Jack – A Sophisticated Writing Desk

It’s day two, and boy have I got a fun one for you! Eeeeeek! I’m excited! Introducing Jack, Union Jack that is:

Jack started out as one of your basic large scale desks that are a dime a dozen at the thrift stores. You know the ones that you would picture lining a government office somewhere in the 1970’s?

I’ve been waiting for a piece to paint the famous Union Jack onto. This desk was simple enough to pull of such a grand image and the scale of the desktop was a perfect 30″ x 60″!

The base is a custom mixture of Behr Midnight Dream (two coats), and the desktop Union Jack design is done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White and Glidden Red Delicious. After complete, I did a light sanding with a medium grade sanding block, then finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax (Applied with a brush and buffed smooth with a dry cloth).

Since the edges of the piece were distressed a bit to show the wood underneath, I chose to leave the wooden legs exposed. I just polished them with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and they shined up nicely!

I’m sad to say that Jack has already been sold! But he’s staying in the family, so I can visit anytime! :)
Lots of love,
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2 thoughts on “Jack – A Sophisticated Writing Desk

  1. Mark

    Mary, your designs are great. Just one question though, are you sure you mean to say the Union Flag (or ‘Union Jack’ as some like to call it, although it is supposed to just be called that when it’s flying on a ship apparently) is infamous? :)

    1. becauseiliketodecorate Post author

      Eeeeek! Mark, your right! Thanks so much for catching my mistake! I in no way meant to offend anyone and obviously didn’t realize the true definition of that word… changing it now. Let me say in my defense that I do not consider myself a writer, but a DIY enthusiast and designer first. This is embarrassing! If you would believe it, my mother was actually born in Wales and that was my motivation for painting this piece.


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