When we purchased our home one thing I really wish it had was a built-in desk area. I think kitchen desks are not only practical, but look pretty too! So when we decided to remove our bay window for our porch addition, I thought I now finally had the perfect spot to add one. However, as the construction project progressed we ended up making the decision to add a tall window instead to get some much needed natural light into the kitchen. So, even though I didn’t get the built-in desk I was hoping for, I still had a nice little spot to work with to create a desk area of my own. So the hunt was on to find a petite desk that would fit in the space. The search for a desk was harder than I thought it would be, everything was either too big or expensive. Until, one day a listing for a desk popped up on Craigslist with just the right dimensions, price ($40) and the cottage charm I was looking for.
When I purchased the desk I had no intentions of ever painting it. I loved the look of the wood and thought it paired nicely with the the chair I already had. I also did a bit of research and thought it could be an Eastlake piece, although I’m not sure and the wood casters made me think it was fairly old, so I left it alone. However, after living with it for several months I decided to paint it for several reasons. Even with the addition of the window, the kitchen can still look dark and the desk was just lost in the space. I really felt that paint would help to brighten everything up and I could also create a fun statement piece for the kitchen. Also, after further inspection of the desk I found that it had been glued together badly in several places and was missing a piece at the bottom, making me think it was originally a side table, so all of this made me feel better about my decision to paint it.
I was on the fence about painting the chair because I didn’t want to take away the focus on the desk, so I decided to just paint a small piece of the back to help tie it together. After I finished painting and waxing the piece, I used some gold craft paint to highlight some of the carved details, which really helped to make it pop.
This was my first time using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and I have to say I loved it, both the paint and wax were so easy to work with and the instructions on her website and instructional videos were really helpful. I will admit I was very nervous about trying it because it is different than other paints I have used. However, I wanted to the desk to look aged and distressed and I felt this was the perfect piece to try out the paint on and to achieve the look I wanted. The hard part was picking a color. I debated between several options, but ended up choosing Lucketts Green and wow I am so happy I did, it is the prettiest shade of green which was so beautifully enhanced with the Antiquing Wax. I also love how it looks with the wall paint color and new curtains from Country Curtains.
Now that the desk is painted, I think it has really helped to brighten up kitchen and add a little cottage charm too!
So, what do you think? Would you have painted it or tried Milk Paint before?
Thanks so much for stopping by! I am heading out to do a little gardening and enjoy the nice weather we are having today. Have a great week!