by Jennifer Borrego December 28, 2016

 Not sure if you've realized it yet, but I have a real love of desks! Desks &  Dining sets are my favorite things to repair and paint. There is something almost romantic about a desk to me. Especially an antique desk. Desks may seem commonplace, but once upon a time they were considered a true luxury. Education was not afforded to everyone. There may have been some aristocrat just sitting and doodling at them...Or there may have been a woman writing to her love at war, an author writing feverishly, an architect drafting their plans... At least this is what I imagine to myself.

This desk was sort of a bonus. I went to pick up a dresser when the seller said oh so casually, there is a desk there that I have not posted yet. It's a mess, but you might like it...{{{love those pickups!}}} I loved the desk more than the dresser & of course took them both, plus he threw in an antique child's chair & a jewelry box. Happy dance!!!

 

Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links for your convenience.Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

The exterior of the desk was in great shape! Just a little dirty. As always we did a scrub with 50/50 mix of vinegar and warm water, then did a rinse wipe down with clean water, and followed with an all over wipe down with these cleaning pads. 

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

The interior was a little bit more work...All of the structure and wood were in great condition, but the original felt pad was a mess! I didn't believe this to be cleanable, or repairable so we removed it. Peeled what I could by hand & then sanded the rest off. (note, my sander still has felt bits inside of it. You may wish to find a better removal tool) No photo to show the green felt in my hair or on every interior surface.

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

Under the felt mat were pine boards & a walnut center board. I filled any gaps between the center boards, along with any gouges in the wood surfaces with wood filler. Once dried, I sanded the entire surface to one level. Still not the prettiest...But I had a plan for that.

PHP Products used for my green faux leather:

Bisque, Dublin, Tanner, & Sable Glaze

Kristi Keuhl Pure home paints bisque paint chip, non toxic, made int he USATanner Brown Kristi Keuhl Pure home paints chip, non toxic, made int he USADublin Kristi Keuhl Pure home paints chip, non toxic, made int he USA

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

 First I taped of the edges that would not be painted to look like leather. The base layer of wood was covered in 2 coats of Bisque paint to help create low lights under the Dublin Green paint to follow. I got a little crazy creating the texture of old leather. I started with a balled up bag from our grocery trip. I liked the lines and variations of paint as it dabbed on. It was a messy method though! Next I followed with a sporadic layer of Tanner Brown. only here and there to created darker variations of color. Then built up another layer of Dublin. For these later layers I switched to a damp natural sea sponge. Finally I applied Sable Glaze over the paint layers. This added depth, antiquing, and paint protection. I applied one coat with a brush for all over protection. When dry (15 minutes) I used the sponge to blot it on and create a more authentic look.

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

The rest of the desk was painted in PHP Derby and distressed to show the beautiful walnut wood underneath, all was sealed with our PHP Clear Matte Finish.

Derby Kristi Keuhl Pure home paints chip, non toxic, made int he USA

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

Drawer was lined with fabric.

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.

These handles had me a little smitten. Carved wood handles. Wowza!

This desk is a true American Antique, It is gorgeous, functional, and will look great in any home. 

Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.Painted Faux Leather Desk Pad on Antique Desk by Whimsy and Wood.



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