Recently a friend called to tell me about a small desk that was up for grabs and wanted to know if I would be interested. I couldn't pull up to the driveway fast enough. Being a woman who loves all things French, I knew this would be the perfect piece to makeover for this challenge.
Meet Marie Antoinette: a Queen Anne Desk with Parisian Flair.
Queen Anne Desk Makeover With Parisian Flair
This is what the desk looked like when I acquired it...
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 chalk paint and out came the color, Graphite. I randomly dry brushed it all over the Paris Grey, dabbing the excess paint off onto a paper towel first. I just kept playing until it felt right.
Using my finger, I applied (*affiliate link) Gold Gilding Wax along the edges and around the drawer fronts. The jewelry on this piece is the gorgeous (*affiliate link) silver and gold mercury glass knobs. I had them in my stash and thrilled with how they look with the two-tone gray paint colors.
So why did I call it Marie Antoinette? For two reasons; one is because that was my Mémère's name and while working on this piece she was on my mind a lot. Second, I painted the inside of the drawer with the color Antoinette by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.
I lined the bottom of the drawer with some pretty (*affiliate link) French Postscript Scrapbook Paper from my stash.
Now for the fun part, adding the Français. I envisioned the Marie Antoinette desktop looking like a Parisian postmarked envelope from a love letter.
The address is (*affiliate link) stenciled with Old White and Graphite and then distressed a little with fine sandpaper.
The (*affiliate link) French postmark was traced from a decal using carbon paper behind it and then hand painting the details using a script liner art brush.
A French desk wouldn't be complete without pretty stationery and a (*affiliate link) fountain pen with which to write a steamy love letter.
One of my favorite makeovers is desks and I did another Desk Makeover With Parisian Flair that sold rather quickly. I've done others in different styles like this curvy French Provincial desk for a client. Or this Curbside Desk Rescue for my neighbor.
I hope you're as excited as I am to see how my talented friends added a French spin on their furniture makeovers this month. Please pin directly from their blog posts rather than the links below.
I shared this project at these fabulous Link Parties.