French Provincial Desk Makeover

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Well hello there, Friends! Back again so soon? I’m so glad you are!  I have a furniture makeover to share with you today. Are you up for that?

Today I’m sharing a desk that my neighbor asked if I could paint for her last Summer. To be honest, I really prefer not to paint furniture for other people. I just don’t like the pressure that comes with it. What if I ruin it? Yikes! Plus I don’t have the space nor the time to take on more than I already have.

I did agree to paint this desk for my neighbor though because she just wanted a simple paint job and there wasn’t much to it:

Terry's-Desk-Before

I love the lines of French Provincial Furniture and knew this would be pretty painted.

Here’s how it looks now:

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I’ve been using a lot of Pure White lately, but this is my favorite off white paint color, Cottage White by Behr, made into chalk paint. I love it mixed with Pure White as well.

The top was in pretty rough shape…

Terry's-Desk-Before-2

Sometimes the best fix is to cover it right up.

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I did sand it just a bit to smooth it out first.

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

My hydrangeas are just waking up…can’t wait to have these beautiful blooms again.

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Painting this light of a color over dark usually takes three coats. I sanded and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax as usual. See my chalk painting tutorial HERE if you want to see a step-by-step on how to chalk paint furniture.

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I kept all the original hardware, it’s so pretty. I gave them a couple of coats of Rustoleum spray paint in Heirloom White.

The chair is from my dining set, but works perfectly with this beautiful desk.

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

You can see their makeover HERE, and my tutorial for adding piping to dining chairs (Sew and No-Sew methods) HERE.

It really adds a nice finishing touch…

Piping for dining chiars from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This was a simple makeover, but now this piece has a fresh new attitude!

And my neighbor loved it. I also did the chair to match, but she brought that as she was picking up the desk. Not sure why she didn’t think to have me do them both together.

French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Sure wish I had an office space of my own for a beautiful desk like this. My office is just a desk…in the living room. Some day. 🙂

Coming up tomorrow is the makeover of this pretty flatware chest I found for $5:

Flatware-Chest-Makover-Before

See you then, awesome Friends!

UPDATE: See it HERE now!

If you missed any of the makeovers in this series so far, check out yesterday’s HERE, and see the previous 18 here:

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

1. DIY Tray from an Old Picture  2. How to Turn a Drawer Front into a Planter  3. Patterned Sofa Table  4. Mini Shelf Makeover  5. $5 Yard Sale Dresser

6. DIY Wooden Tote Redo  7. Antique Mirror Repurposed  8. 80’s Clock Cabinet Reimagined  9. Updated Candlesticks

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 10.  Shutter Cabinet  11. Jewelry/Trinket Holder  12. Oval Rosette Mirror  13. $5 Thrift Store Lamps  14. DIY Jewelry Storage

15.  The Perfect Necklace Holder  16. 80’s Shelf  17. Spring Bird Nest Wreath  18. 15 Minute Table Makeover

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. Okay!!!! This IS the year I come out there to steal those hydrangeas and while I am at it
    I will run over to the neighbors and steal that desk set!!!!!
    L@@ks to be a bumper crop this year…please post pics of the whole plant…so I can drool!!!
    Pure perfection on the desk set!!!!
    ~God Bless~
    Addie

    • Ha ha! I cannot wait for my hydrangeas to be in full bloom. I missed them this winter so I went looking for some to purchase and they wanted $5 a head!! What? I decided I just have to be patient! 🙂

  2. Hi Christy! The French provincial style certainly is beautiful and the desk if gorgeous! Too bad your friend took it back to her home. Sure looks beautiful right where it was in yours. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. That desk is beautiful. It looks like a completely different piece of furniture. I believe this might be number 3 on my list.
    May I ask for your help with a couple of pieces of very old furniture I have and would like to paint. I have had them a long time but when I got them they are totally down to the bare wood and very dry.. Is there a product I should put on these pieces to prepare them for painting. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Treva! If you were planning to stain your pieces, I would suggest Minwax Wood Conditioner first. If you want to paint them, I would probably just start painting. Good luck!

  4. I just love this desk makeover! You have definitely inspired me to diy a dresser I was going to replace. I am so enjoying your 30 days series. I look forward to seeing what you come up with every day.

  5. Donna Nance says:

    Love, love, love the desk! Wish I had a dedicated space of my own…someday… Looking forward to seeing what you do with the silverware box. I have one that MIL used as jewelry box and it is utilitarian and just plain uuuuugggggly.

  6. I love the desk. I love this month of makeovers. Lots of fun and I Can’t wait until tomorrow. I have a few silverware chests that hold smalls…..beads, etc. I have two that aren’t redone yet, so it will be fun to see what you do with yours tomorrow.

  7. Very pretty makeover Christy, your neighbor must have been pleased. I totally hear you about client commissions. I made the decision very recently to stop doing them for the same reasons you mentioned above.

    • Thanks, Marie! I really try not to do pieces for others. (Although tomorrow’s makeover is for someone else lol.) She texted me a couple of weeks later to ask if I could paint two bookcases to match that were also in her office. Um, no thanks! 😉

  8. Pamela Boal says:

    What recipe for chalk paint did u use?

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