I picked up a waterfall desk from a local thrift store a little while ago. It had black painted drawers, a sad and flakey wood finish, and no handles.
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Now, I’m in love with all the two-toned painted/stained wood combo pieces I’ve been seeing around lately. Here’s a few particularly lovely examples: White Butterfly
Since this desk was already going in that direction, I decided to run with the two-toned look. I repainted the drawers with a fresh coat of black, but then came the special touch I’ve been teasing about on the Facebook page.
I used the above example as my inspiration. I loved that the neither the verticals or horizontals were perfectly spaced or even. It gives it a more organic and loose feel than the very geometric and measured chevron design we’ve been seeing everywhere.
So I started off by drawing the vertical lines with a pencil using a yard stick straight edge. No measuring. This is a time when you actually want variation in the spacing of your lines (if you look at the example above.) Once I had the pencil lines drawn from the top drawers to the bottom (so the pattern would continue from one drawer to the next,) I used a silver paint pen to hand-draw the vertical lines. Again, you’re not going for perfectly strait lines here. The variations give it the look we’re going for here. 🙂 Once your vertical lines are all drawn and dry, go back and add in all the diagonal ticking. It sounds tedious, but it really does go very fast.
When I was done, I added some black cup pulls that I bought from Ebay. It was a little tricky shopping, since the hole spacing was an irregular 2 3/4” c-c, but I found these cup pulls for $2 a piece and they worked out great!
The wood finish was extremely warn, and came off fairly easily with a little elbow grease. I used my orbital sander on the large, flat parts, and hit the details and corners with some sand paper and my hands. Once I had it stripped down to the bare wood, I used my favorite go-to stain, Minwax Dark Walnut. I also plan on adding a satin Verathane top coat, but I’m waiting until I have all the projects I’m trying to finish this week lined up, so I can spray them all at the same time. Efficiency of motion people! 😉
And here she is all (well, almost) finished up!
I heart this piece big time! Like look-all-around-my-house-for-someplace-to-put-it LOVE. But I don’t have a place for it, so it’ll go over to Livy Lou’s as well. There’s going to be a furniture open house there next week in preparation for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. I’ll make sure to do a proper introduction of the shop soon, I promise. 🙂
My mother-in-law is coming over this morning to help out with the little kids while I get some furniture work in, including a whole lot of poly spraying. 🙂 Wish me luck!
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