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Mid-Century Desk Makeover Magic

This mid-century desk was a $10.00 cast-off at the local thrift shop. A stylish makeover makes it the perfect modern vanity.

This vintage desk was way too hip for the landfill. With the Wagner Home Decor Sprayer, the transformation is simple and striking.

Mid century desk before painting

Step 1:

First, we sanded the desk and applied a glossy black latex to the base. The shine really shows off the graphic quality of the drawer fronts.

Adding saltwash to a sprayer

Step 2:

Wanting to create a contrast for the top of the desk and add a modern appeal, we decided that a dusty faux soapstone surface would be the perfect compliment. Mix 2 cups of flat black latex paint with 2 cups of Saltwash additive. Add 3 tablespoons of water and mix thoroughly. Cover the bottom portion of the desk with masking tape and paper.

Spraying Desk with Home Decor Sprayer

Dusty faux soapstone finish

Step 3:

Spray the desk top liberally and let dry. The saltwash medium will rise up through the paint and dry. Sand lightly with #0000 steel wool. For ultimate protection, cover the top with clear glass. Dust surface lightly only and place drinking glasses on coasters. We created a faux black lacquer look with a glossy black paint applied with the Home Decor sprayer. Lacquer is known for a high sheen and no brush marks, which makes this treatment spot on.

Mid Century Desk turned vanity

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