Now this one sat in my head for awhile- I was itching to try it but didn't have anything to try it on. Until one day I was working in my office and while completely focusing on the task at hand I started mentally redoing my office. It is a combination of a lot of black furniture... blah. Now all of the furniture is nice and functional so that does not equal me getting anything new in there- but what if we could repurpose some of it.... and the wheels started turning! Or as the hubs might refer to it... chaos started happening.... whatev.
The desk. It's a nice desk and when I tell you where I got it you are probably going to have some pretty strong reactions to me touching it but I decided I knew what was best... not ahem... Pottery Barn.
Here she is...
Yes, that's right... but we bought it as a floor model and it had dings in it already so I didn't feel as bad doing my own thing to it- and we've had it for like five years so that's a long time for me not to mess with something- so all of my rationalizations added up and I ran off to Walmart for some tin foil!
My lovely friend gave me some tips:
Tear your pieces before you start so that you can just keep on going
Crumple some pieces up and then carefully smooth out to have some interest in the foil
Prepare to be covered in Mod Podge
Overlap each piece of foil
This isn't supposed to look perfect and smooth so don't kill yourself over any one piece
Now this isn't meant to be done on a highly used piece of furniture- it isn't fragile but you would want to be a bit more careful with it- which is why I decided not to do the top of the desk- just the base.
Once I was done with the foil and peeling off the mod podge from my hands- I started rubbing a thin layer of dark stain and then wiping it off almost immediately which gave it a darker gold/silver look.
I then brushed on a light layer of Minwax water based poly.
I also spray painted the hardware a soft gold for more contrast because it was just a silver before.
Best tip I can give for painting hardware is to put them out on paper plates or a big piece of cardboard and put the screws directly into it so you can spray them upright.
I was too impatient to completely clean off my desk and do an amazing photo shoot so.... tada.... my version of industrial chic!
Before you get too critical- I am going to take better photos of it when the whole office is done later but it really doesn't photograph well- hard to see the depth of it. But, I love it- so much more interesting than all the black- and it is giving me some more inspiration for the room but you will just have to wait and see...
Have a great one!
Beneath My Heart