The Study Desk MakeoverUncategorizedStudy Desk Reveal

March 31, 2019by cheree6

The dowdy and hard-working Cinderella has finally become the delightful Princess. Every time I come up the landing and see her at the end of the stairwell, my heart gets all fluttery. Yes I am in love with this piece! After all the elbow grease and time, it’s a bit of relief to come to the end and be pleased with the result. Even Paul who usually puts his squinty eyes over my imperfect pieces said it was “pretty good”.

Just a quick recap to remind you of our starting point. Last week she was in a wretched state; chips, broken veneer, and this felt doodle pattern on the front drawers.

It did take some time for me to decide what colour paint to use, but in the end I went with a Milk paint colour called Bergere by Miss Mustard Seed. To ensure there was no bleeding I painted the first coat with a Zinsser Primer.

I lightly sanded with 240 Grit paper (I did this between each paint coats) to take out all the rough nodules and to have a smooth, finishing touch. We also had to use a filler because there were several small holes after we took off the engineered veneer.

Usuallly after the first coat, I can tell if the colour is going to make to the designated room. Sometimes it’s a nah, but this time it was an Oh la la I’m in love kind of feeling.

After three coats of paint, I scuffed up all the corners and places where there would naturally be wear and tear with 240 grit sandpaper. Then it was a quick wipe down with a clean cloth for the final sealing of white wax. She is now ready for the ballroom.

The legs started to naturally chip without the sanding. I actually would have liked more so I will improve that technique next time round.

Where we spot primed the top hole, it spontaneously started to react with the milk paint which gave it a crackled vintage look. Imperfectly, perfect I say!

My heart was set on changing the hardware for small glass pulls, but I didn’t want to wait around for another online order. So I polished up the little darlings with a bit of hemp oil and they were good to go.

Even the neighbours cat wanted to be part of the photoshoot!

I had so much fun trying to find different pieces in the house to style her for the photoshoot. In the end, I kept the look minimal so she could shine. And shine she does…..



  • Phyl

    March 31, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    The thorn has become a rose. Well done


    • cheree

      April 1, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Nadine

    April 1, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Love it!

    • cheree

      April 1, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Thanks so much Nadine!

  • Annalisa

    April 1, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Looks awesome Cheree. Well done! You are so talented. Love how you have compared it to Cindarella. Also love that you kept the original knobs/handles, they look awesome.

    • cheree

      April 1, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Gosh thank you very much for those kind words Annalisa! 🙂

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