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Dusky Blue Desk

Dusky Blue Desk Makeover | Timeless Creations, LLC

A cute little writing desk gets a beautiful makeover.


Have any of you every tried Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk paint? This sweet little desk is the first of many projects that will be painted with that awesome powdered paint! We hadn’t tried it before because we really liked the convenience of other paints (that were already mixed).  I know I was a little wary of having to mix this milk paint. But wow, oh wow, why I was ever afraid of that I have no idea! It was unbelievably easy, and the paint is well worth it.


Again, we got this desk from one of our wonderful auctions we frequent. It was in pretty good shape, just outdated and had some scratches on the top. The makeover began with my handy-dandy electric sander. (This is what we use). I used some coarse grit sand paper to strip the top down to the bare wood.


The wood grain was just beautiful, so I picked out some pretty stain that had a bit of a red tint to it. I thought it would go well with the milk paint color I wanted to use.


Next, the hardware on all the drawers was removed, and a few scratches and dents on the body of the desk were filled with wood filler. Some light sanding with a fine grit block, and then a good cleaning with soap and water topped off the prep work. I read that with glossy surfaces it is best to lightly sand the entire piece before applying the milk paint in order for it to adhere, so prep work is important.



To mix the milk paint you add one part paint, to one part water, stir it, let it sit, then stir again. So easy! I was a little worried about coverage since the paint seemed so watery, but it was just amazing! For this desk, only one coat was needed!


In some spots the paint did look a little thin, but I embraced it and took my fine sandpaper to enhance the spots for a timeworn look.


Then a bit of wax for a sealant and the piece was done!

Ok, I just have to gush about this color a bit…how pretty is it! I love the smokey-ness of this gray-blue. And to add it with the dark top is just perfect. I also really enjoyed doing something new-new type of paint and new color.



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  • Reply
    October 10, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    It’s such a pretty blue! It came out amazing!
    Thanks for sharing with us at this week’s Merry Monday link party!
    We hope to see you again next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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    Grandmas House DIY
    October 12, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece with us at the To grandma’s house we go link party! You were featured today!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

      I saw that! Thanks so much for featuring our desk!

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    Shirley Wood
    October 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this makeover with us at Merry Monday. It’s such a nice shade of blue. I have a similar desk in need of a makeover so I appreciate the ideas!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 19, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you Shirley! Good luck with your own desk makeover!

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    Angie Rose
    October 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    What an absolutely stunning makeover! Love that color 🙂 Thank you so much for joining the party at Dishing It & Digging It! Hope to see you share with us this week!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 19, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Angie! I for sure will be linking up with you again 🙂

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    Nicki Parrish
    October 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Great job on this desk and love your color choice. Thanks for sharing at the Totally Terrific Tuesday party, and hope to see you join again this week! Pinned to our boards!

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    November 8, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    This is so beautiful. Thanks for linking up to Monday Social. I love the color too.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      November 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you! The stained top turned out so well, it is one of my favorites!

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