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Revived desk to Distressed French Postcard Desk (Part1)!

I was lucky enough to find this solid wood desk at a fantastic price!  It had good bones other than a small piece of wood missing.  I have an idea that I am working on to fix that part, but I've made good progress with the rest.  

 

This is the desk when I first got it - I hope you can see the finish that was on it.  Not terrible, but really looked a tad dirty.  First thing I did was add some L brackets to the legs to tighten them up a little. 

 

 

 

 

Now for the chalk paint... First, I added a couple of layers of linen chalk paint.  I first used a coat with a bit of water.  I was experimenting a little and wiped some of that first layer off so the original finish just peaked through.  Then, I decided to add another layer, but this time I didn't wipe any away.  I finished this layer with just a few "smears" of chalk paint undiluted.  This is hard to see in the pictures.

 

 

 

 And then the fun .... the painting of the design started... inspired by French postcards, I pieced together different images to come up with the design.  What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I wanted to have some fun with the sides of the drawer and did some French handwriting.  I didn't like the side with the allover hand writing, so I added some wax and then a layer of dark wax, which I rubbed off.  I am still not thrilled with the outcome, but it is on the inside and I wanted to see how the dark wax would look.  I'm glad I tested there before I did that to the top, because that is not the hue I was going for. {these pictures will be shown in Part 2, so stay tuned!}

 

 

Next,.  I put a layer of wax on top of the whole table, waited until it dried and the buffed it.  I then did a little distressing to the whole top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow along to see the finished desk with all of the details -- I hope you like the little extras I am going to be showing you! 

 

You can find Part 2 of this transformation here

http://mmembellishments.com/so/6LA5lT6Z

 

Enjoy!

Michelle

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