Before & After: A Pretty in Pink Desk Upgrade

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Leanna’s office desk had a gorgeous shape, but the dark wood wasn’t right for her new space. Since she had made the decision to stick with a lighter and brighter color scheme for her new office, she thought a touch of pink would set off the delicate aspects of the piece to great effect.

From Leanna: Our previous home was decorated in soft earth tones, lots of greens and browns. At the time it really suited are long, low bungalow. For our new home I wanted Revere Pewter grey and white to go with the large windows. The theme for this home is let the light IN.

In our old home we had a nice office on the main floor. It had a matching espresso colored desk and bookshelves. The dark color does not work in this new house. The desk is dark and showing some wear, but structurally it is in very good shape. This desk has very clean lines, two little drawers and long plain feminine legs, I love it.

The paint directions say that sanding isn’t necessary, but I gave it a light sanding with 220 sand paper to remove the shine.

It took three coats of paint to cover the dark espresso. Sand it lightly between each coat with 220 sandpaper. Buff it just enough to make the paint smooth before applying the next coat.

Once it was fully painted it looked nice but it was average. I purchased some scrolling but I didn’t fit properly. I finally decided to give it a light whitewash in certain areas. The pink surprisingly fits in with the upstairs decor.

Thank you so much, Leanna! You can see this project and more on Faeries and Fauna.