Thursday, May 9, 2013

Little Flourish Desk... Plus Pastel Painted Toolboxes

I have been working on this little desk in spurts for the past several days.  An hour here and an hour there seemed to be all the time I could find to paint, but it's finally completed and ready for the shop! 

At first I figured this would be a quick and easy one to paint, after all it's just a little desk, right?  Easy, maybe...I mean, it wasn't difficult.  But quick?  No.  Besides having 9 drawers, this desk is finished on all sides...a nice feature if you want to stick a desk out in the middle of a room!
So, as I was waxing this piece today I realized that it was almost as if I had just painted and waxed two desks! 
 Incidentally, I am still on the same can of Old Ochre Chalk Pain® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan that I used to paint my French Liqueur Cabinet... and there is enough paint left in the can for one more small project! I've said it before and I'll say it again...Chalk Pain® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan is well worth the high price tag!
If two-sided feature of this piece wasn't enough to stretch out the makeover, I could not make up my mind about what to do with the desk top.
At first I thought I would paint it, but when the old, unattractive chippy varnish sanded off to a smooth nice wood grain, I decided to stain it instead.  I kept telling myself to keep it simple, even though I was just dying to do some kind of decorative painting on the wood.

Because I can't seem to leave well enough alone, I pulled out a stencil and added some feminine flourishes to the desk top, also in Old Ochre and sealed it with both clear and dark wax.
I have been saving my Harney & Sons tea tins for quite some time now and have finally found a use for them!  My mom and I put together a couple of flower arrangements for the shop this morning.  Isn't the pretty tin a sweet vessel for flowers?  I plan to have several of these for sale on Saturday for our Mother's Day weekend sidewalk sale at Camas Antiques!
I am bringing several old toolboxes that have been made over in Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan to the sidewalk sale as well! 
 With all of the neat little divided trays inside of these boxes, the possibilities for what might be kept inside are endless.  Here is how I'll be using mine!
Thank you for your sweet visit today!  Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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