The Desk That Took Some Taming

This desk glared at me for months before I decided to tackle it, I should have known it was going to give me a run for my money. I didn't have any firm plan and that was my first mistake.  
I tried to sand the top first and it was more work than I wanted to undertake. Also, I wasn't sure what kind of paint had been used It could have been a lead-based, please always be careful when stripping furniture, wear a mask and do it in a well-ventilated area.  
The paint was not flaking anywhere but it was very uneven, so I decided to go with the flow and create a textured surface using tissue paper. I wrapped the desk up like a parcel, covering every part of it with crumpled tissue paper stuck on with glue  
The top got the same treatment.  
And the drawers. The knobs were glued in so tight, so I decided to leave them in situ and work around them. Removing them would have made more work.  
Once the tissue was dry I painted the desk in Fusion Mineral Paint™ in Azure, a stunning blue, reminiscent of the Tiffany blue. The perfect pairing for this colour was a bright gold.  
I added a raised stencil to the top to create an embossed surface using drywall compound and a regular stencil from Royal Design Studio.
The link to the stencil is here
 
You can see the texture here created with the tissue. The bright gold is a perfect pairing for Azure.  
The top was sanded lightly after the stencil was applied, then painted and top coated with Minwax Polycrylic Gloss. It feels like embossed leather
 
I added some gold pinstripes to the front details, creating a little bit of whimsy
 
And here she is in all her beautiful glory. From brown and drab to a stunning beauty, reminiscent of a Tiffany box.
Thank you for stopping by, I am off to have a cup of Tea!  
Materials I used for this project:

Fusion Mineral Paint™ Azure   (local supplier)
Stencil   (Royal Design Studio)
Minwax Polycrylic   (Home Depot)
 
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