Flea market finds are so great, but all too often, promising pieces are overlooked because of minor superficial flaws. You can't blame a 100-year-old piece for being a little beat up! All it needs is a little love and affection...and a bucketload of elbow grease.
This 1920s vintage sewing desk was a real diamond in the rough. In their prime, these pieces were utilitarian parts of households, so they experienced wear and tear. But...after some unique detailing with just a Sharpie and some watercolors, it became something else entirely!
How do you get this Alphonse Mucha piece on the top of an old seweing table?
As always, you've got to sand down the whole piece first.
Lots and lots of sanding.
Then, you bust out your inner artist with a little bit of penciling followed by the Sharpie.
...Be very, very careful!
Then you start to add some subtle pops with watercolors.
Watered-down acrylic does the trick for the face, just to make it stand out more.
Once the image is up to your standards, give it three coats of clear acrylic top coat.
You do, of course, have to do the less fun part of sanding and top-coating the rest of the bits and bobs of the desk.
Then, once everything is all dry, put it all together and give it some prime real estate in your home!
Even the animals will love it!
If you find a beautiful piece like this desk, why wouldn't you make it one of a kind like this? You can create any design you dream up. If you're not as artistically inclined, go for something a little more geometric or traceable...or recruit that friend who has an MFA in studio arts in exchange for some homemade cookies and mulled cider.