The drawer fronts were in great condition, but the veneer on the top was a mess with some gouges in it and the veneer on the desktop and sawhorse legs didn't match. So, this desk was the perfect candidate for a blended paint and stained wood treatment.
I removed all the hardware and spray painted it a soft brass. I had hoped to polish the hardware but I realized that wasn't going to resort in the luster I wanted.
The desk body and legs got a rough sanding to prep for paint, and the deepest scratches filled, while the drawer fronts got a careful sanding to remove the current finish. The top has vertical bands of the same wood veneer on the drawer fronts so I opted to paint around them to add in some contrast on the desktop.
I primed the desk and legs and painted it in a custom color. Its a slate-y blue with gray undertones. Its all sealed with polycrylic. The drawer fronts' original stain color was grayish and drab so I used Minwax Red Oak to give them a warm, honeyish tone. They are finished with a wipe-on polyurethane.
I love how the cool blue paint and warm wood tones compliment each other. I think my favorite feature is how the hardware now pops.
Actually, nope, my favorite feature are the new drawer liners - maps from Hertfordshire, England!
This campaign desk will be one my featured items at The Blend in August.