French Desk Makeover All Glammed Up…

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!!  before Dixie Cabaret French Desk    

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. diva-before-special-wax   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.  

You can see above the difference in the color.  And below you can see how subtle it is & the little extra shimmer just makes it beautiful!! I’ll stop talking now and show you the rest!! vanGogh-Diva-and-mm-warm-si

  details-up-close vanGogh-Diva





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  1. Lisa says:

    Wow I would not thought to have picked such bold colors, I am a play it safe kind of girl – but this looks gorgeous!

  2. Karen says:

    I just finished a dresser that is identical to your piece. It turned out beautiful and is now available at a local florist shop. This was such a strong, lovely piece of furniture and I enjoyed giving it a new beginning.

  3. Becca says:

    Love those colors and the details. Great job! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  4. Wow.. I love it! You did a great job on this and the colors are amazing!!! I’m now following you and can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too

  5. Beth says:

    Very pretty. I love bold colors. This one looks great with the metallic.

  6. This is so pretty, Lori ~ you have such a way with getting the perfect look for a piece.

  7. Leslie says:

    WOW!! This looks wonderful. I love it. Very creative and cute.

  8. Pamela says:

    Just gorgeous my dear! So glad you linked it up this week. Thanx partying at my place.

  9. Mary Stone says:

    Loved the colors on this desk. Perfect for young girl or teenager. Did you strip the desk first?
    Was searching for a “email posts by subscriptions”….I did not see one. Did I someone how miss it?

    Thank your for posting such a lovely and creative project. I’m glad you did not distress it!!

    Warmly, Mary (The Old Elf)

  10. karen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors Lori! I am so in love with this desk. Featuring today, goes lives at 2:00 PST. Thanks!

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  13. Julie says:

    I love your work!!! But I’m not seeing your prices?? What are you asking for the pink desk & table??

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  15. Barb Cunningham says:

    This is beautiful. I was wondering how you apply the mica powder? I can’t seem to find any instructions on how to do it. Thanks!

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