Wednesday, April 16, 2014

French Desk


I found a desk with 2 broken back legs at the Flea Market this week.  The seller did not want to deal with the desk so she gave it to me.  Love that!
Before:

This desk has great lines and I love the curved front drawers and delicate legs.  The wood is not real inlaid wood so I had no problem painting this desk. I wanted to make it more Frenchy so I glued on a few appliqués that I ordered from Doityourselfchic.com.  After they had dried I painted the desk with home-made chalk paint in Mills Spring Blue by Benjamin Moore.  After distressing the edges I sealed the paint with hemp oil/dark wax.  


Added applique


Added applique










To get chippiness with chalk paint I use a spackel knife to scrape the paint




Chippy old angel


Preserved boxwood wreath from DecorSteals.com


I found this bottle at the Flea on the same day



Curved front drawers



I am loving the desk now!

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34 comments:

  1. Lovely!
    Another way to achieve a chippy look is to wrap the piece in packing tape...leave it for a day or so then pull it off. The paint will come off in chips and it looks very natural.

    xo

    Andie

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    1. Thank you Andie-Thanks for the advice about packing tape, I think I will try that.

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  2. I am new to your blog...WOW, cant beat free with a stick ;) love what you did with it!

    Blessings,

    ~Sherri

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  3. What a stunning piece....and for FREE....I should be so lucky...hehehe!~ What you've done is so classically beautiful that I bet you'll love it forever! Andie, that's a great tip on the chippy look with packaging tape too...thanks....Mimi @ A Tray of Bliss...xxx

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  4. What a gorgeous old piece and you can't beat the price!;>) You did a beautiful job on the makeover- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana--the price is hard to beat!

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  5. Beautiful make-over Darrielle! I LOVE free pieces!! Enjoy your day, Gail

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    1. Thank you Martina! I love love love it too!

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  7. Perfect size, perfect shade and perfect style. Darrielle. I love it. Where are you thinking of putting it??

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    1. Thank you Victoria--I am actually selling it and will be taking it to Mes Amis -Vintage Show next week.

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  8. Love this desk - the color is perfect, the appliques add so much and the shape of it is to die for. Great job !!!

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  9. I love the French desk, it's beautiful. Please come share at the Anything Goes linky party if you have not already. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Oh the appliques are the perfect touch!!! The color is gorgeous too. Love it!
    Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy--I love the color and appliqués too!

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  11. Wow, another gorgeous makeover Darrielle! Love the color of this desk and those appliqués are beautiful. You just rocked my world by introducing me to Do It Yourself Chic - talk about gorgeous stuff!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thank you Marie! I love that site and I make one bigger order a couple times a year so I have them on stock in my stash. I do sometimes make them my self with molds.

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  12. Beautiful! Great touch adding the appliques! I love all of the goodies from DoItYourselfChic....
    Robin

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    1. Thank you Robin--they do have some great goodies!

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  13. I LOVE this table and the color of paint! Thank you for sharing it with us! Pinned to the party board. :)

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  14. Jealous....just jealous...lol Great job!

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    1. Thanks Titia! It's going to a show to be sold this weekend I hope!

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  15. So many times appliques just looked like they're slapped on and they don't really suit. However, they look quite lovely on your desk... great job!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia--I agree about many appliqués, so thanks for the compliment I appreciate it.

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  16. This is gorgeous! Love the color and the added appliques. Thank you for sharing it and your pretty bench at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Blessings,
    Deborah

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    1. Thank you Deborah--I had fun transforming it.

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  17. you did a great job, how did you fix the leg?

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    1. Thank you Irene--I used wood glue to fix the legs. They were not broken just not screwed in to the base and only need some glue to hold them in place.

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