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Writing Desk

Ethan Allen Writing Desk

A very worn and abused piece turns into a Vintage Keeper!

Walking through an indoor flea market, we noticed this writing desk and its unappealing condition. Thick lacquer and multiple scratches, requiring stripping, sanding, restaining and painting – would it be worth all the effort? We said yes!

The fun begins!

Watch the one minute video and then scroll down to see the additional photos of the process and the transformation! Check out the Paintbrush GIVEAWAY at the bottom as well.

 

The Process . . .

We removed all the hardware.

Mask, goggles and gloves, the stripping process began!

Sanding with 80 grit then switching to 220 grit for a final smooth finish.

Taking it back to its natural state!

We used the Zibra Triangle Brush for all the staining and painting. The Triangle provides clean lines and holds the stain and paint with great release and control giving us the smoothest finish possible.

We lightly wiped excess stain with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Now for the paint! Using the Zibra Triangle on this piece made the job so much easier and a lot of fun!

We decided to tape the areas where the stain meets the paint. It is imperative that once you put the tape down you go back with the backside of your fingernail or a small putty knife and press the tape down firmly to keep paint from seeping up under the tape. We also recommend that you use an X-acto knife to create a defined separation between paint and tape before you pull up the tape.

We wanted to keep a natural look combining the wood stain along with the paint. We did use Chalk-Tique’s Paste Wax on both the paint and stain. It went on easily and left a nice smooth finish.

Here is the final reveal!

We went with larger more ornate hardware that matched the paint color.

Minwax English Chestnut; Valspar Mocha Syrup

   

We used the Zibra Triangle brush on the entire project from staining to painting!

PAINTBRUSH GIVEAWAY!!

We are giving away a Zibra Paintbrush Kit shown below. Kit contains a Zibra Triangle, Square, Round, 2″ Palm Pro Cut In, 2″ Chiseled Wedge and comes in a wooden box! COMMENT AND SHARE TO BE ENTERED. Leave a comment and tell us where you shared the blog post and be entered in the paintbrush kit GIVEAWAY. All those that comment and share will be entered into the random drawing. Contest closes Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Noon EST. The winner will be announced below the kit photo Wednesday, May 3!

CONGRATULATIONS TO HOLLIE R!

Winner of the Paintbrush GIVEAWAY! Thank you to all who participated!

If you like the result, provide some inspiration for your friends! Consider sharing on your social media venues!

 

73 Comments
  • Susan Shipe
    Posted at 06:56h, 25 April Reply

    This is awesome – I would like to win the desk!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 07:21h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Susan! The desk is taken!!

  • Mike Sherman
    Posted at 07:44h, 25 April Reply

    Love the stain and paint combination. So much more visually appealing.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:51h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Mike!

  • Kaycee F
    Posted at 10:56h, 25 April Reply

    What a beautiful piece! All you hard work and effort certainly shows! I love these types of tutorials, they are really helpful! I do appreciate you tips with using the painters tape and removing it! Thanks for sharing!

    I am sharing on my facebook page!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:03h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Kaycee! So glad you are inspired and find the tutorial helpful! You have been entered into the GIVEAWAY!!

  • Ashley Ciera Patrick
    Posted at 11:24h, 25 April Reply

    Shared on Facebook under name “Ashley Ciera”. Love the transformation of this desk, amazing!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 12:22h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Ashley! You have been entered into the GIVEAWAY!!

  • Kathy Cullen
    Posted at 14:12h, 25 April Reply

    I’m just starting out and would love to try these!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:58h, 25 April Reply

      That’s great Kathy! Make sure you share the blog post on your social media and let us know so we can include you in the GIVEAWAY! We are eager for you try Zibra brushs as well!

  • Val @ Love My DIY Home
    Posted at 14:54h, 25 April Reply

    Shared on my FB group, Furniture Flipping Forum!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:58h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Val!! You are entered into the GIVEAWAY!

