Updated primitive child size desk

P1080328Took advantage of our quickly diminishing warm and dry days last week to get a bunch of outdoors painting projects done.  First on the list was this adorable primitive child size desk.

P1080334It had a very ‘sloppy’ semi gloss varnish on it with lots of visible drips.  So, the first step was to sand.  I really enjoy the sanding process, and ‘getting to know’ the piece.  This piece was obviously hand crafted by ‘make do’ kind of person.  It wasn’t the best wood, and wasn’t really constructed ‘to last’.  No dovetail joints like you might expect to find on a piece this obviously old.  But someone had signed the underside of the desk.  Alas, it was too faded to read, still, I ‘left it be’.

P1080337Notice how blotchy it looks after I sanded it???  From this I can tell it was made from ‘rough sawn’ wood; boards that had not been planed.  I really had NOT noticed this about the wood until I sanded it, and was a bit concerned that the saw marks would show when I distressed after painting.

P1080338Here you can see the nails that it was put together with, and more of the saw marks.  At this point I’m resigning myself to NOT distressing this piece after painting it lest those pesky saw marks show in the distressed areas.

P1080336Even the legs were made with the rough cut wood!  Definitely a primitive piece, and one that I would have left ‘as is’ back when I was decorating my home in fold art primitives.  But that was then, and this is NOW.  So it got painted!

P1080403Gave it a couple of coats of paint and let it dry.  Started very carefully sanding, making sure I only hit the edges lest those pesky saw marks showed through.  I really REALLY wanted to distress the whole thing, so I decided to ‘give it a shot’ and ‘test distressed’ one of the legs to see how badly the saw marks came through.

P1080402They looked just fine!!!  So I went ahead and distressed the whole thing!

P1080398The desk top distressed especially nice; showing the pretty wood grain.

P1080401Now that the outside of the desk was all brightly colored and prettied up, the INside seemed a bit dingy.


So I decoupaged some old atlas paged on the bottom.  I wanted to cover the entire inside, but with how the legs come through it would have been too many tiny corners to work around.

P1080420The desk has gone to my booth at Stars with a $59.00 price tag.




I’ve also taken in some Halloween decor to Stars.

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  1. what do you use for top coat? wax or varnish or sealer or clear spray?

    • I use a brush on matter varnish on the furniture, Same stuff as I use on my hand painted signs. Spray is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too costly for as much as I use. (even the brush on stuff is $60.00 a gallon! But I go through a gallon 3-4 times a year) A run on was sealer is a fabulous look and is very popular, and would be my preference IF I didn’t have a damaged spine. Rubbing in a wax finish is just too hard on my back.


  2. Love it all!

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