Happy Monday!  Before I get to my Redoux, I just wanted to do one last shameless self-promotion shout out.  I was nominated on Skinny Scoop for one of the top 25 Home Decor Blogs.  If you haven’t yet had a chance, I would SO appreciate you taking a second to head over there and “like” me on their site, under Redoux.  Thanks!!


If you have been around these parts for a while, you know I don’t always play by le “rules”, if there were such a set of rules when it comes to painting and furniture.  Especially since I found my beloved CeCe Caldwell’s paints.  It is hard to leave well enough alone, or pick a project that doesn’t require a massive makeover.

However, sometimes the piece is almost perfect to begin with, maybe just needs a good cleaning and perhaps exfoliation?  Case in point, I found this gorgeous desk recently at a school rummage sale.  The top was in poor condition, but miraculously, the rest was quite well preserved.  Here is about where I started:

After some serious cleaning, sanding and wiping clean again, I had a perfect surface.  Instead of using stain, I used Danish Oil, two coats to be exact, to get this beautiful finish. For the drawers, they were almost pristine, they only needed a slight clean and restore with “Howard’s Restore a Finish”,  a miracle product that has stood the test of time!

For the rest of the desk, I used one coat only of CeCe Caldwell’s California Gold. Sanded it smooth with a 320 grit sandpaper, then sealed it 100% natural CeCe Clear Wax.  I changed out the knobs to something more in keeping with the look.

Don’t expect me to stick to the rules for too long, but for this week, I might be walking a more conservative line….

Stay tuned!  In the meantime, my pristine desk is available for sale at our next Paris Flea Market event.  Starts this Thursday!


Visiting these respectable parties:

The Honeysuckle Bus Stop
DIY Show Off
The Graphics Fairy
Artsy Chicks Rule
Tutorials and Tips





  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Now that is one really pretty desk!

  2. cassie

    so pretty! the wood grain on the drawers is lovely and the glass knobs tie in the white paint beautifully!

  3. Kris

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  4. sharleen

    LOVE IT. I am forwarding this to my parents to view too.

  5. Heidi @ Decor & More

    Loving the paint/wood finish combination … she’s a beaut!
    xo Heidi

  6. Jayne

    The desk is so pretty! I voted for you, good luck!

  7. Andi

    Liked at Skinny Scoop…and love the desk! I have a small vanity that just may get a similar treatment!


  8. Jill Flory

    That is awesome Karen! I love it 🙂

  9. Bliss

    Pinning that little beauty.

  10. Rhea

    Great colors and great job!

  11. Cheryl

    OMG!!!! This piece is gorgeous! This is exactly what I would have done but I’m sure you did it better!

  12. Patricia Krank

    Hooray! I’m so glad you were nominated in the top 25 and I went right over to vote for you! You ARE one of the best for sure and I hope you win this honor. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  13. Danielle

    Very, very pretty. I love the two tone and those knobs are lovely on it. What fantastic wood! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  14. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Love this one! And love the contrast of the two tone. Thanks for sharing it at the Project Inspire{d} linky party this week!

  15. Danielle

    Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  16. Katie

    This is so cute! I love the way it turned out and those knobs are so pretty!


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