Santa Fe Turquoise Desk makeover - Lynn Fern

Santa Fe Turquoise Desk makeover

I can't help but smile with this gorgeous makeover for a few reasons...


1. The first is this color makes me smile and so very happy!  

2. It's a desk that I've had sitting waiting for it's makeover for a very long time.  

3.  I used one of my all time favorite paint lines - CeCe Caldwell Paints.  

4.  Oh and it was for a family I adore!!

Desk painted with CeCe Caldwell paints





I have been working through my stash of furniture that I've hoarded collected the last one or two possibly three years over the last several weeks.  I had just pulled this desk out from under a stack of chairs to start prepping it while I wrapped up another project.

Literally within minutes I had received a text from a friend asking if I had any desks that were refinished.  I texted back..no but I have this one, I just pulled it out to start working on it & I can refinish for you.  It has great bones...

wood desk, Hepplewhite, brass hardware


But, someone had decided to.... I don't know throw up paint all over it..  I had taken a large paint blotch off one of the sides when I first brought it home.  I am not sure what happened or why paint was splattered all over it, but I knew I could create a beauty.

Other projects took my attention away from the desk.  Now was as good a time to start as any.

Those details... LOVE!!!  Keep in mind the hardware for future reference..


I chatted back & forth a bit with my friend.  This desk was for his wife that is a LuLaRoe Retailer.  It was going in her new LuLa Room..  We discussed color, and he sent me the colors they were working with.

Benjamin Moore Tropicana Cabana

The top color is a Benjamin Moore color & we color matched it close enough to the Santa Fe Turquoise.  Actually I think the desk helped bring out the color better than the sample I created. 

Prepping a piece is key.  I needed to remove that paint, scuff up the entire desk and then clean it well. I used my Ryobi sander to tackle the paint removal and scuffing it up.  


Once it was cleaned well & dry, I used a couple of coats of shellac to ensure no bleed through.  


Gah look at this sweet thing.. It's just gorgeous, and I couldn't wait to make the transformation come to life.



While I waited for the shellac to dry and ready to start the painted process, there was one fix I need to make.  I had pulled the drawers out to remove the hardware and had that oh geez what was that shock!  I had grabbed the back of the drawer & immediately had a nail sick me.  

Someone did a "quick" fix to a small part on the back of the drawer by using a nail.  Thing is...it wasn't even nailed in correctly.  



I removed the nail and grabbed my wood glue and clamp.  Now seriously this is the quick & easy fix.  It really takes no time, & it's better than a nail sticking you in the hand.  

clamp and wood glue

I started with a coat on the entire desk while the glue on my drawer was drying.  

Turquoise, blue, teal

One of things that I absolutely love about CeCe Caldwell paints beside that it's all natural.. It dries fairly quick once on the piece.  I did all of the drawers (except the one that was being repaired), walked away for a bit.  I came back & was able to start my second coat. 

desk painted in teal

All of my drawers were done, and the body of the desk was finished.  Now I get work on the hardware.

Remember above I said to keep the hardware in mind.  I often have people tell me... "I don't like the color".  Well that's truly an easy fix.  I sprayed each one with silver spray paint.  Knowing it was going to be entirely too bright, while the paint dried, I mixed up some of my favorite silver waxes.  They are also from CeCe Caldwell.

sierra silver and shelbyville graphite

I guess you can see here I use the Shelbyville Graphite often... I need more.  I mixed it with a little of the Sierra Silver.  It was perfection!

I plopped myself down on the floor and gave them a coat of this stunning creation!

making old hardware look new

I gave the desk a little distressing and put my "new" hardware back on and...bam!  It's a beauty!!  I named her Lula!  

CeCe Caldwell Turquoise desk

Don't forget that some of my extremely talented Crafty Girls & DIY Furniture Refinishing friends have some makeovers to share with you as well.... 



Hop on over to their blogs to see how they gave their pieces a makeover..

1. 58 Water Street – A New Twist on Traditional Desk
2. J. Burns Design – Creating a RH Weathered Wood Finish
3. Just the Woods – Unique Painted Etagere
4. Thirty-Eighth Street – Painting Furniture with General Finishes Milk Paint
5. Lynn Fern -  Santa Fe Turquoise Desk (that's me)
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