ASCP Custom Gray Desk

Do you guys remember the desk I bought late last year? It’s been hanging out in my booth for a few months now. When we worked to bring touches of Spring to the space a few weeks ago, I decided if it hadn’t sold by the end of March I would paint it.

Even as I was driving to The Pickers Market I wasn’t sure that I could actually paint it. I knew I had to do something to give it a second chance though. Being a vendor is all about buying and selling with every inch of space vital real estate.

Over the past few years I’ve learned that things sell better when the booth has a collected and cohesive look. Amidst all the cottage whites and texture from baskets, you can tell something is out of place here almost immediately…


…which helped make the decision to paint so much easier. We brought it to the painting area in the back of the store and set to work giving this desk a makeover. Here’s another look at the desk before I started painting…


The desk has such elegant lines and pretty accents I decided it needed a paint color that was just as elegant. I mixed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Gray, Old White and French Linen to create a pale gray.


I was a little nervous about it at first because it looked almost white when I applied it to the desk. This is after the first coat…


it brightened up the details almost immediately.


After the second coat, I realized there wasn’t a need to be nervous anymore. The pale gray was totally dreamy.


I left all of the original hardware in tact and added a bit of light distressing around the sides, corners and accent details. If you’re new to distressing “light distressing” means you use a softer grit sandpaper or sanding block (220-320 grit) and a light touch to distress. The result makes it look like natural wear and tear.


After the light distressing, I applied a coat of clear furniture paste wax and buffed with a lint free cloth. I also added a desk chair to help complete the look.


We placed it back in my booth (thanks Linda!) and the very next day…IT SOLD! I could not believe it! I’ll be keeping the roads hot looking for the perfect replacement piece.


See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll have bedroom makeover reveal from the River Ranch project.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – Congratulations! We can see why the desk sold. is beautiful! We too have had angst over painting a piece of furniture. Sometimes you just have to give your customers exactly what they want. It is obvious that you made the right decision!

    1. I appreciate the vote of confidence, ladies, thank you! I know you guys know first hand what it’s like to have to paint something you’re on the fence about. Hugs, CoCo

  2. It turned out awesome, Coco! (did you ever use the side of a white candle? Rub it randomly along the grooves and crannys of your furniture before painting. When paint is dry, use soft rag to wipe off paint where the wax relief was. No sanding needed!) Happy Monday!

    1. You’re blowing my mind, Mary Beth! I totally have to try that. Thank you so much for the fun tip and your sweet words! Hugs, Coco

  3. CoCo – I absolutely love the custom color that you made! And that the desk sold so quickly!! Hope you are having a wonderful week.


    1. I appreciate that, Shayla, thank you! I thought about you all last week because I painted something every day 🙂 Hope your week is fantastic too, CoCo

    1. Thanks, Kimm! It’s hard to see pieces that you love sit sometimes so I’m excited we were able to give this one a fresh feel. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Gorgeous Coco! It was beautiful before but looks equally beautiful now 🙂 You did such a lovely job! Hope your week is going well. Hugs, Lisa

    1. You’re so sweet, Lisa, thank you! The ladies that run the store told me it went home with a young girl decorating her first apartment which is really awesome. Hugs, CoCo

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