A Study in Desks, 

I am finding some great deals on desks through Craig’s list lately. This one was so particularly adorable. I love the legs, the detail on the feet, and the lovely lines of the drawer fronts. Solid wood, particularly hard to find these days!

The previous owner had started a stripping and refinishing project, then it sort of stalled.
I love the look of a natural wood top and a lightly painted piece.  I used a paint that I mixed from Chalk Paint “Country Grey”, and a whole bunch of browns and greys, trying to make it look less beige, and more grey.  I was annoyed with myself at first for mixing the paint and not having it come out like I had planned, but decided to keep it and poured it into a container for a “someday” project.
Update:  I would highly recommend Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint. It’s 100% Natural, a Clay Base, different from all other “chalk paints” on the market.  The colors are all highly pigmented, it’s extremely durable, and it is by far the easiest paint I have ever used.
When I purchased this desk, I immediately knew my “whoops” paint would look right at home on it. Only one coat, and I was done.
The top, I decided to use a Dark Oak Wax, instead of a stain. The wood was not in the most lovely of conditions, so I thought the wax would hide some of the wear and tear. I love the rustic look of it too, against the dainty lines of the desk.


I swapped out the original knobs, which in themselves are adorable little round floral pulls, I saved them for another project, but went with standard wood knobs, painted the same color.  I didn’t want to go to fussy on this project because the desk just seemed to want to be simple and calm.
I love the idea of giving names to the furniture or pieces you have finished.I think it gives each piece more personality.
It just seems lovely and dainty to me, but not at all fussy.  Perfect for a quiet spot to study.
I love the finished look, it will hopefully be going to a good home soon. Hope your Tuesday is lovely.


  1. BeingBrook

    Love the color. I should start naming my furniture!

  2. Ann@StylishOnceAgain

    I have a very similar desk I am working on, but I went with a very pale pink. I think I will name it also. I would love for you to share this at my Restyled Sundays party.

  3. sharon

    Hi Mlle Redoux,
    Just visiting from the Power of Paint Party, and wanted to let you know that your desk caught my eye. (It was the dreamy soft color — your custom blend.) Is everyone using Annie Sloan's paint these days?! Guess so, and the results are beautiful. I'm sure your desk will find a happy new home. Best wishes.

  4. Ann from On Sutton Place

    This is beautiful…the two tone colors are perfect. This baby will be gone before you know it!

  5. Prissyville

    I love this finish. I have so many ooops and whoops paints that I am dying to get the courage to use them on a piece this large! Yours turned out great. Perfect mix of colors for that perfect grey!

  6. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    This came out so lovely~ the color and finish is perfect. Love the mix of the two finishes as well! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂


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