At our community rummage sale, I can always find a project or two. Take this desk, for example. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I knew it was a steal at $7.00. I was also absolutely certain that it belonged in a little boy’s room. Then I remembered the model Ship of the Line I’d bought last year and stashed in the attic. The desk and the model were made for each other.
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After making a quick inventory of missing pieces, I dropped by the local lumber yard where I picked up rivet-ish nail heads in a dull nickel color, deciding to remove and replace the remainder of the decorative wooden pegs with these. The rest of the metal work was more bronze than pewter or nickel, but I thought I’d go with what I had to see how it looked with the new paint. (I later pronounced it to be just dandy as it was since it took on a more pewter look with the new colors.)
I used painter’s tape to protect the metal feet, corners, and drawer pull hardware. Then, after removing the drawers, I gave all finishes a quick scuff with my sander to smooth out any little scratches and dings. This process also gives the new paint a better finish to cling to.
I painted all exposed surfaces, including the inside and outside of the drawers two coats of Kilz chalk paint in white. Then, I rummaged about in the garage for a can of navy blue to use as an accent. I ended up painting the desktop in the Navy as well. When the new “nail heads” were tapped into place, I was thrilled with the project.
Still, I wanted just another little seafaring touch. The rope, knots, and anchors that appear on the sides of the drawers are done from stencils. Perfect touch, if you ask me. With the whale wallpaper I’m using to line the desk drawers, I think the desk is ship-shape. What do you think?
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