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September 24, 2015

French Secretary Desk Makeover

Have you heard of Themed Furniture Makeover Day?  I have been following this talented group of bloggers for over a year and look forward each month to seeing what each member creates.

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.

Who me?


Heck ya!!!

Followed by the Happy Dance

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.

French Desk Makeover Before and After

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.

Secretary desk painted with Paris Grey and Graphite chalk paint

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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Secretary desk makeover with gold gilding wax highlights and silver and gold mercury glass knobs

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.

French Secretary Desk drawer painted in the color Antoinette

I lined the bottom of the drawer with some pretty French scrapbook paper from my stash.

French Secretary Desk drawer lined in French scrapbook paper

Then the fun part, adding the Français!  I envisioned Marie Antoinette's top looking like a French letter.

Secretary Desk top makeover to appear like a French Letter

The address is stenciled with Old White and Graphite and then I distressed it a little with fine sandpaper.

French Secretary Desk with French address stencil

The French postmark was traced from a decal using carbon paper behind it and then handpainting the details using a script liner art brush.

French Secretary Desk with French handpainted postmark

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!

French secretary desk After for the Themed Furniture Makeover Day

So what do you think, thumbs up or thumbs down on this makeover?  Don't be afraid to be honest, I can take it!

French Secretary Desk Makeover with rose petal stationery and a fountain pen

My friends participating in this Themed Furniture Makeover Day are uber talented.

Press the links below to see their fabulous French Makeovers.  Please pin directly from their blog posts rather than the links.

I shared this project at these fabulous link parties.

A BIG Thank You to the following for featuring this project...

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