Vintage Executive Wooden Desk Makeover
This is what the desk used to look like...
The carcass of the desk was painted in a custom white color consisting of a 1:1 ratio of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in the colors Old White and Pure White. The drawer fronts were painted in the color Pebble Beach (medium gray color) by Country Chic Paint.
To give it a timeworn look, using 220 grit sandpaper, I distressed the edges of the desk and drawers.
Paris Letter with Postmark.
Deciphering the Paris Letter and PostmarkHere is where the fun came in. As I was tracing the graphic it became difficult to superimpose because some parts of the original image were worn, making deciphering the cursive French handwriting a challenge. Wanting to accurately transfer the image I did some creative research on Google.
After a lot of digging, I managed to figure out that the circular date stamp was postmarked on November 2, 1837, in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, a city in Northern France with a mileage stamp of 643. It was addressed to Madame Sugat at 9 Rue Neuve in St. Denis, a northern suburb of Paris.
The oval stamp on the top left says Bonne Frères Boulange S•M. I'm going to assume that is the name of the post office - Good Brother's in Boulange-Sur-Mer.
I'd love to hear from anyone well versed in marcophily to confirm if I am correct. Regardless it was a little eerie tracing the handwriting of someone who was alive 177 years ago!
I always like to add an element of surprise when the drawers are opened and thought this Old World Map wrapping paper was perfect. My preference for lining drawers is using wallpaper paste because I achieve far fewer air bubbles and wrinkles.
Most likely the bottom of this double drawer won't be seen once hanging file folders are in place but I gave it some paper goodness too.
Ladder Back Chair Makeover
Now for that chair that mysteriously appeared in my back yard. It looks like it originally was stained in a cherry color but had been spray painted gray.
Unfortunately fortunately for me, the reason it landed in my yard, was that it was full of paint drips. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before taking the power sander to it.
To unify the chair with the desk I painted it in the same colors as the desk and also gave it a timeworn look by distressing along the edges.
I transferred the same Paris Letter with Postmark graphic in a smaller size onto the seat.
Now they look like they've always been a matching set.
This wasn't my first desk rodeo. I've done a few in different styles like this Queen Anne Writing Desk or Curbside Secretary Desk and French Provincial Secretary Desk.
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