I was very excited to find this piece. This fabulous claw foot, antique writing desk caught my eye.
It is just gorgeous! Yes, the red is fantastic, but the top needed repair. The veneer was badly bubbled and peeling. I knew it couldn't stay red, plus I might want to keep it and red is just not me.
I took the top off (it easily just screwed off at the back), peeled all the veneer off, filled in cracks with wood filler and sanded it all down. Then filled and sanded again.
As I was painting it a pretty duck egg blue, I noticed 2 water marks appearing. When this happens, just put a coat of wax over the trouble areas then paint over it.
After painting it all, I reattached the top. Here is where I decided to go glam.
I highlighted some of the details with gold.
2 coats of wax were used to give it some protection and a nice finish._