Red Desk with Dark Kukui Stained Top
What happens when you cross a Jersey Tomato Red color with a Dark Hawaiian Kukui Stained Top? You get magic. And a beautiful new creation. Don’t you love the play of the Tomato Red with the Dark Kukui Stain?
I got this desk for FREE from my Hairapist. She is SO GOOD to me. She had recently remodeled her daughter’s bedroom. This quaint SOLID WOOD desk no longer felt comfortable mingling with the sleek Sophisticated type vibe that was going on in there now. It was like Fashion week had taken over and there was no more room for a good solid standard. Suddenly this desk felt SO YESTERDAY.
Enter moi. I stripped the top layer of paint off the desk. Then sanded thoroughly with a palm sander using 220, then hand sanding at 320. I used a TACK CLOTH to wipe off any excess dust. Now for the STAIN! If you haven’t yet tried CeCe Caldwell’s all new line of 100% ALL NATURAL STAINS, with a FINISH, you are in for a BIG treat.
No smell, no sticky residue. If you can wipe down a countertop, you can use this stain. Using a staining pad, I applied one thin coat of the Kukui Stain and let dry according to directions. When dry, I lightly sanded again and repeated the tack cloth. I added three more layers to get the color very, very dark.
Now I turned my attention to the desk. CeCe Caldwell’s 100% natural chalk and clay based paints have some gorgeous new colors available. I LOVE the new JERSEY TOMATO RED. I painted the body of the piece in just two coats of the red.
The new stains have a finish (protective coat) already in them. So I skipped the top and moved right on to the body of the desk and finished it my favorite hard wearing ENDURANCE. Check out my VIDEO HOW TO with Endurance, my dog totally photo bombed it.
To tone down the redness and make a perfect marriage between the Dark Kukui Stain and The Jersey Tomato Red paint, I used a little CeCe Caldwell’s Aging Cream. It is a wonderful accent to add to areas where you just want some natural aging. Funny that we want AGING CREAM for our furniture, and ANTI AGING cream for our faces…..
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PS If you would like to see the versatility of the color of KUKUI stain, check out my Bookshelf Turned Rolling Cart HERE.