Our second pretty painted-furniture piece today is this gorgeous metallic herringbone desk by restoration expert Ann Marie of Twice Lovely. It’s incredible what some elbow grease and a good wood stain can do for damaged wood, and if you can believe it, the pattern on this desk was drawn freehand with a simple metallic paint pen! I absolutely love this idea; I’ll have to convince Grace and Amy that something in the new D*S office gets this metallic herringbone treatment. I’m guessing it won’t be too hard to persuade them :) Great work, Ann Marie! — Kate
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Time: 4 hours
Cost: $12 for new hardware, $10 in other supplies already on hand (Minwax Dark Walnut Stain, Satin Verathane Poly, Black Satin Spray Paint, Silver Paint Pen)
1. Sand the finish on the body of the desk down to the raw wood with an orbital sander and by hand.
2. Apply two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain to the raw wood.
3. Apply Satin Finish Verathane Poly over the stain.
4. Spray the drawers with Black Satin Spray Paint.
5. Draw vertical lines with a pencil as a guide for the herringbone design.
6. Freehand draw the vertical lines with a silver paint pen.
7. Freehand draw the diagonal ticking with the silver paint pen.
8. Add new hardware.
My advice is to stay loose and don’t stress when drawing the herringbone. The imperfections and variations in your spacing are what give it the organic and loose feel that sets this pattern apart from the very measured and geometric chevron. — Ann Marie