DIY FRENCH COUNTRY VINTAGE WRITING DESK MAKEOVER. TO TRANSFORM THIS VINTAGE WRITING DESK/DRESSER COMBO INTO A FRENCH COUNTRY CHARMER, I USED FURNITURE TRANSFERS, SUBTLE DISTRESSING AND A BEAUTIFUL SOFT PAINT COMBO.
Hi friends! The deep freeze finally broke and we’re in the low plus’s with rain today. I have to say last week kind of knocked the stuffing out of me. My energy levels weren’t up to par because I felt isolated and housebound for part of the week. It will be nice to get back into my regular routine including my morning walks with Gidgy girl. If you were experiencing that deep freeze weather, I hope it’s warmed up for you too.
So, it’s the month for romance and this vintage writing desk/dresser combo makeover couldn’t be any more sweet and romantic. It’s been transformed from a dark and heavy masculine piece into a soft romantic French Country Charmer. It’s truly amazing what complimentary paint colors and a floral transfer can do!
Here’s the before pic which was filed under December 2016. Wow. Seriously? I can’t believe how fast time flies and how long I’ve had some of these pieces in my inventory.
This was a Craigslist find and the gentleman I bought it from said he used this dresser/desk combo when he was a boy. That was about 50 years ago. He mentioned it was already used when his parents bought it so I’m not sure how old this piece actually is… but what I do know – it’s solid and will last for another 50 years. Gotta love these well-built vintage pieces, right!
When I started painting this flip desk back in 2016, I used Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre and left some wood striping exposed. It wasn’t turning out the way I liked so I lost all interest. Here you’ll see why…
Fast forward to 2019. With a fresh coat of Old Ochre and complimentary Tea Rose accent, this ugguls turned into a French Country Charmer. What do you think? Better?
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FRENCH COUNTRY VINTAGE WRITING DESK::
Step #1:: Clean & Prime
Because this flip desk had been sitting in my inventory for years, it got a good cleaning. Then I primed all the exposed wood with this stain blocker to prevent any bleed through.
Step #2:: Paint & Blend
I added a fresh coat of Old Ochre and then used my favorite pink to blend into the sides and completely cover the inside of the flip desk portion.
Step #3:: Floral Furniture Transfer
This L’Amour Et Des Reves Floral Transfer by ReDesign With Prima was my inspiration for this piece. I don’t think they are making it anymore but here’s one that’s almost identical! If you’re interested in this easy rub on method, I have a full tutorial on How To Apply Furniture Transfers here.
Step #4:: Topcoat / Protect
The body of this dresser/desk is clear waxed and the top and inside desk portion is top-coated with this waterproof stain blocker. I’ve had many of you ask if you can topcoat furniture transfers. YES, for sure! I’ve applied poly, wax and spray on wax to these types of transfers and they all hold up well.
Step #5:: New Hardware
The wood knobs on the bottom 3 drawers are from Hobby Lobby. The top ring handles are salvaged vintage hardware. Because the top flips down, I had to use hardware that didn’t have screws coming out the other side. The vintage ring hardware adds some variety and interest and I love the look of the rings hanging down when the flip top is opened.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED TODAYS MAKEOVER AND SEE YOU NEXT WEEK! FREE TO CHIME IN AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK … I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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