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Painted Vintage Desk: Explore National Park-Inspired Colors!

As most of you know, I am an avid user of Dixie Belle Paint products. They recently released a new set of colors to their Silk All-in-One line with a nod to the hues of National Parks. I decided to paint this little vintage desk to show off two of the new colors...Sequoia and Acadia.  


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So...what exactly is this table?

I honestly have no idea what this table was used for originally.  I would love to hear from you in the comments as to how you think it was used.  My first impression is a telephone table of some sort.  My son Brody said it looks like a fortune tellers table...of course he is kidding....but I can kind of see that too!  Or maybe a vintage writing desk?

vintage desk before paint by Traceys Fancy

Prepping for Paint

I cleaned the table with White Lightning and discovered very little wood tannin bleed.  Both colors that I would be using were deep tones and heavily pigmented so I was able to move forward without the use of additional primer....especially considering that the Silk colors have a blocking primer built in. 

a jar of white lightning cleaning product next to a spray bottle of mixed solution

Supplies Used: Painted Vintage Desk

Gold Gilding Wax (to the original knobs)

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Introducing... Dixie Belle's Sequoia

I began with Sequoia which is a deep earthy red with orange undertones.  It is reminiscent of rich clay or dark red sediment seen in canyon rocks.  

Sequoia Silk All-in-One paint by Dixie Belle

The Silk paint goes on very smoothly. The consistency is thinner than the chalk mineral line and I always plan to use at least two coats.   

I used an artist brush to apply much of the paint since I was painting around carvings and trim....leaving parts of the table with its natural wood tones.  

I love this final look!

The two tone finish is without a doubt the same colors seen in the bark of the giant Sequoia trees!  

Vintage Desk painted in Sequoia Silk All-in-One paint by Traceys Fancy

This is two coats of Sequoia and no top coat.....since the Silk paint also has a built in top coat as well.

I allowed it to dry, photographed it and left it overnight to paint a new color the next day!

Introducing... Dixie Belle's Acadia

The second color I chose was Acadia!

The Acadia National Park is known for its deep blue/green Evergreen trees and this paint captures that hue perfectly!

Acadia Silk All-in-One paint by Dixie Belle

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Silk paint cover so well in a single coat!  

Again...using the smaller artist brush, I was able to cover this table beautifully in a short amount of time.  

I did choose two coats of Acadia just to make sure I was getting the purest hue of color for photographs.  

The final look reminds me of a Blue Spruce the color shifts with the changes of light.  

Vintage Desk painted in Acadia Silk All-in-One paint by Traceys Fancy

If I didn't have Whimsical plans for this table, I would choose the Acadia version as my favorite and keep it for myself!  

Painted Vintage Desk: Same Table. Two Stunning Colors.

I hope you like the look of this painted vintage desk. And I do hope you will try one of the SIX new Silk Colors....especially if you haven't tried the Silk All-in-One paint collection before! It is VERY user friendly, dries flawlessly, and really cuts down on time with its built in assistance!

You will be seeing this table one more time very soon! I have whimsical plans for this very unusual side table. I can't wait!

And don't forget to let me know in the comments what you think this table was used for in its life before Tracey's Fancy!


More Inspiration: Silk All-In-One Paint Projects

Below are other projects, for your inspiration, in which I've used Silk paint! Each project is different but the incredible coverage and ease of use is the same for all!

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Vintage Desk painted in Sequoia Silk All-in-One paint by Traceys Fancy

Vintage Desk painted in Acadia Silk All-in-One paint by Traceys Fancy

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