Multi Colored Desk Info - How to paint, distress, and antique furniture

Topics being covered

  1. Attempting to 'fake' the reclaimed wood look. 
  2. Using craft paint to mix custom colors. 
  3. Distressing furniture. 

Supplies/Tools List

  1. Acrylic Latex Paint
  2. Small bottles of craft paint
  3. Purdy paint brushes
  4. Dewalt 1/4 sheet palm sander
  5. #80 and #120 Sandpaper
  6. Colored Pencils / Stencil
  7. Frog Tape - (painters tape) 

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 Multi Colored Desk - beachbumlivin

Multi Colored Desk - beachbumlivin

This weeks project is a little antique desk that I'm going to "fake" the reclaimed wood look. If you've ever seen furniture made from actual reclaimed wood the results are simply awesome!! But usually very expensive! So I thought, why not just fake it. So that is what I did and I hope you guys like it. Continue reading down below :)



Here's a cool little desk that I picked up at an estate sale that I plan on giving to my daughter. I decided the look that I was going after was a colorful reclaimed look. What I mean by reclaimed is that I will paint each section or parts of the desk with different finishes so it will end up with a really mismatched look.


I had mentioned that I wanted the desk to be colorful. To achieve the amount of different colors of paint I will need I plan on using some craft paint. Using craft paint is a really easy way to get new colors or different shades on the cheap. Those little bottles of paint usually only cost around $.50 - $1.00. That is soooo much cheaper than buying a new pint of paint every time you need a new color. Click the photo to watch this part >>>

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I've got everything painted and now is the time that I enjoy the most, distressing. I typically use several different grades of sandpaper to get the look I am after. I will also vary the distressing between hand and power sanding. Each technique has its place and it will be up to you to determine how much of each you will want to use on your project. I usually start with the power sander and distress most of the piece quickly before I switch over to hand sanding. <<< Click the photo to watch this part


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