During my recent vacation, I planned to finally paint my wooden tanker desk. Problem was, I couldn't figure out what color to paint it. I've been updating my living room from turquoise and red to a neutral color scheme of black and white.I like that it's one of those colors that looks different in light. In the daylight it appears bluer but at night in artificial light, it's more like a true teal/green-blue. Continue reading to learn more about this spiffy makeover and how I came across such a wonderful find.
I wavered between painting it in gray/white or turquoise/teal (my favorite color). While a neutral shade would’ve been practical, I thought “what the hey” and decided to go with color. I even went a step further and chose a different color than turquoise: green. I bought “Garden View,” in the Behr Premium Plus Ultra line; I wanted to eliminate extra work with a paint that included primer. This line of paint seems to have worked well so far.
Unfortunately, this color appeared much brighter when I started painting. Thankfully, I began this project with the desk drawers. I knew I wouldn’t be happy with seeing that color close up, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Plan B: new color. To save money, I used some leftover paint and only bought an additional quart of a color I’d previously used when I created some Moroccan-influenced wall art. It’s called “Pacific Sea Teal” and is in the same line of Behr paint that includes primer:
Even though I decided to paint my desk such a vivid teal, I’m okay with it being that one pop (albeit a large pop) of color in the living room. Everything else I’ve kept neutral. When I was considering a color, I weighed if the color would match ell with others if /when I change up my color scheme again. Perhaps I’m biased, but I couldn’t think of one color this teal wouldn’t look great with.
The other part of the desk’s makeover involved new drawer handles and re-doing the legs:
To make over the metal bottoms of the legs, I used painters tape to mask off the wooden parts, and then applied Rub n Buff in Silver Leaf. (That stuff is a miracle, I swear. ) Once the Rub n Buff was dry and I was satisfied with the coverage, I sealed the metal with Minwax Polycrylic protective finish. I also used this water-based finish on the rest of the desk after painting.
I’ve not yet perfected my painting furniture techniques, so I won’t be posting a tutorial. However, CentsationalGirl.com has some great information I’ve referenced for my pieces. You can find this information here.
All in all, I’m very happy with it. I still have this nagging thought in my head that I should’ve painted it in a neutral shade. But at least I know I’ll always love this color since it’s my favorite. It’s also one of those shades that just makes ya happy. And hey, if I get the itching for another furniture painting project, I can just repaint this.