  • Cindy Sircy
    Posted at 15:07h, 25 April Reply

    Beautiful desk! Hopefully I’ll win the brushes! Thanks!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:21h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you Cindy! Let us know if you shared on your social media so we can enter you into the GIVEAWAY!

  • Joni Cravener DeBacco
    Posted at 15:09h, 25 April Reply

    Gorgeous work! This piece turned out amazing….Love Zibra brushes. Shared on my home page!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:21h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Joni! You are entered into the GIVEAWAY!

  • Debora Case
    Posted at 17:59h, 25 April Reply

    I’m just starting to get into this & would LOVE this set of brushes!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 18:24h, 25 April Reply

      Deborah, let us know you shared on your social media venues and we’ll enter you in the giveaway!

  • Margaret E Waters​​
    Posted at 20:06h, 25 April Reply

    I always thought that I hated painted furniture, but Zebra has totally won me over. I will share on my Facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:41h, 25 April Reply

      Thanks Margaret! So glad you like it, you’ll have to share photos when you do this on one of your projects! You are entered into the Giveaway!

  • Kimberly Kollasch
    Posted at 09:31h, 26 April Reply

    Love it what a beautiful redo

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:12h, 26 April Reply

      Thank you Kimberly! Let us know if you shared on social media so you can be entered in the giveaway!

  • Paula Garakani
    Posted at 10:04h, 26 April Reply

    Lovely transformation! Would love to give your brushes a try!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:41h, 26 April Reply

      Thanks so much Paula! Let us know that you shared on your social media so you can be entered in the giveaway!

  • Julie Cornwell
    Posted at 10:19h, 26 April Reply

    Great work, looks amazing!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:42h, 26 April Reply

      Thanks Julie! Let us know you shared on your social media so you can be entered in the giveaway!

  • Genia Kendrick
    Posted at 13:05h, 26 April Reply

    Wow! Beautiful transformation! Would love to win the brushes.

    • Genia Kendrick
      Posted at 13:07h, 26 April Reply

      Shared on Facebook Genia Grace Kendrick

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:18h, 26 April Reply

      Thank you Genia!!You have been entered in the GIVEAWAY!

  • Cindy Downing
    Posted at 13:43h, 26 April Reply

    Shared on my personal facebook page

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:46h, 26 April Reply

      Great, thanks Cindy! You are entered in the Giveaway!

  • Mechele McDaniel Rose
    Posted at 14:05h, 26 April Reply

    Gorgeous desk . I am a big fan of the Zibra paint brushes. Sharing on my personal facebook page.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:16h, 26 April Reply

      Thank you on both counts Mechele!! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Tracy Toon
    Posted at 14:15h, 26 April Reply

    Shared on my facebook page from Athens, Alabama !

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 14:17h, 26 April Reply

      You are entered in the giveaway Tracy!

  • Hollie Rash
    Posted at 18:59h, 26 April Reply

    I shared on Facebook. I bought my first Zibra brush and it was awesome!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 21:23h, 26 April Reply

      Glad you like your Zibra brush! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Donna Laur
    Posted at 20:04h, 26 April Reply

    I am a newbie giving new life to the old and discarded, these brushes would give me a great boost to my creativity. shared on my Facebook account. thanks for the chance.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 21:24h, 26 April Reply

      Great Donna! Let us know you shared it on your social media and we’ll enter you in the giveaway!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 08:56h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks Thea! You are entered in the GIVEAWAY!

  • Brenda Van Riper
    Posted at 07:40h, 27 April Reply

    I shared this on my facebook page

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 08:56h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks Brenda, you are entered in the Giveaway!

  • Barb Baker
    Posted at 07:53h, 27 April Reply

    Wow! The desk is beautiful and the brushes look awesome. I would love to try them.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 08:56h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks Barb! Make sure you let us know you shared on your social media so we can enter you in the Giveaway!

  • Elaine Herron
    Posted at 08:05h, 27 April Reply

    Shared on Facebook.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 08:57h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks Elaine! You are entered in the Giveaway!

