Bennett – A restored mid-century modern office desk

Drumroll please… introducing “Bennett.”

Remember a week or so ago, I picked this little guy up at Goodwill? Let me remind you…

Yes, Goodwill is a bit messy!

I used a homemade chalk paint recipe out of Behr Midnight Dream. Like I said before, I have plans to complete a more thorough chalk paint comparison in the future. I’ll keep you posted. I don’t really have enough info for a thorough analysis yet.

After two coats of the blue, I distressed, applied Annie Sloan clear wax, then taped off the white stripes. I used Behr Off White for the stripes.

After distressing and waxing again, I added the AS dark wax to age it up a bit. That’s when the piece really popped!

I kept the original brass hardware and just polished it up a bit.

I’m really happy with the results. Perfect for a boy’s room or even a bachelor pad! He looks rich and sophisticated.
Bennett has already found a home. He was sold before I had a chance to place the ad. And the best part is that he is staying in the family, so I can visit him anytime I want!
Lots of love,
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22 thoughts on “Bennett – A restored mid-century modern office desk

  1. Sarah

    Love this..I wouldn't have thought of doing the stripes on top..but it added a nice touch of sophistication to the

  2. Mary - because i like to decorate

    Thanks everyone! @ Anonymous – I used a recipe of 1 cup flat paint mixed with 2 Tbsp unsanded grout plus a little water added periodically as the paint thickened while working with it. I still LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and think it is totally worth the cost. In the homemade version, the grout settles at the bottom of the can and because of that it's harder to work with and hard to keep color consistancy. With all that said, it worked and the results show well. I plan on doing a more thorough comparison including some of the other recipes floating around out there. :)

    1. becauseiliketodecorate Post author

      Hi Kristen, It’s a custom mixed color that I just don’t have a formula for. So sorry! I started out with a deep Navy blue, added some white non-sanded grout and thinned it out a bit. -Mary


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