I know what you're thinking. It's pretty bad, right? As you guys know, I could never pass up a "perfectly" good desk like this! It took a lot of sanding but I finally got it to the point at which I could paint it.
I started out painting the desk with white primer. After that I painted it a flat dark gray mis-tint paint we bought from Sherwin-Williams.
Then, I distressed it to let the white show through and to give the desk a shabby chic French cottage look. Since the paint was flat, I had to give it two coats of poly-acrylic.
I also painted the original handles white and distressed those as well, because the white was way to bright on its own.
We found some scrap-booking paper at Michael's, 40% off. The paper was perfect to line the desk drawers in. I just cut the paper to the right size, Mod Podged it in, and then painted a second layer of glue on top. We only put paper in the top drawers.
As of now I'm working on fixing up a few more pieces of furniture, so we'll be posting on those soon!
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