Tuesday, September 4, 2012

my french blue vintage desk

I bought this vanity at an auction... $12 dollars. She was sitting outside in the rain and in pretty rough shape but I saw potential. I thought she would be perfect as a desk in our home. She's little so she doesn't need much space and she has lots of character with the turned legs and decorative drawers. My name was written all over this piece of this furniture.

I decided that this was the perfect project to try some "chalk paint" (not to be confused with chalkboard paint) as I have been looking into Annie Sloan's chalk paint for sometime now. Wish I could tell you that I bought it for this project but I didn't. Hopefully another time. I've done my homework and am convinced that I will love it. However, I did make my own "chalk paint". My reasoning: one, I had a custom made color on hand from Sherwin Williams that I wanted to use up and two,  I couldn't justify spending the money on Annie's paint at this stage in my life. {3 kids... 2 of them in diapers!}

The custom color I stumbled upon at Sherwin Williams is my version of the perfect french blue. I bought the color "Quicksilver" and started brushing it on these chairs but it wasn't what I had in mind. So, I took my gallon of paint back to them and said "I need it a little darker please" and they gladly helped this girl out. It was the perfect color for this desk as well, take a look for yourself...

For those interested... there are all sorts of "chalk paint" recipes out there. Through Pinterest, I was able to find and read some blog posts and tutorials regarding "chalk paint".

The recipe I used...
1 1/2 cups FLAT paint
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup Plaster of Paris

Helpful Tips...
Dissolve the Plaster of Paris in the hot water.  Dissolving the POP in hot water helps against the "grittiness" that people complained about. For a protective finish apply a coat of paste wax.

My conclusion...
I LOVED painting with the "chalk paint" and the look it gives the furniture. It's like I've been given a beautiful piece of furniture with a wonderful patina from my grandmother. Only in my dreams :)
Can't wait to try the good stuff!

Linking to:
The Farmhouse Porch
Knick of Time
Savvy Southern Style
The Vintage Farmhouse
Primitive & Proper
Restore Interiors
French Country Cottage
Miss Mustard Seed
Rooted in Thyme
The Shabby Nest
The Dedicated House


  1. Mimi,
    What a great find! And a beautiful transformation too! LOVE that color!

  2. Great job! Your desk is lovely now. And thank your for the recipe. I can't find that kind of paint here yet.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  3. OMGosh! This is sooo pretty. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. How does everyone keep finding these amazing deals!!! What a gorgeous vanity - and you made it even more gorgeous
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you can

  5. gorgeous! that soft color is just so pretty!

  6. Such a gorgeous desk and a beautiful transformation. Your styling is beautiful as well.I think you got an amazing deal.

  7. Such a wonderful desk - I love the lines and you did an amazing job! Found you at the Vintage Farmhouse.

  8. Thanks so much Mimi for sharing this gorgeous redo on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great job! Have a wonderful weekend.


  9. What pretty little piece, you chose a great color. Have a nice weekend!

  10. Oh, she is just perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from French Country. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. I have a vanity with mirror that looks a lot like this. I am getting ready to sell it in my booth and will be sad to see it go, but I can't keep everything...people would start calling me a hoarder!

  12. You little vanity turned out so cute! I love the detail on it that gives it so much charm.
    Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your sweet comments.
    Mary Alice

  13. It's gorgeous~Thank you so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  14. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party. This week's party is now open. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-14.html Hope to see your prettiness again. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. $12 at an auction? That's my kind of a deal! Terrific score and I love what you did with it!

  16. I just found you and I love your blog and your style!! I'm your newest follower-I'd love you to visit :)

  17. Oh it is the perfect color of blue. I love it. I just painted my blue and you can see it when you visit the nest. Love your blog.

    Linda at The French Hens nest

  18. $12.00...I am in total envy! Love your transformation-sweet and girly!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolio of chalk painted work)

  19. Great Find I wonder what I can do with mine http://mamezantiquefashions.blogspot.com/