Dip dyed klein blue//persimmon mid century desk with polished copper accent

By Door Thirty Four in Orpington, Kent, GB

Mid century pieces are my absolute favourite. I love the sharp lines & shapes and they perfectly compliment my style - bold, crisp & clean.

Earlier this year I had a number of clients seeking mid century desks and dressing tables are often the perfect solution. This Wrighton number had stolen my heart with it's shape and triple mirror and whilst the mirror didn't make the cut with this makeover, it has been repurposed on another piece.

I don't think I will ever get over my love affair with GF klein blue. From the first moment I saw it, I was hooked. And dip dying this piece seemed like a no brainer. Thankfully it wasn't too testing in the prep stage. Once the holes had been filled with my not-so-secret best friend - car body filler - it was cleaned and sanded and cleaned again. 

I paint really well with 80s tunes blaring out in the background, so with the help of Duran Duran and my favourite Breakin' soundtrack, the persimmon went on like a dream. A few coats later and it was left to dry until the next day before I measured out and applied the frog tape. I had learnt a trick from an American girl on the west coast years before, so I ran over the tape edge with top coat to activate the paint lock. Genius.

The klein blue took a few coats but the end result is worth it. Anyone can tell how much I adore this colour from the sheer number of blue stained paintbrushes in the kitchen! I'm not sure what I enjoyed more - painting the blue or removing the tape! High Peformance Top Coat is always my finish of choice. I applied a few more coats than usual to the top as I was conscious that this was to be used as a desk. The original wooden knobs were saved for another day and I attached new polished copper handles. They blend so well with the blue and orange - a match made in heaven.

I am not sure that the desk found it's way to the intended owner. The buyer emailed me as soon as it had arrived to say that he loved it so much he didn't want to give it to his daughter and was thinking of keeping it for himself! That's simply the best feedback you could hope for. Job well done. Klein blue - what we gonna do next?!


Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesModern Love

Color Recipe

  • Half cup persimmon with a teaspoon snow white

Products Used

  • GF milk paint in 'persimmon'
  • GF milk paint in 'snow white'
  • GF milk paint in 'klein blue'
  • GF High Performance Top Coat in satin
  • Blackfriars Problem Solving Primer

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