A Painted French Provincial Desk
Amy of High Style Restyle, offered me the chance to try out vanGogh Chalk paint and wax, and I chose Diva for my color. I have never used van Gogh paint and I wasn’t paid to write this post. I was given the product free but these are my own opinions. Some good and some not. But they are my own!!
I wanted something bold and different from my usual go to of grays and blues. I had the perfect little French provincial desk that I knew would be fun to bold with. This French provincial desk is part of a bed set that I got and it’s a really nice solid wood Dixie French beauty!! And it is for sale!!
You may remember the peek I gave you.
Isn’t it pretty? Amy told me this color is one that is more translucent than others so be sure to use a base coat. When I started on this french provincial desk, I thought I would go shabby and distressed so I based it white. Looking back with how it ended up not being distressed or shabby, I would likely have based it something darker like gray or even brown. It did take about 4 coats to get a semi okay coverage. It was blinding bright in color. I loved it but my family was a little shocked that I was using it!!
The downside on the paint for me was the smell. I had a headache for 2 days, it’s beyond strong. And in this heat opening up my garage wasn’t an option, and taking it inside wasn’t either- not with that smell. I think if you have followed me for long, you can look back at posts and know smells don’t typically bother me. I love the smell of wax and I am weird like that. But this was a bit much.
The paint went on smooth and sanding between coats was fine. I think that it dries a lot faster than what I am used to so there was a bit of a drag for me. I compensated by loading up the brush versus using lighter coats. That is a negative comment, as with all paints you have to work with them in how they work. So play and find what works best. I think if I had gone shabby this would have been a great paint on those high spots, where you only need to sand lightly to have it come right off. With the color so bright I needed shades… heehee just kidding.
I decided to use Modern Masters Warm Silver to accent with and use on the hardware. Glam it up rather than go shabby. I also knew immediately once that went on that I would use MM’s mica powder in Antique Gold to provide the luster and sheen I wanted to go with it. This helped to tone down a bit and really provide a beautiful finish.
Thank you for stopping by!!
I have more to share with you tomorrow!!