This stenciled desk went from a piece of trash to a true treasure. Proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a space that you love!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this with you. This has been a LONG project, and one of my most exciting projects EVER!
The story of my stenciled desk makeover:
Back in September, I got this desk for FREE. Yes, free. FreeCycle is very good to me. You HAVE to check out your local chapter online! I got it from a lady who said it was from her niece’s second divorce. OK. Well, it found a forever home at my house. I was so excited in the beginning, and we took the hardware off, sanded, and primed the drawers.
Dang it. I swear it is gray. You just really can’t tell…it is SO close to white! My original idea was to paint the desk a light muted gray, and then to stencil in white on top. Well, that couldn’t happen with this color. SO, I went to plan B. I figured I could reverse the colors, even though I wasn’t too excited about it. But I just poured some paint in a bowl, and mixed some leftover black paint in with it until I got the right gray color.
Then, I took out my stencil that I WON from Cutting Edge Stencils Woohoo! My first experience with them…and it totally won’t be my last. They were awesome! The stencil designs are beautiful, they’re well-made, come with great clear instructions, and they are so professional! So, I started stenciling:
OK, so this was my first big stencil ever. I definitely made some mistakes when I got too impatient. Because it took a LONG time. And I’m a very impatient crafter. The easy part was the top of the desk. Where I really got frustrated was when I tried to “wrap” the stencil down the desk and around the sides. Not fun. So I ended up free-handing some of the painting in the middle and the grooves, and you can’t even tell! Yay! I used almost the full stencil on the top/right hand side of the desk, and then used a smaller branch from the stencil on the bottom left hand side to balance it out a little:
I usually use Oil Rubbed Bronze for metals & hardware, but it was a little too “heavy” for this girly desk. I absolutely love this color! I am now converted!
I put the new hardware in, took a deep breath, and here she is: