How-to Paint/Distress/Antique Furniture: DESK PROJECT: painting, distressing, staining

How-to Paint/Distress/Antique Furniture: DESK PROJECT: painting, distressing, staining


So whats up guys, welcome to this months project. I know it’s been a couple of months so I do apologize about that. I’ve been kinda busy with this and that and uh…
actually the hold up i was wanting in this next video, this video, I was wanting to have a sweet ‘stache’ for you guys. So i’ve actually been growing this out for the last two months so that was actually the hold up but this month
project is just uh… little wood desk that i had actually found on the side of the road. Somebody had thrown it out and busted the legs off so it didn’t have any legs but is was a nice solid wood top. I knew it would be a great desk
but I just needed to figure out a solution for the legs so… Stay tuned and i’m going to show you what i end up doing as far as the legs go and what kind of finish I end up putting on the desk. Alright, so here’s the desk i’m going to be working with found it free on the side of the road. Somebody had thrown it out with their trash. They had actually busted the legs off, I guess to make it easier for the trash people to pick up. So it doesn’t have any legs and i’m going to have to come up with some kinda idea to replace those. Overall, it’s in really good shape. Its solid wood so that’s always a plus. Its got a few blemishes here and there but thats fine because you know my overall look is going to be an old antique rustic look anyway. So I’m not worried about that. The first thing I need to do is get this thing cleaned up. Its got a lot of just dingy-nest to it. Cobwebs, stuff like that. Uhmm… Probably going to clean the top up a little bit just with a sander Alright, I just got done finish sanding the top. It came out really nice and smooth. Except for this one little part right here. I am actually going to go ahead and use some wood putty. Wood putty is really easy to use. To use it, your going to go ahead and fill this in and you don’t need it to be perfectly smooth once you fill it in because once it dries, your going to come back in a little while and go ahead and sand it down to make it smooth. So just go ahead and get some in the groove. You can go ahead and start to smooth it out a little bit but don’t worry about getting it perfect. Alright, so why the wood putty dries on the top, I’m going to go ahead and get started on the legs. This is what i’ve decided to do, i actually just got some decorative fence post that are actually long enough to where i’m able to cut one of them into two different legs and use one for the front and one for the back. The idea i have is to use this decorative part for the front portion of the desk and square part for the back legs. I just think it will be a good alternative instead of buying those expensive pre-made legs they sell at the hardware store. i think it’s uh… it will be a cool idea. I’m going to go ahead and get these cutted… Cutted?? I’m going to go ahead and get these cut to the length’s that I nead, and uh… Once that’s done the top should be ready to do a final sanding and then I can go ahead and attach these legs. Alright, so got all the legs cut down to the length that I need. The next thing I need to do is just attach these. I think they’re going to look really cool. I like the way they’re styled and everything like that so I think once I get them attached and get this flipped I think it will look really cool but I do need to get them attached. I’m just going to use the technique they used on the original legs. They just had a bolt that went into the backside of the leg. So with these new legs I just marked it, drilled a new hole, and I’m using these big thick lag bolts that will go at least half way into the legs. It should give it some sturdiness. I’m going to get that done and then I’ll be ready to move on to the decorating and painting or whatever I decide to do. Alright, so just finished attaching the legs and I think its looking really cool. I think those legs look perfect with the mismatched legs in the back opposed to the front and as you can see it’s made a little bit higher than like a normal desk. Because the person I’m making it for wanted it to be where they could use a bar stool and sit and then also stand and it be a perfect level to do projects and stuff like that. So, its a little taller which was good being able to use legs like I did because I could make them any length I wanted and I wasn’t limited to whatever length you know like if I purchased a already pre-made one. That worked out really good, so… The next thing I want to do is go ahead and start painting it and stuff like that. I have a few ideas you know and nothing is set in stone. So I’m going to try things out and see how things look. Things could change but for right now the idea is to leave the top a bare wood. I’m going to stain it like a dark color and not use any paints on the top. I’m going to use the paint on the bottom portion, which, as far as the colors go I have some whites, blues, and some greys I’m going to use. Then I’ll really distress it and then use some dark wax. That’s what I plan on doing. Alright, I just finished up that blue color and while that dries I’m going to go ahead and get started on the top. I was just trying to come up with an idea because I planed on leaving it bare wood and just using stain. Then I remember seeing on the internet where this lady had drawn on the top then used stain to make it look like art work. So I’m going to try that out and see how that works. Alright, to get this done I’m going to use one of these small artistic paint brushes and with the design i have I’m just going to put it on part of it. With stain, the longer you let it sit the darker it gets. So i’m going to have sections where i let it sit longer. Then I’ll have sections where I rub out quicker than i do some portions of it
and its going to give it a shaded look. I’m going to go ahead and attemp and see how it looks. I’m going to go ahead and get started using this little paintbrush. *music* Alright, I just finished the picture part
of the top and I think it turned out really cool. This was done just using stain and using that technique where i put it on thick and then faded it out and I was able to come up with this. I think it turned out really cool considering I’ve never attempted anything like this before. It really wasn’t that difficult. It was just itimadating
because it was using stain and once you put that stain onto bare wood its on there. So, I didn’t really have the opportunity to really mess up a lot, I pretty much had do get it right on everytime. I think it turned out cool. Now I need to come up with an idea to frame it. I just did the picture on the inlay part of
this and I have this outside boarder that i need to come up with an idea. I’m going to stay with just the wood look so I’m going to just use stain. I have a few different colors and I’m going to start off with the lightest first because you can always start light and then go dark if you don’t like it. I am going to start with the sunbleached I have. It’s got that greyish look. I am going to go ahead and stain it, see how it looks, and then go from there. Alright, I just finished up with the sunbleached grey and as you can see it came out really light and I’m not really feeling it. I couldn’t decide if the light would look good or the dark would look good but like I mentioned before, I could at least start light and then always go dark. So I tried out the light, don’t really love it so i’m gonna go
dark now. What i have is the color is called Kona, which is going to be super dark. I’m going to go ahead and get that on there and see how it looks. So I just finished up that first layer of Kona stain on the top and as that dries I’m going to go ahead and put the last color on the bottom portion. Like I showed you before I painted all of these first layers on the entire bottom, complete, and I’ll eventually get to the point where I sand away some of the top layers and it will show some of the under layers. For the last color I want to use this, it’s called Destin Gulf Green, and its almost like this color i have on there but it’s a little bit lighter. Just to give this top layer some contrast what I plan on doing is, it will probably end up being just a lot of experimentation and messing around with it and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t. I’m not going to paint the entire thing this color i’m just going to paint certain sections use different techniques and i
might put a thick layer right here and maybe dry brush it right here and fill in some of these little grooves with this color. I basically going to make it really splotchy. I’m going to go ahead and get started on that and see how it looks. Worst-case scenario if it doesn’t look
that great I’ll just paint the whole thing this color and distress it at the end. So let me go ahead and start putting this color on and see how it turns out. So I just finished up with that lighter color blue over that dark blue and you can see how I put it on all splotchy. I know it looks kinda crazy right now but it will actually be okay
once i get the sand paper out and I start to blend it and all that kind of stuff so I’m not worried to much how it looks kinda goofy. Also, why I was doing that I decided I want to add a different color into these little sections right there, there, and there. I think it will look kinda cool. Sooo, I don’t know, I’m going to maybe try out a few different colors maybe the first color will be cool but I’m going to try out this yellow color. I’m going to go ahead and put that on there and see how that looks. Alright, I’m ready to get started with the distressing part and what I got going on here is I’m going to start off using the power sander. I have a #80 grit sand paper on here which is a really coarse sandpaper. The reason is I really want to start off with that really good bite from the sandpaper and really knock down a lot of the distressing initially with this and once i get all that taken care of I’ll go back with like a #150 or #220 and just hand sand it basically blinding it just so it doesn’t look so obvious that it
was done with the power sander. So that’s what I’m going to go ahead and get started on. All right, so i just finished with all the
distressing and in the final step, I actually discovered this by accident, I used that sunbleached stain that I have that’s a light gray color and after I distressed everything, I just rubbed thin layer of that sunbleached on there and it actually gives it like a whitewash look. Usually if I attempt to do a whitewash look on the final step I’ll usually mix up a white and just really water it down and then rub it on like a glaze but by using that stain, its already mixed up and easy to apply. I just rubbed it on and as soon as I put it on I was rubbing it off so it wouldn’t go on really thick or anything. This is what I ended up with. I even did it on the top. It was new looking having that nice dark stain that I actually sanded it just a little then I added some of that sunbleach on there and I think it really ties the top into the bottom. I think it turned out pretty cool. So I’m done with all the distressing and everything like that. Next thing I’m going to do is to put wax on the bottom. Clear wax then I’m going to use dark wax to really age the bottom and then on top I’m actually going to use a Polycryclic high gloss. I usually don’t use the gloss finishes but with the top having the design and everything I think it will really make it pop with a and nice shine to it. So I’m going to use Polycrylic which is just a water based polyurethane on top, wax on the bottom and then apply dark wax
and that should be the finishing steps to this project.

100 thoughts on “How-to Paint/Distress/Antique Furniture: DESK PROJECT: painting, distressing, staining

  1. Hey Bra… lol. Thanks for the vids man!!! Your really an inspiration to beginners. Taught me a lot so far… So thanks for what you are doing and keeps the sweet vids coming. Hope you get noticed for your work man! Here is one of my favorite saying you can use if you want for your next vid "Love, Peace, Chicken Grease" haha

  2. great video man! you have inspired me to do some pallet work and to find some old furniture and make it super sweet………… and grow a mustache.

  3. Thank you! Some I've sold, some are gifts, and some I keep. Yes, self taught, meaning I just make it up as I go! LOL I make or get for free/find most of my furniture. I've bought a few things at like a estate sale for super cheap.

  4. great videos mate, really inspiring, and a quirky sense of humor. i like how you don't stick to a set technique. you have given me some great ideas thank you

  5. i'm new to woodworking but your tutorials have helped me so much man. I'm currently working on a pallet table. I do have one question regarding distressing. Just wondering if the "wax" step was to add a look or more to protect it. Never fooled with wax. Thanks man

  6. Right on dude! Yeah, wax does both, protects and gives a cool look. Except it's not that great on High use areas like a desk top. So on that part I used regular poly.

  7. I love the art work and the top of the table. I just don't care for the color on the bottom. If it was all stained or all color I would like it. Really would have been nice just all stained different stain colors. But, of coarse as you see in your comments furniture like many things is all up to the individuals taste and many people do like it. Keep up the Great Work!! =)

  8. Really nice job. I wasn't sure at the beginning ,but  it turned out great. I do this for a living also Etsy Dianemarieshome

  9. Awesome! The top has inspired me to try that design but I'm gonna try it by doing a burn method, hope it works. Love ur vids!

  10. Your vids are awesome. And you're uber cute! I'm getting ready to distress a really good dresser I have. These videos are teaching me loads and you're highly entertaining as well. Props, Doll! 

  11. youre very talented man.. my favorite part of all this is looking at the negative, bullshit comments people leave.  im a wood worker also and custom builder..  no greater satisfaction than creating something from nothing, or repurposing stuff headed to the dump.  and the haters can run straight to hell for all I care

  12. Horrible how someone just 'cutted' the legs off that beautiful desk… Love it! ('Cutted'…would be something I would say too). You create the 'process' fun b/c there is no hard rule on how to refinish a piece–just paint and see what happens and change it up if it doesn't look right! 

  13. At 2:00, that scratch almost looks like you could use moisture to raise the grain and sand it out. I used to work at a custom cabinet shop, and we would use a regular clothes iron on full steam held 1/4" above the surface. You can use a heat gun or blow dryer to dry it out and then lightly sand. Repeat 2-3 times and many shallow scratches aren't detectable. Maybe for a future project. I have a basement door made of pine that the previous home owner's dog scratched up pretty good, and I think it will work even on that.

  14. How do you keep the wood putty from drying out so quickly?
    Is you fence made out of Pallet?
    Thanks for the videos… 

  15. This desk turned out excellent! And at first, I thought the yellow was gonna be too much. But no!! It is perfect! Especially with the sun and surf top! I am very impressed…and inspired. And digging the stache 🙂

  16. трещину в доске нужно сперва расточить, а потом уже шпаклевать. Иначе шпаклёвка  выкрошится

  17. I recently picked up restoring furniture and upcycling wood pallets, I'm definitely subscribing and using you as a go to guy! So jealous of the stache too! Haha

  18. That looks awesome! 
    Totally love the design! I'm subscribing now. Cant wait to see what else you come up with!

  19. Wow you've turned trash into an easy $500 piece. I know that smell and taste is always opinion but some people like Buddy Rowe should keep their shitty opinions to themselves , critiquing something they didn't make. I'm sure you've inspired many.that table is awesome. Keep being creative and positive thanks for everything

  20. Hate you combing the stache and got really tired of hearing "go ahead". HOWEVER; you did an absolutely beautiful job on the top and to take a piece of junk and turn it into art was amazing. I don't care for "distressing and antiquing" (I know that many do like it), but would definitely pay you to do the art. Taking fence posts and cutting them and using them as legs was inspired.

    I'm still amazed that such a simple design turned out so beautifully. And to do it freehand and with stain – awesome!

  21. I thought I was pretty creative, but you did an amazing job on this table!! I absolutely love the style, very fun and very unique!

  22. Congrats! You took an old piece of crap and made it look like an old piece of crap. Just kidding…. It looks awesome and I appreciate you showing the methods you used. Great job man!!!

  23. What a great table top to find in the trash. I can't believe anyone would toss it out. I am not crazy about the color choices but what really impresses me is the design you created on the table top. I've never seen anyone do this before and it inspires ME. Love it!!!

  24. your constant moustache grooming takes me back to my high school days. there was this black kid who had really really short, almost buzzed, hair and was always brushing it. don't know why but it always made my eye twitch. twitch
    #notracist

  25. The 'stache combing was perhaps funny the first time,..but wore out it's humor value immediately thereafter. I agree
    with Suellen. As for the work that was performed,…THAT was very inspiring. This guy has some serious potential as an instructor. I love that he takes a project that seems quite intimidating and just takes the stress away by approaching it with a laid back attitude. It really makes it fun to watch and inspirational as well. Nice work!

  26. Nice video…im new to wood working…
    But i am a licensed barber…if you like a fuller beard mustache and head hair i have a cheap easy answer.. BIOTIN vitamins WILL MAKE it grow..swear!! Utube it google it..scouts honor..

  27. I am a minute 20 into your video and my observation is you did a REAL project ! I see a lot of such videos where some ol lady does a 6×6 canvas and think they did something WHAT BULL SHIT SO i'LL SEE THE REST

  28. You definitely pulled off the distressed look. I know a lot of people that would love it. It may not be my style, but it is awesome for what you were aiming for.

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