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Tree Branch Desk Update

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Tree Branch Desk Update
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Tree Branch Desk Update

designed by Cristina Smith

Branch out with this new furniture piece using Americana Decor® Chalky Finish paint.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Lace (ADC02)
  • Vintage (ADC17)

Americana Decor® Crème Waxes

  • Clear (ADM01)

Americana® Stencils

  • Feathered Friends (12" x 12") (ASMM33)

Glues and Adhesives

  • Americana® Wood Filler (DS103)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • soft cloth
  • pencil
  • painter's tape
  • screwdriver
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • cosmetic sponge
  • small liner brush
  • craft knife
  • school desk
  • drill and small drill bit
  • putty knife
  • 4" foam roller


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Remove all hardware and handles from the desk.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Remove any warped veneer with a craft knife and sandpaper. Fill the damaged spaces and unwanted hardware holes with Americana Wood Filler. Let dry. When dry, sand to level the surface.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Clean all surfaces of the desk with a damp cloth. Tape off any areas that won't receive paint with painter's tape. Using a 3/4" flat brush and a 4" foam roller, apply Lace to the entire piece. Apply as many coats as needed, allowing the paint to dry between coats.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Tape off any sides of drawers with painter's tape. Paint the front and sides of the drawers using a roller and Lace.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Drill holes for the hardware placement. Attach the hardware temporarily to map out the branch. Lightly free-hand the outline of the branches on the piece of furniture. (For added realism, make sure that the branches get thinner as they climb higher.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. Using a small liner brush, fill in the pencil design with Vintage.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Position a bird of choice from the Americana Feathered Friends Stencil onto a branch, as desired. Use painter's tape to hold the stencil in place and a cosmetic sponge to apply Vintage. Remove the stencil carefully while the paint is still wet.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Using a soft cloth, rub Clear Crème Wax over the entire piece. Cover all surfaces. Attach the hardware.
    Step 7 Example