Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue Desk

Aubusson Blue Desk

aubusson desk collage



Palm Sander

Hand Sander and 220-320 grit sandpaper

Polyshades Espresso Stain

 Foam Brush

Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint and Brush

Annie Sloan Clear Wax and Brush

Minwax Wood Conditioner

Aubusson Blue Desk

I found this desk for $20 ($20!) off a Facebook ad! Now, at this point my garage was overflowing with furniture to refinish and my husband put me on a “furniture hold” but I didn’t care, there was noway I was going to pass up on this beauty. Did I also mention the sellers delivered it to my house for free? Double score! I have this almost identical desk upstairs in our home and I loved how it turned out so I knew I wanted to do something similar; dark stain top, bright color base.


 The desk was already stripped of the existing stain so I didn’t even need to take a lot of time sanding. I took my palm sander and sanded the top with a fine grit (220) sandpaper to smooth and prep the surface. I conditioned the top of the desk with this Minwax Wood Conditioner prior to staining. Follow the instructions on your can as different brands have different directions.

desk makeover

I tend to question products that are “all in one!” or “1 step process!”….come on, are they really all in one or are you just trying to make money by scamming customers with a new product that is garbage?  I gave this a shot on our desk that we have in our office and I can actually say how pleased I am with how well it’s held up! This is one of those “all in one” products I will use again-like now! Following the directions, I applied two coats of this espresso stain and because it has the polyurethane included, it really was a “one step” process.


I love this color! Okay….I love every Annie Sloan color. It’s so hard to choose sometimes! This Aubusson Blue is a brilliant mix between teal and blue. The pictures don’t even do it justice.


I started painting the desk and sanded with 320 grit in-between coats to give it a nice smooth finish.


This picture was taken after the first coat was applied. It only took two coats of paint.


After the last coat of paint dried I lightly sanded (again) with 320 grit sandpaper and then waxed the entire desk with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I reattached the hardware and she was finished!





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