While drooling through each furniture makeover, I silently wished I was part of the group. Well, that wish came true a few weeks ago when Kathy from Petticoat Junktion emailed me asking if I wanted to join.
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What is Themed Furniture Makeover Day you ask? This day is all about a group of bloggers coming together to give a piece of furniture a makeover based on a different theme each month. This month's theme is French.
I am beyond thrilled to bring you my very first contribution to this group. Meet Marie Antoinette: A Queen Anne Secretary Desk.
The original plan was to paint the desk in a combination of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Paris Grey and Old White. I started the makeover painting the entire desk in Paris Grey and then called it a day. The following morning while taking a shower, inspiration struck. Think Bombay meets Restoration Hardware!
Back on the shelf went the can of Old White and out came the Graphite. I randomly dry brushed it all over the Paris Grey, dabbing the excess paint off on a paper towel. I just kept playing until it felt right.
Using my finger, I applied Gold Gilding Wax along the edges and around the drawer fronts. The gorgeous silver and gold mercury glass knobs I had in my stash and I was thrilled with how they looked on this desk.
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So why did I call it Marie Antoinette? For two reasons. One, my Ma Mère's name was Marie Antoinette and while working on this piece she was on my mind a lot. Second, I painted the inside of the drawer with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in the color Antoinette.
I lined the bottom of the drawer with some pretty French scrapbook paper from my stash.
Then the fun part, adding the Français! I envisioned Marie Antoinette's top looking like a French letter.
The address is stenciled with Old White and Graphite and then I distressed it a little with fine sandpaper.
The French postmark was traced from a decal using carbon paper behind it and then handpainting the details using a script liner art brush.
What a French desk wouldn't be complete without pretty stationery, a fountain pen, and a lantern with which to write a steamy love letter after dark!
So what do you think, thumbs up or thumbs down on this makeover? Don't be afraid to be honest, I can take it!
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