After seeing tons of campaign dresser makeovers I knew I had to get my hands on one. I ended up finding a campaign dresser on craigslist and the person also had the matching desk. The brass corners had been painted over and the desk needed a new paint job (it looks fine in the picture, but it was not).
Taking off the brass corners was a pain, but once they were off, I stripped them. I tried to use Brasso to clean off the drawer pulls and corners, but it did take off all of the dirt and oxidation that happened overtime. I found that Bar Keeper's Friend worked to get them cleaned up. There are still some spots that don't look as gold and shiny, but it's from the 60's. I can't expect perfection.
I used an off white color on the outside of the desk, and a navy on the drawers. I waxed the whole piece, then put the hardware back on. I think the white, navy and gold give the desk a nautical look. It would look cute in a kids bedroom!
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