White & Watercolor Revamped Desk

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Welcome to this month’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day! 
(pssst…if you missed last month’s awesome makeovers, no worries – you can catch them here!)
In honor of Memorial Day, our theme for this month is Red, White & Blue!
Of those three colors, the one I’d be most likely to use by far would be blue, and at first I was considering sharing these lovely blue end tables with you. 
But as fortune would have it, I just so happened to have been painting a white piece for a friend this month, so I’ll be sharing that story instead ๐Ÿ™‚

I started out with a pretty standard kneehole desk – made of solid wood and soooooooo heavy:
My least favorite thing about painting pieces white is the number of coats needed for solid coverage. For this piece, I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White, and even though I technically didn’t need to prime first, I did just to help cover the dark wood.
Once the base layer of paint was done, I gave the drawers a lace overlay treatment, per my friend’s request. Just a simple lace valance from the thrift store, some silver spray paint, and a steady hand were all I needed.
Next, I tackled the top. My friend had been inspired by the black watercolor desk I painted last year, and asked if I could create a similar look in a different color scheme for her. 
Using my favorite colored wood stain, Unicorn SPiT, I mixed some custom colors. After many sample boards and modifying the original technique a little, I finally landed on a look we were both happy with. You can find the video for the basic technique by the lovely creator of Unicorn SPiT here ๐Ÿ™‚
I sealed the top with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, and the body of the desk with GF High Performance Topcoat. Last, I gave the lady her jewelry – some lovely French provincial pulls from Hickory Hardware.
And here she is, from drab to fab!
Ready for a close-up of her lovely watercolor top?

I just love it!

Quite a transformation, don’t you think? I don’t often do such feminine and frilly pieces, but thanks to my friend’s vision, I might just be inspired to do some more in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

For more inspiration in white:

There’s SO much more red, white and blue inspiration below – take a look!

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