meet Erin

Remember this color?

florence graphite paint

Here was it’s victim…

desk before

I picked up this desk awhile back from a very sweet elderly lady. She was quite proud of it, and was thrilled that it was going to be <cough> refinished.  I fell in love with the rope detail on the top and my initial plan was to strip and re-stain the top and paint the rest of the desk in this great color concoction made from a mix of Annie Sloan Florence and Graphite.

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meet Frenchie

Here she finally is…that sweet little antique halltree/bench I’ve fondly named Frenchie.  Again, I changed my mind several times on how I wanted to paint her…but ultimately, I knew I needed to play up her feminine details to show her off properly. And even with all the trouble,  I have to say the new hardware was totally worth it.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing a particularly grey day here in the Pacific Northwest (shocking, I know)…so I was working with very little natural light trying to capture some decent photos.

Here is a full shot:  (If you need a reminder of what Frenchie looked like “before” you can see her here.)     Continue reading

milk paint table reveal

Here it is!  My first milk paint project!

Again, here is the picture of the table “before”

end table before

And here it is “after”

MMS table

Isn’t the “chippy” finish cool? I have to admit I wasn’t sure what was going to happen once the paint started to bubble and peel, but I really like the finished product. I couldn’t achieve this type of look distressing by hand. Once the paint had time to dry, I used a putty knife to gently scrape the flaking paint off. There was a lot of it!   Continue reading

Meet Florence

Another thing I picked up at the Ruffles and Rust Vintage Show was a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Florence. It is such a fun color and this was just the piece to try it out on! 

When I started painting I planned on covering the whole thing and just distressing in certain areas, but sometimes plans change. 🙂 The dark color of the original stain took on a really cool patina effect when I dry-brushed the paint allowing a lot of the dark stain to come through.         Continue reading

Meet Layla. She’s a beauty and for sale!


        When I saw this desk I couldn’t buy it fast enough. I have a thing for curved desks and dressers… and she’s a beauty. The finish was pretty beat up but the overall condition was really good, even the drawers were nice. I already knew just how I wanted to refinish it before I got it home.

It took some work, but I broke out my trusty sander and went to work on removing the scratched up old top finish.

Meet Layla. I just love how she turned out. I refinished the top in a dark walnut stain and the rest of the desk is painted in Annie Sloan French Linen and Old White, distressed and finished with a coat of clear wax and another coat of dark wax. The inside drawers were in beautiful condition and coordinate well with the stained top. Even the back of this desk is finished, so it could float in a room beautifully. Sigh…if I only had a place for her, I’d keep Layla myself. 🙂

Find Layla on my shopbeachlgassblonde page!  Approximate dimensions are 29″H x 44″W x 22″D