Creating an antique Cheap Desk on a budget is an easy project that can be accomplished in one weekend. To start this antiquing project you will need to find an inexpensive Cheap Desk that you don’t mind painting.
Those cheap plain fake wood Cheap Desk found at discount stores are perfect for antiquing. If you have an old wood Cheap Desk and just want to change the color or look this paint process is also good.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to start antiquing you old Cheap Desk:
· Paint (2 colors)
· Roller paint brushes
· A variety of 2″, 3″, or 4″ paint brushes
· Wood stain
· Drop clothes
· Cheap Desk
· Interesting door and drawer pulls.
For additional antique inspired embellishments to a very plain Cheap Desk try attaching some pre cut wood embellishments. You can find them at any home improvement store.
This will completely change the look of your inexpensive Cheap Desk and instantly give and antique feel.
Now, start sanding the surface of your plain Office Desk. Once you have the surface lightly sanded, you should wipe off the dust with a clean dry clothe. An old white t-shirt will work perfectly here.
Now, you are ready to put a coat of primer. If you are using a cheap fake wood Office Desk this is a very important step. Your antiquing painting technique will not stick to your surface if you don’t sand and then prime your desk.
If you want a rough more country look try putting the primer on with one of the 4″ brushes. This will give texture and create the look of real wood. If you prefer the smoother look you can roll the paint on with any type of paint roller. A foam roller will create the smoothest surface.
Allow your primer to dry completely.
Put on a coat of your base paint. This paint should not be the actual color you want your desk to end up, but the color you want to show through when you antique the desk.
Now you are ready to paint your desk with the real color you wish it to be. I always recommend painting a color that goes with your existing décor.
Don’t be scared to choose a bright color because the antiquing process will tone down the appearance of the desk considerably.
Once your desk color has dried you are ready to start antiquing it. Start by using the sand paper to rough up edges and other areas that would typically be used over time. For example, try sanding the area near the drawer pulls; it will give the appearance of age.
Once you have finished sanding the desk wipe the surface down with a clean dry cloth. That old white t-shirt will work well here again. You can stop at this point, but if you want to go the extra mile you can use a mixture of ½ wood stain and ½ glaze to darken your piece. This darkening will mimic years of dirt and the aging process.
Start by mixing you paint and glaze in a plastic container. Use a white rag or another old t-shirt to rub the stain onto the piece.
You can do this process until you achieve the antique look you want for your desk. You have completed antiquing your desk and should allow it to dry thoroughly. Replace boring or modern hardware with antique inspired pulls from Lowe’s or home depot.