Old Barn Desk & Chair

I love getting inspiration from things I pass by daily.

As I’ve mentioned before, we live out in the hill country of Texas.  While we live in a neighborhood with 1 acre lots, there are ranches all around us.  Each day we drive pass a large ranch that is right down the road from our house.  I love looking at the beautiful cows and longhorns, but the old barn tin is a favorite of mine!

Here you can see the actual barn in the background…

(As much as I would love to take credit for this picture, I copied it from their site.. The Knibbe Ranch.  I’m not sure how they’d feel if I had pulled over and started taking pictures.)

I love the way the rust peeks through the tin roof and I wanted to see if I could replicate it on a piece of furniture.  So here is what I did…

We took my old turquoise desk from my office.  (Remember, my office has since gone through a few makeovers which you can see here, here, and here.)

You may think it looks gorgeous from this far away shot, but what you can’t see are the globs of paint, over paint, over paint.  It really was horrendous! (This would be a Craigslist purchase from a few years back.  We drove for over an hour to go see it, and once we got there, I knew it wasn’t painted well, but I just couldn’t say no.  Ugh!!  I’ve gotten much braver since then.)

I wanted to sell the desk as is and just be done with it, but Hubby was a little more adventurous and wanted to strip the desk and let me repaint it.

I HATE using a chemical stripper!!  I’ve done it a few times, and it is just a horrible process.  Since the hubby was so eager to try it, I let him have all the fun.

We found turquoise, white, AND yellow paint on this old desk.

After spending ALL DAY stripping, sanding and picking out old paint from the grooves, it was finally over.  Hubby agreed to NEVER attempt that again!

Since I was looking for an aged barn look, I decided to paint the desk first in AS Primer Red.

Then, I painted over the Red in Paris Grey.

Finally I lightly distressed it so the red would peek through.

I used an old feed sack to cover the chair.

And I added red knobs to complete the look.

So, maybe not exactly a barn desk, but I think it turned out lovely!

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Looks awesome! The red knobs really set it off. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous! I think the bits of red paint showing through make the name perfect for it! {you know, because everyone thinks of barns as being red} And the knobs are perfect for it. I would LOVE a dexk like this!

  3. It came out great!

  4. I love it!

  5. Always so much fun….and mess to strip a piece but the finished product was great. Nice job.

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