I usually wait for a 50% off day at Salvation Army to buy furniture, but when I saw this desk I knew it wouldn’t still be around by the time there was a sale and I snatched it up for $24.99. Still not a bad price. The gold metal feet and unique legs had me sold.
All the drawers had a speedily-done contact paper job, but luckily they pulled right out.
STEP 1: PREP & SAND
Remove drawers and hardware.
You can use chalk paint if you want to skip the priming and sanding part. The downside to chalk paint is the finish. I wanted a slightly more glossy finish than chalk paint gives for this desk. Chalk paint + a more glossy top coat is another option. I sanded the entire thing with an orbital sander and 120 sandpaper. Follow that up with a 220 to get it even more smooth. You don’t have to sand all the gloss off; just take a couple minutes to go over the entire thing and scuff it up.
My orbital Rigid sander has gotten me through sanding 2 full sets of kitchen cabinets, 6 sets of bathroom cabinets and dozens and dozens of furniture projects. I love it.
Tape wherever you don’t want paint to get.
STEP 2: PRIME
I grabbed this primer at Lowe’s on the recommendation of an employee and I have loved it. Keys to a great primer are “stainblocking” and “bonding.” The only thing I didn’t love was that it was around $30.
For everything I paint I use the “brush & roll” method. If you need more detail on this, check out my accent table tutorial.
Set your furniture on top of some scrap wood so you can paint the base or feet.
In between coats, put the brush and roller in a plastic bag and put it in the fridge to keep them from drying out.
STEP 3: PAINT HARDWARE
While waiting for your piece to dry between coats you can spray paint all the hardware. I used Rustoleum gold hammered spray paint for the hardware on this desk.
Make sure when you spray you are about 12 inches from whatever you’re spraying and move your hand side to side as you spray so you don’t get drips. 2 light coats are better than 1 thick coat.
There were cylindrical metal coverings on the feet of this desk. They were removable, but I couldn’t get this one off so I set up a shield so the spray paint wouldn’t get anywhere else.
You can tape off the legs, set up a shield and spray paint the feet if you want the gold-dipped look.
STEP 4: 2 COATS OF PAINT
Sherwin Williams “Creamy” in satin. This paint isn’t very glossy, which is good for a farmhouse piece, but for this glam-style desk I wish I would’ve gone with a higher gloss like Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.
STEP 5: PROTECTIVE COAT
You can use whatever the protective coat of your choice is. I used Rustoleum protective enamel. I’ve loved using this instead of trying to make sure I don’t get any bubbles when I apply a coat of poly. I sprayed this on the hardware as well to help protect it from chipping.
STEP 6: ATTACH HARDWARE
You can find L-shaped brackets at the hardware store for a few bucks.
Have you done a similar project or added hardware to furniture? Share your pictures in the comments! Do you have any other painting tips to share? Comment:)