Monday, March 23, 2015

French Desk


Last week I found this great desk/vanity on Craigslist and brought it home. 
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The desk was a beauty, but needed some TLC so it came to the right home.  I sanded down the top and sealed it with AS dark wax and hemp oil.  I love how this makes the wood buttery smooth and it dries fast without any shine.  

For the main part of the desk/vanity I painted it with AS pure white and then distressed the edges.  The last step in this transformation was to seal it with dark wax and hemp oil.  

I love the wooden detail 


Gorgeous legs in the front and the back 







Natural wood top








36 comments:

  1. The desk turned out beautifully, I'm sure it will sell quickly. It's so light and summery. Visiting from O40!
    Have a great week,
    Tina

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    1. Thank you Kim-I like the contrast of the dark and light!

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  2. Your desk looks so pretty Darrielle. Great job! :) Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie-it was a fun project to do as it is a nice piece of furniture!

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  3. Another gorgeous piece. I was thinking this morning: I wonder if I could find a good deal on a dresser like you do, since the cheap one I have is giving in to the weight of my tv, which is not that big. I just don't have the drive to go on the hunt like you do, I don't think.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you Brenda-I bet you could find a great old well made dresser on CL ( from home-no actual hunt) and then just paint it since you have become a painting expert. I could coach you along the way too if you wanted and even send you paint!

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  4. She's definitely a real beauty. I love the contrast between the dark top and white paint. I'm sure she won't be around long.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I too like the contrast between the two colors and that is part of why I went with white for the base. White is not my go to color for furniture, but it felt right for this one.

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  5. What a wonderful transformation! I do like the country look of the piece, I'm sure it will be snapped up very soon.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia-I like how it turned out too!

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  6. Beautiful re love of this desk. It will sell very quickly it is so pretty.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris-I like that description-re-love!

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  7. You found a beautiful desk and I knew with her curves and your paint brush she would be amazing. I love the colour you chose for her, it's classic. I found your blog a few weeks ago and loved it. I had a coffee table I wanted to stain the top of and used Annie Sloan dark wax(got the idea from your blog, thanks). It looks lovely, but I keep thinking about the fact that you use hemp oil as well. Why do you add hemp oil to your wax? At what ratio should hemp oil be added? Looking forward to your answers. Thanks in advance, Sharelle

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    1. Thank you Sharelle-I use the hem oil too because it makes the wax easier to use and on raw wood it soaks it up and helps make it look richer. I just dip my brush in the oil and then directly in the wax and brush on the piece. I have more control of the wax and it goes on easy. I am so glad I could inspire someone!

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  8. I do love those kind of desks. I can't find them around here. You painted it beautifully that it will fit into any decor.

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    1. Thank you Victoria-it is hard to find these desks here too, but I was lucky and found it on CL.

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  9. It's gorgeous Darielle, I'm sure you'll have it sold quickly! What a sweet find.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thank you Marie-it was a great find and I was lucky!

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  10. I am IN LOVE with this one. So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne-I kind of love it too!

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  11. Love the classic choice of white with a wood top on this charming desk! Great job giving it a new lease on life!

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    1. Thanks Linda-it was a good score from CL!

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  12. Wow! What pretty piece! The desk has such great lines and the new finish accentuates them.

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    1. Thank you Pam-this was a very well made and beautiful desk, just worn out, so I am glad to give it new life!

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  13. Wow, great find and stunning makeover! Visiting from the DIY Sunday Showcse:)

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    1. Thank you Wendi-I was lucky to find this piece and love it now!

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  14. The way you painted it leaves its original charm yet shows off the beautiful lines of the piece more than when it was all wood. Normally I wouldn't think to paint a wood piece in such good condition, but you were spot-on. It looks so charming.

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    1. Thank you Heidi-I love a good wood piece too, but this one actually was very scratched up and missing some veneer so painting it seemed like a good choice.

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  15. Oh wow, this piece is stunning! I love the creamy white, it makes the wood top pop and shows off all the pretty curvy details! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Nest!!

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    1. Thank you Lisa-I like the contrast too!

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  16. I have no doubt this will sell fast, lovely details brought out by just enough distressing!

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    1. Thank you -I think it has a new lease on life now!

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  17. What a beautiful piece! You did a great job with it!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer-it started off as a good piece and now just looks better!

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  18. Beautiful! You did such a nice job with your distressing - it really highlights the gorgeous details of this piece. I'm sure it will be a quick sell! Thanks for sharing on Best of the Nest!

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    1. Thank you Kris-I am a fan of subtle distressing!

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