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A Painted Desk

I worked incredibly hard today and I am incredibly tired tonight.  The day started at 6:30 am when my sons woke me up.  The entire family got ready and we headed out for a morning of yard sales.  I found some great things, which I’ll share in another post, and came home about noon.  After hanging out with the boys for a bit, our babysitter came over and the painting frenzy began.  I have lots to share, but it will all happen in another post.  Tonight, I’m going to share a desk I finished last week. 
This is how it started…
I painted it in Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue with Old White on the body.  The top was stripped and refinished in a dark walnut stain and Fiddes Wax. 

I chose to keep the original hardware, since it was in good condition and still worked with the painted piece.

Some light distressing prior to waxing, brought out the detail. 

I brought it to my pavilion at Lucketts on Thursday.

Lots more to come…but now…sleep. 

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  1. The desk looks so beautiful! I just can't imagine getting as much done as you! I guess it's because you're so young and I'm so old! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. The blue and white with the dark top is just beautiful!

  3. I saw that same desk in Goodwill today, but it was $100. I would have gotten it if it was about $50. Yours looks awesome, as usual. I had a good yard sale day too, working on a post now about it. Sleep well.

  4. I'm addicted to your blog! I just had to login before going to bed tonight just to see what you've been up to since yesterday and of course you didn't disappoint me. The desk looks amazing I love the two colors and the wood desktop. Hopefully you will be able to sleep in tomorrow until 7am :)

  5. Beautiful! I'm loving the dark stain against the blue and white. Great job! Seriously thinking I need some of the Annie Sloan paint. I looked at Lowe's for the Minwax that you mentioned in your video about waxing and was unable to find it. I really would like to try the other kinds but cost is an issue. I just might have to break down and do it anyway. Love this piece!

  6. I love the desk! The blue & white with dark top is gorgeous! You are so talented! I can't wait to start using the chalk paint I bought! Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  7. Yet another beauty from you! So many people…including me are inspired by YOU! Thanks

  8. Another gorgeous piece, Marian! Great staging, too. Goodnight. 😉

  9. *swoon* this looks like the girly version of my man beast desk. I was just thinking earlier of how to paint mine. Thanks for making my mind up for me lol

  10. The desk turned out so beautiful – love how you kept the top dark!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow!! This is a beautiful desk. Looks like I need to take a quick road trip to Luckettts!,

  12. Such a pretty desk…so much style. Rest up. Good work.

  13. OMG, I LOVE this! Can't wait to get me some chalk paint!


  14. Gorgeous again!

  15. I love the color combo. I too was up early this morning at garage sales. I found some great things including an old bench all ready to reupholster. I'll post on my finds tomorrow…

  16. Love this desk, it is classic MMS! Also love the vignette – the vintage fan and typewriter, great accessories!



  17. Beautiful piece. Glad you kept the hardware pulls. I love that style. Always enjoy seeing your work and creations!

    Connie (akalou)

  18. This is so pretty..I love it. Am in awe with your choices of colors and your skill at giving these pieces a worn look. ..Love this blog, I am going to paint my big old piano and struggling with the choice of color…….

  19. I'd work there! And I love the vintage items you have perched on top of the desk. Lovely job as always.

  20. The desk turned out so beautiful. I have an old oak teacher's desk that I've been wanting to refinish. This was great inspiration :)

  21. It is absolutely beautiful! You are inspiring.

  22. It's beautiful; I just love the color! I have the matching buffet and hutch to that desk; I love the handles! I am always thinking I would love to paint my buffet and hutch, I am afraid I will change my mind after I do!

    Take care….Jodi

  23. I love this. The paint color is fantastic!


  24. Ahhh-mazing!!! I can't wait for the Luckett's fair and what you'll have! I was out at Luckett's last weekend and am KICKING myself for not buying one of your signs I fell in love with…next time I won't make the same mistake of leaving without it :) Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  25. Anonymous says:
  26. The desk turned out beautifully!! Well done!

  27. Hi Marian, Boy that desk looks perfect. I was lucky to get a sample of the Louis Blue as a bonus from Patrica Seamon when I ordered my second quart of old white. I love that new color. I finished my kitchen and did it all in chalk paint. Please come check it out~(in your spare time! LOL).

  28. It's beautiful, I love that blue!

  29. Très belle seconde vie pour ce bureau… Bisous

  30. I love the two colors! Lovely!

  31. Absolute perfection!


  32. Sigh…
    just fabulous!

  33. Love that color combination. Turned out gorgeous. What are you going to do when your boys are sports age? I mourn for the Saturdays of tag sale shopping. All in a season. Your season is in full splendor. Great work, as always!

  34. This desk is totally captivating….I want to do something similar with a dresser for my daughter's new daughter(due in August)…do you have a pink suggestion for the drawers?

  35. It's beautiful! I love the Louis Blue/Old White combo.

    Hope you got lots of rest! :)


  36. Beautiful! I am currently trying to refinish a table, but I'm having issues. I stained the top in Dark Walnut, but the stain didn't take. I sanded the top and then applied a wood conditioner (which soaked right in). Then I applied the stain, waited the recommened amount of time, and wiped it off. I can't even tell that I stained it. Any suggestions? katyg0521 at gmail dot com Thank you! I love your blog!

  37. Since I began reading your blog, I just cannot get enough of it and I have learned so much!! I am retiring shortly and I plan on making slipcovers and refinishing old pieces of furniture with the milk paint and selling it in the booth I have had for over two years. I love reading all of the neat things that you bring to your blog each and every day. I just wish I had a buddy that was as creative as you. Thank you for teaching "an old dog new tricks".
    Sincerely, Miss Deb

  38. This is gorgeous! You've probably mentioned this before, but what do you use to strip the top?

  39. I'd love the tutorial on how you did this piece:-) Do you strip the entire thing and then refinish the top and paint the bottom? Do you put a wax/poly over the entire piece?

    Just LOVE it!

  40. I've just recently come upon your blog, and I am so thrilled! Oh, your work is absolutely gorgeous!! This desk is fantastic, has it sold yet?? Looking forward to more of your work!

  41. Kim Hawryluk says:

    I found your desk on pinterest and am currently working on a similar desk, but am painting the drawer fronts a soft pink to go in my daughters room. I’m just wondering, what is the colour of stain you used on top? It’s exactly what I have been imagining!! Thanks!!!


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