Is your work space lacking personality???
Are you sitting at a boring desk all day???
Emily (my friend and invaluable team member) was.....so I changed that! On a visit to her home.....I changed the look of her workspace by painting this desk in just a few short hours on a Saturday morning! It really is so easy to do once get over the fear of change and stop overthinking the process!
Just choose a color that makes you happy and DO IT!!!
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Before cobalt blue desk makeover
You can see below....Emily's desk in its "before" state.....not ugly....just sort of boring in the space. She has the beautiful artwork between the two "already enough brown" bookshelves.....so we chose to pull the vibrant cobalt blue from the canvas for the desk!
I chose Cobalt Blue by Dixie Belle! It is such a rich and true blue that you can't help but love it! I applied only two coats of the paint....using my favorite brush (Dixie Belle FL...meaning "flat large"). When you paint something this large....by the time you cover all the surface once....it is already dry and ready for the second coat once you get back around to where you started!
Painting the Desk Cobalt Blue
For those of you that ask how much paint to use on a piece this size.....this 16 oz jar covered an entire executive desk leaving about half the jar of paint in the end! It really does have incredible coverage and a little bit goes a very long way!
Applying the Glaze
I allowed the paint to dry and rest for about two hours. I then returned to "glaze" the desk. I made my own "glaze" with Dixie Belle's Caviar black paint.....mixed with water....about 1:1. I worked in sections....painting the mixture on with a brush and wiping back off with a wet paper towel. The dark color settled in the cracks of the desk and overall toned the vibrancy of the blue. It instantly aged and deepened the overall look which is exactly what Emily wanted!
I allowed that to dry before applying Gator Hide Sealer as the top coat. You can see the gorgeous sheen on the legs of the desk below. This is the reason I use Gator Hide! It leaves the most gorgeous sheen!! I applied three thin coats of the sealer for the final finish.
The Finish Look in the finished space
The leg of Emily's desk needed repair....so we were unable to move it around for proper staging. But I was able to grab this photo before I left town. You can certainly see what a difference it makes in her office space! It allows the space to flow nicely with her adjoining master bedroom...which is accents with cobalt as well.
If you love this bold vibrant cobalt blue as much as I do, you should see my cobalt blue dresser with metallic hardware. It's equally fun and vibrant!
It was such an easy project......yet makes such a huge impact on the space! And more than anything.....EMILY love her new bold cobalt blue desk! It is my hope that she will feel like the rockstar and girl boss that she really is while she works from this room!
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