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The Orange Crush Desk Makeover

Orange desk

Orange is one of my favorite colors.

I’ve had this can of ASCP in Barcelona, just waiting for the right piece.  I came across this small desk and thought it would be perfect.

I mixed the Barcelona with Pure White to create my perfect orange.  And I got busy with this fun desk makeover.

Desk drawers

I used sand paper to distress a little here and there, and a new to me waxing technique to tone down the orange.  I’ll be sharing more about the technique later.  

I wanted the desk to look fresh and fun, not Halloweeny.

Limed desk top


You can see how the waxing and distressed areas on the top add interest and depth.  

orange desk


Drawer fronts before the hardware was added.

orange desk

I think it would look great beside a bed or in a small office or any place that you need a pop of color.

Orange seat cover

I had a chair with similar lines that I painted off white and added a coordinating fabric.  The chair would have looked great painted orange, but I didn’t want to over do it.

Coordinating chair and deskPerfect mates, at least I think so 🙂

Orange Crush Desk


What do you think?  Are you crushin’ on orange like I am??


Sharing at:  Miss Mustard Seed, Between Naps on the Porch









  1. I love the color, and also the contrast of the white chair with the fabric to tie it together. It’s a great looking little set.

  2. Where did you get the hardware? I am missing one bail pull just like yours on my desk. I have looked at many online stores but can’t find any.

  3. Orange is my FAVORITE color too! And such great lines on the desk. Beautiful job.

  4. Wow! The desk looks amazing! I love the orange color (almost coral) and I have an obsession with faux bamboo, so it is just my style! Thanks for sharing.

  5. AWESOME color! Love the desk.

  6. LOVE the desk makeover….look forward to a step by step of technique. I so want to learn to do this.

  7. You had me at “crush.” Can you do a Grape Crush as well? (I used to ride my bike four miles to the store to get me a grape or orange crush. LOL It is an awesome transformation and the chair is perfect for it. Just catchin’ up on everything I missed while I was away. You’ve been busy!

  8. I love orange! I have a couple campaign desks to do and I am thinking orange for one of them. Orange is great!

  9. Sweet job!! love that shade of orange 🙂

  10. I think I’d actually look forward to working if I had a desk like that!

  11. I like the colors and the bamboo details of this desk. I really like the fabric you chose for the chair.

  12. That is the perfect shade of orange. Beautiful transformation!

  13. Love the desk but I am seriously crushing on the chair! Great job!

  14. You’re like the “furniture whisperer,” Debbie! I’m not kidding … you know how to *talk* to a piece to see what it needs to bring it to life, with this sweet desk being no exception! I love that you left the chair white and coordinated it with the desk by adding such a great, fun fabric to the seat!

  15. I happen to love that color too. Love the desk!

  16. Debbie, I’ve loved orange since the ’70s and it’s even better today. Great job on the desk.

  17. I’m definitely crushing on orange these days, Debbie! The desk turned out fabulous. I really like the white glazing (?) that you added. It suits the desk perfectly.

  18. I’m on the hunt for 2 desks for my girls rooms and this would work perfectly!

    Love the bamboo trim – another beauty as usual Debbie!

  19. I’m smitten 🙂 love the color and the fabric on the chair…..SUPER CUTE!!

  20. Me too I love orange, I love the way it turned out your dresser here and really shows off the detail of the dresser.

  21. I do love Orange! This is beautiful, fun, and a truly welcome sight this time of the year!

  22. I would have never, ever considered orange, but this is delightful! It is so refreshing! I’m surprised to see how great orange looks after it has been distressed, and the desk plays so nicely with the chair. Pure creativity!

  23. Beautiful…..did you mix some white paint into your wax???? Colored waxes are a great technique!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  24. Orange you glad you did those pieces as you did? Sorry but that old riddle popped into my head. Seriously that chair with that fabric (hope you bought lots, it’s gorgeous) is perfect with that desk.

  25. I think thats the BOMB!!!!…I love love pops of color im actually working on a piece now thats a REAL POP OF WOW WEE BABY!! Im also on the hunt for a desk or nice table to fix up the Hubbys office. I love the ORANGE!!! Looks Great.


  26. You did a fantastic job on this desk! I don’t really like orange as a general rule but this piece has me rethinking my position!;)

  27. I’m not a huge orange fan, but this is such a fun pop of color, I may have to rethink. 🙂
    xo Heidi

  28. love it!! such a fun color perfect for that style!

  29. Loving the orange Debbie..it just looks yummY!

  30. Debbie I love the color on the desk! The chair adds the perfect finishing touch. The fabric is great!

  31. I painted two dressers in Barcelona last year- I love them both!

  32. I do like orange, and I like black. And I have a lot of black accents. And you know what happens when you mix orange and black. So I don’t do it after a few “scary” attempts.


  33. Debbie,
    The desk makeover looks outstanding…that is a beautiful shade of orange.


  34. I LOVE it, Debbie! The fabric choice totally makes the whole desk look amazing! Plus, as a TN girl, I always love orange! Nice work! xo

  35. Looks fabulous! I bought some orange paint when I did my Halloween chair, but unfortunately was in a hurry and got semi-gloss. Ick! So, it’s no good for something like a cool desk like this. I really like that you toned it down just enough, but it’s still fun and cool! The chair is perfect too!

  36. Debbie, that is so fantastic! I love the coordinating on the chair, too! 🙂

  37. Love that color. I was wondering what shade and brand of paint. Awesome piece & I think the color perfectly matches the style.

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