

FYI:  For tables and desks, I find it easier to paint if I first flip them over onto a table top, and paint them upside down. Then for the second coat, I paint them right side up.

 

Two coats of the Tavern Green was all that was necessary for complete coverage.  While the color was gorgeous, I was worried there was too much contrast between the white enamel chair and white hardware I planned on using.  I thought a coat of Maison Blanche White Chalk Wax would be stunning.  (Because I wanted the white wax to be subtle, I first gave the desk a coat of Daddy Van’s Beeswax Finish.  [LOVE it’s lavender scent!]   And after waiting the appropriate time, I then applied the white wax.)

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh makeover with OFMP in Tavern Green and White Chalk Wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

In the photo above, the white wax had been applied to the trim, but not the front of the desk leg.   In the photo below you can more visibly see where the white wax has been applied:

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh makeover with OFMP in Tavern Green and white chalk wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

My favorite way to apply wax is to put a glob on a paper plate and use a staining pad for application.  And I always wear plastic gloves.  Here’s a phone pic where all of the desk has been white waxed:

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh modern makeover with Tavern Green OFMP and white wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

It has been raining … and raining … and raining in Seattle, and I’m just not able to get a decent photograph of just how stinkin’ cute this desk is!!

 

 

An old brown desk is updated with Tavern Green OFMP, white wax and new hardware / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

 

An old brown desk was given a fresh modern makeover with Tavern Green Old Fashioned Milk Paint and White Lime Wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

All of the drawers have been lined with black and white toile paper, and the middle desk drawer has new black and white polka dot knobs to match the desk chair.  Did you know that milk paint can also be used as a stain? Yes, it can!  I also gave the inside sides of the drawers one coat of paint, which acted just like a stain to the bare wood.

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh makeover with Tavern Green OFMP, white wax and new hardware / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

Apologies I can’t find a before of the chair, but it was a garage sale blonde / rattan find.   I sprayed it with white gloss enamel, added batting to the rattan seat, and covered it with this sweet fabric:

 

 

A blonde wood rattan desk chair is updated with white gloss enamel paint and polka dot fabric / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

If you’re local to the Seattle area, this desk is available for purchase.    And the best thing is, I’ll be donating half of the proceeds of this sale to the Woodinville High School Relay for Life team in support of cancer research.   Details can be found on my “For Sale” page.   And as always, if you have any questions regarding painting with milk paint, I’m happy to assist in any way I can.   😀  Take care, Cynthia

 

 

An old brown desk is given a fresh makeover with Tavern Green Old Fashioned Milk Paint and white wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

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An old brown desk is given a fresh modern makeover with Tavern Green OFMP and white wax / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

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25 Responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love the contrast of the black and white knobs, chair pad and drawer liner! You have given me a great idea for my old desk!! Thank you

    • Thank you, Carol. I think the contrast helps give it a more modern look … as well as the green color. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  2. Ooooh, how lovely! Looks so nice with the pretty black & white knobs and pretty paper and works so well with the chair upholstery. Pinned to share 🙂

    • Thanks, Marie! If you haven’t tried Tavern Green yet, you should. It is much prettier in person. I think you’d like it. Take care, Cynthia

  3. Ahhhhhhhdorable! I’m such a Tavern Green junkie so you had me hooked from the git go. But I do love, love, love the white wax over the green. It creates a great depth of field. Just a totally great makeover. Big smiles 🙂 🙂 ….. Susie from Chelsea Project

    • Awwww, thanks Susie! It’s been so dark and rainy here, I really couldn’t get a picture that does it justice. If it doesn’t sell right away, I’ll definitely have a round two with my camera when the sun comes out. Can’t wait to see your project! Take care, Cynthia

  4. This is a great before and after. The green along with the accents of black & white are just perfect together!

    • Thank you, Angie. I was having a hard time capturing the pigment variation of the desk. It’s really so much better in person. Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  5. Wow, what a little paint can do and some touches here and there! You really gave this desk a new life with this beautiful makeover! I love that green and the handles in white and pulls are perfect for it!

    • Thank you, Katrin! It’s actually so much prettier in person. I’m still working on my photography skills, as if you didn’t know 😉 Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  6. I like the green color. You did a nice job on this makeover! The white chair complements nicely.

    • Thank you so much, Carol “Mimi”! I work with a lot of paint, but true milk paint is my favorite. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  7. You are a painting machine! Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  8. The desk has lovely details and you really enhanced them with the color of selected and the white wax. It looks great.

    • Thank you, Debra! Tavern Green is a gorgeous color … on it’s own, with white wax and with dark wax. Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Cynthia

  9. Nice makeover !!! Love the color you chose to paint the desk so muchhhh !!! So vintage and tender !
    Gonna save it to try with my old desk for sure haha
    Thanks for sharing your project Cynthia, happy holiday !

    • Thanks for the kind words, Minnie! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well. Take care, Cynthia

  10. I love your makeover, you gave the desk a new life, great project, Cynthia. I am happy to hear what you did for supporting cancer research. Good job.

  11. Beautiful job Cynthia! I just love that green colour. So pretty… and so Christmas-y looking 😉

    • Thank you, Lisa! I happen to love the green, but I was worried it would be a hard sell. Not the case…I’m thrilled that a young student will be putting it to daily use, and the Relay for Life Team will have a nice donation 😀 Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  12. I really like the milk paint finish! The color is so refreshing and really brought the old desk up into the 21st century. Thanks for the tip about flipping the piece upside down for the first coat of paint. I’ll do that in the future.

    • Thanks for your sweet comments, Mimi! And as for the upside down tip, it’s great for chairs and tables, as well. Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

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