Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Frenchy Blue Desk



As usual I was at the Flea Market this weekend and found a great desk at my favorite venders stall.  It was looking kind of rough, but had good bones so I loaded it up into my Volvo ( I use my SUV as a truck and can fit so much in it-Not my Hubby's favorite use of the Volov but......).  
Before:


I wanted to make this desk have a couple of layers and a natural top.  I sanded down the top and sealed it with AS dark wax and hemp oil mixed.  Buttery smooth now. 
I mixed up some home made chalk paint in a light blue ( Ooopsie paint from Kings Paint) and painted a couple of coats on the desk.  Next I mixed up a darker smokey blue and a little white into chalk paint.  I was going for a French blue and I like how it turned out.  After the paint had dried I wet sanded the top coat off so the lighter color would show through.  This sanding made me sweat up a storm! My next step was to scrape the paint with a scraper to get chipping and to get to the bare wood.  The last step was to seal the desk with AS dark wax and hemp oil. 






You can see the lighter blue under the darker




I aged these galvanized olive buckets (post about it later) 


Both colors again








I love how the top turned out!








39 comments:

  1. That is such a pretty desk. I love the color and chippiness. My dear Darrielle, do you ever sleep?

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  2. Thank you Victoria--painting is my therapy and it I enjoy it as my hobby. I do work full time, but from home so when I need a break from my computer I do a project and then feel tired but refreshed. Painting and working out are my things I do for myself so I can be happy and take care of my family.

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  3. Fantastic job (again)! Love how you painted this desk :)

    Blessings!

    ~Sherri

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  4. Darrielle, the sweet desk is amazing and the sweat was so worth the outcome was it not?
    Love the floors the desk rest on adding to the charm you are after here, I could truly add this sweet piece I to my home and love colour again.
    I am off to read some of your older postings, because I saw the grey library cabinet below and can't wait to see all you create.
    Thank you dearly for your visit adding joy to my comment list on the sea washed with age Lantern.

    See you soon and all you inspire here.
    Xx
    Dore

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  5. Thank you Dore--the sweat was worth it-had to get a work out in anyways! I live in a 100+ old farm house on what use to be a dairy farm and the floors are old and they are different in every room! I love that they are not matching and I love living in an old house. I really enjoy reading your blog so thanks for coming by to mine.

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    1. Hey Darrielle ... I also live in a 100+ old farm house on what used to be a dairy farm! Fun coincidence. My house has since been surrounded by suburbia though, so no longer farm-like. But still, I love it.

      Quick question for you ... am I reading your post right that you just sand down the top and use dark wax on it? No staining or use of other products? And do you normally get good results from this? Does the top have to be in fairly good condition going in for this to work? Any tips you want to share with me would be appreciated!

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  6. That desk came out great, Darrielle!

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  7. What an awesome make-over! I love the color!!

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  8. Love the layers of color and distressing. Gorgeous!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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    1. Thank you Angela-I kinda of like it too!

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  9. Beautiful!! Love the top paired with that gorgeous blue!
    Christina @ She Re Purposed It

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    1. Thank you Christina-I was feeling the blue when I painted it!

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  10. Gorgeous and in my favorite blue! I love how you did it with the two blues - gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne-It just felt like a blue desk to me so I went with it!

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  11. Such a beautiful makeover. I love the desk painted blue. Your bucket of flowers is pretty too. I just planted a few hydrangea shrubs. I'm looking forward to bringing a few cuttings in.

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    1. Thank you Brandi--I LOVE hydrangeas too!

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  12. That's a beauty!! Love the color and that top looks amazing!

    Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy-the top turned out well and I like it with the blue.

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  13. Love the color and the lines of this piece. Great olive bucket!!

    Cynthia

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    1. Thank you Cynthia--the olive basket was new and I aged it. I have to do post on it!

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  14. As a lover of blue, I am especially drawn to this little desk with its new blue paint. It looks great!

    Judith

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    1. Thank you Judith-I was feeling the blue when I saw it.

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  15. Hello,
    I just happened to stumble across your blog site, and I LOVE it!!!!!
    Your restoration work is BEAUTIFUL!
    Wish I were closer to shop ;)
    Really enjoying your Lovely works of "Show and Tell."

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    1. Thank you Beth--I love it when people like my treasures and what I do, I am pretty new to blogging and so its. nice to know people read my blog. Have a great day!

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  16. This is stunning. I absolutely love the color and the very natural chippy paint finish. Love the natural top too.

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    1. Thank you Betsy--I think it turned out very pretty and I like the top too!

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  17. Nice job! I haven't used hemp but your top turned out quite nice. I need to give it a try!

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    1. Thank you --hemp oil is so easy to use and its natural so no fumes!

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  18. Beautiful job! I really love the top wood grain appearance - you have yourself a winner in that piece!

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    1. Thank you Rita-winner winer chicken dinner is right!

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    1. Thank you Laurel--it was a fun transformation and it went to a good home

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  20. Gorgeous. I love the new color. Fabulous makeover. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  21. What a great find! I love that you left the top unpainted and fixed it up. Love the color. Thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors!

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