Another French Provincial project! I picked up this desk along with these side tables a couple of years ago.
I think they were actually a few of the very first pieces of furniture I bought when I decided to start painting – so, I’ve probably had them at least 3.5 years (but who’s counting) and planned to refinish them for our daughter's room. At that time I’d done a little research on painting, but wasn’t aware of the necessity of adding a protective coat over the paint. I think after the primer, I actually painted the desk in an eggshell latex paint and left it at that! The desk sat in my daughters room for probably 2 years and was sadly looking pretty shabby...and not in a chic way! I finally decided to drag it back down to the garage and refinish it properly!
The desk didn’t come with a chair, but I had a small one tucked away that I knew would work well with it. I lovingly refer to it as my “painting chair” because I would sit on it when I used to paint my furniture by hand.
Now that I’ve upgraded to a paint sprayer, the chair wasn’t necessary anymore. I’d painted it last year with a DIY chalk paint in a deep red to use as part of our Fall decor on our front porch.
I knew it was time to give it another little makeover. I had some leftover DIY chalk paint from another project and so I decided to use that. It’s a beautiful soft “green/blue” color. If you’re familiar with Annie Sloan chalk paint, it’s almost identical to her “Duck Egg” paint color. You’ll likely be seeing this color a bit more over the next little while – I just love it!
To refinish the desk, I lightly sanded it, sprayed it with a fresh coat of primer, a couple coats of crisp white paint and then a couple clear coats.
I chose to remove the decorative accents that were originally on the top drawers. They were plastic and already loose, so they had to go. I decided to use the original hardware on the bottom drawers but updated them by spraying them with a metal primer and then a couple coats of glossy white.
The desk was missing one of the original top drawer pulls, so I replaced them all with some pretty glass ones.
I decided to line the bottom of each drawer with a soft green vinyl sheet to freshen them up and make them pretty.
And a few more pic's just because I can. *wink*
And that pretty pillow? I picked up some soft linen-like fabric last night and whipped up the pillow this morning! I love the simple look of the single flower.
I added a single "cracked glass-look" bead to the center for a little extra sparkle.
It is now ready for its new home and is listed in my shop.
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