Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Desk fit for Florence

My teachers come back to work on Monday.  I'm doing good to come up for air.  It's a good thing I got a few pieces finished before the back-to-school rush hit.

A few months ago I found a great desk and did a fun make-over on it.  You can read about it here.  Anyway, the desk sold the first week it was in the shop!  Well believe it or not, I was in a completely different city recently and found the same desk at a flea market.  I'm no idiot!  I bought that sucker and brought it home!



I decided to follow the same recipe: strip and refinish the top, paint and distress the body, wax, and apply new hardware.

So I started by stripping the top.  You can read more about stripping and refinishing the top here.

I applied a Black Cherry stain.  Then it was ready to paint.

I recently bought a new quart of Annie Sloan paint in the new color, Florence.  I decided to try it out on this desk.  So I gave it two coats.


I know this color looks like Provence, but Florence is really more of a green-turquoise.  This picture is deceptive!

I grabbed a sanding sponge and started distressing.

Then I applied a coat of clear wax and a dark wax glaze.
 The color in this picture is much more accurate.  It reminds me of Indian turquoise jewelry!


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20 comments:

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

THE DESK TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL! i love the color and the pulls look teriffic!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Cyndi! Love it with the wax. Such a great desk, too. I love that slender leg on the one side and the other with all the drawers.

vikki said...

I love it. So funny, my sister's name is Florence and all her life she has hated it. I think it is an elegant, fun name. Anyway every time I see something like this with her name on it I have to send it to her just to prove to her that it isn't so bad. The desk turned out really beautifully.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this color is just so fun! i need to try it out! :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a cute desk! And that color is awesome!

Rachel said...

Love the Color and they way you played up the dark hardware with the dark wood top. Very pretty.
Rachel @ remastered relics

Oklahomaredhead said...

Beautiful color! I love the shape of the desk. Legs are elegant.

Jessica @ Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

Absolutely stunning! I purchased this color several weeks ago but haven't had a chance to use it yet! After seeing this I'm going to have to do it sooner rather than later!

Anneke at This, That and Life said...

This turned out SO good! I haven't tried Florence yet, but love seeing all this awesome inspiration!!!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

This turned out gorgeous! Great legs on this one.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Oh, she's so pretty now! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Catch as Catch. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Honey at 2805 said...

Florence is a real beauty! You gave her a terrific color! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Cyndi, you did such a nice job on this desk! Love the more muted color after the glaze. :)
gail

Stephanie {The Driftwood Cottage} said...

I love that color! Great job. :)

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Another beauty Cyndi. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

suzyq said...

What a beautiful desk - and what an exquisite makeover - fantastic job!

Kadie said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I totally love your desk! I think it needs to come live at my house!;p I will be featuring your lovely desk tomorrow at my party. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Gorgeous desk!! I love it! Thanks for sharing at my party...excited to see what you share this week (Saturday at 7pm). XO, Aimee

Nicole at Doodles and Stitches said...

Oh I'm just drooling OVER THIS ONE! You are unbelievably talented and ONCE AGAIN you will be featured tomorrow at Doodles & Stitches. I always love seeing your projects, they're a source of inspiration! Thanks for linking up!

inneranomaly said...

I just redid my own desk using the Florence color! Your's is just beautiful! I debated keeping the natural wood tone on the desktop, but went with the pure white chalk paint instead.