  • Marisa
    Posted at 13:14h, 27 April Reply

    Shared on my facbook pageL The Dresser Diva…this Diva needs new paintbrushes!!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 13:31h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks for participating Marisa! You are entered in the Giveaway!

  • Val @ Love My DIY Home
    Posted at 14:22h, 27 April Reply

    One day I will try these brushes!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 16:56h, 27 April Reply

      Hopefully very soon Val!!

  • Moonalisa Crabass
    Posted at 20:52h, 27 April Reply

    Love this desk! Thanks for sharing your refinishing process. I love seeing how someone uses their tools to achieve the awesome results seen here. I’m dying to get my hands on some of these brushes, but money has been really tight…so keeping my fingers crossed! Shared here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/124271270950553388/ and https://twitter.com/MoonalisaCrbass/status/857759029099212800

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 08:58h, 28 April Reply

      Thanks Moonalisa! You are entered in the Giveaway!

  • Fonda Rush
    Posted at 21:08h, 27 April Reply

    I could use some specialty paintbrushes! Even after living here for about 1.5 years, we are still painting and decorating. Lots yet to do…painting walls, painting decor, painting furniture! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I shared on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fonda.rush

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:00h, 28 April Reply

      You do have a lot of work to do and the brushes would be a great help! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Michelle Krutz
    Posted at 22:21h, 27 April Reply

    Excellent detailing!
    Gotta love these brushes!!!❤️

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:03h, 28 April Reply

      THanks Michelle! You mentioned that you shared on your facebook on facebook – you are entered in the giveaway!

  • December Tarter
    Posted at 07:21h, 28 April Reply

    Such a cute desk! I love these paint brushes. They are my go to. I started using them to wax my pieces as the bristles are so soft. I use them for applying my paint to now to. Shared this post on my FB page!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 09:03h, 28 April Reply

      Thanks December Tarter! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Anita Long
    Posted at 19:47h, 29 April Reply

    Beautiful writing desk. I love the paint/stain combination. Shared on Facebook!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 22:56h, 29 April Reply

      Thanks Anita! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Judy homer
    Posted at 12:00h, 30 April Reply

    Wow!! Beautiful piece. Looks like these brushes make redoing furniture much easier. Looking forward to trying these brushes out when I redo my next project. Do I find them at specialty wood shops or big box retailers?

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:46h, 01 May Reply

      Thanks so much Judy! You can find select brushes at The Home Depot and Lowes. Let us know you shared on your social media so we can enter you in the giveaway!

  • Molly King-Melfi
    Posted at 15:08h, 01 May Reply

    Boy could I use those paintbrushes!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:43h, 01 May Reply

      Let us know you shared this blog on your social media so you can be entered in the giveaway!

  • Julie Briones
    Posted at 21:07h, 01 May Reply

    I would LOVE to try your brushes. I have heard WONDERFUL things about them! Shared on Facebook!

    • Julie Briones
      Posted at 21:08h, 01 May Reply

      I will be launching a blog soon, and would love to feature them in a post! 😀

      • Lane Ball
        Posted at 23:12h, 01 May Reply

        That would be great Julie!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 23:11h, 01 May Reply

      We are excited for you to try our brushes Julie! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Sheri Brandon
    Posted at 22:58h, 01 May Reply

    Love this makeover!! I picked up some Zibra brushes at Home Depot a little while back to paint the walls… never thought about using them to paint furniture. Shared it on Pintrest!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 23:14h, 01 May Reply

      You will love them for painting furniture as well Sheri! You are entered in the giveaway!

  • Moira
    Posted at 23:15h, 01 May Reply

    Love the transformation! I heard about these brushes from Kim Groll Scornavacco -she loves them! I would use the brushes to re-do a table that my Dad made over 75 years ago! I hope I win!! I’ll share on my fb page!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 23:19h, 01 May Reply

      Thanks Moira! Wow, how cool to have a table your Dad made so many years ago – I hope you’ll share the refinished table with us when you finish the project. You are entered in the giveaway!

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