Monday, September 12, 2011

My Little Blue French Desk

Where did we leave off?  Oh yes... Here...

And while this is already a huge improvement, I told you I have a problem with making myself stop when it comes to this stuff.  She is beautiful, but not extraordinary. 

I wanted to put something on the top, like, the WHOLE top.  I thought about just painting it another color (yawn).  Then I considered chalkboard paint (a little better but it's been done A LOT).  Then I remembered that last time I went to the Lobby (which I now live less than a mile from!) I grabbed this

Transfer paper!  It's a little pricey at $6.99, but it's 20 sheets and can be used over and over so I figured it was worth the investment :)

Next I went to the only place I know that I will never be disappointed when looking for a graphic.  Graphics Fairy has a million and one graphics that I wanted to use!  I finally decided on this one

I'm not real sure what it says, but doesn't it look cool!

I blew it up in excel and printed it (fast draft, grayscale) onto 12 sheets of paper. Then got to tracing.  This is what it looked like once I lifted the graphite paper.  It made the next part easy.

 Hubby the Great and I rearranged the living room so we could still be together while he played video games and I painted... isn't he Great!?

 I roughed her up with a sander and glazed her over with some black glaze. Then slapped a few coats of MinWax Rub-On Poly and

 I added a little graphic to the front drawer.

Let's just take one more look:


My original intent when I bought this was to refinish it and sell it.  I think I'll just put a price tag of $2000 and see what happens.  If I have to keep it, I have to keep it ;o)

What do you think?

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  1. I think if I had $2000 I would buy it in a heartbeat! Love the Paris on the drawer in the middle too :)

  2. I love your desk! You did a fantastic job hand painting it all.

  3. Great job. I am thinking of making something like this for my niece for Christmas. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am your newest follower.

  4. Love it! Love the color, love the stamp, love the desk. It all came together beautifully. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.

  5. Wow. This is just an amazing transformation. The color the painting, everything! Great job.

  6. i am SO envious! i love this! i've been wanting to do a french sign on some piece of furniture for the longest time.. great inspiration. awesome job!

  7. I love how your desk turned out. Time consuming but it's worth it.

  8. Adorable! My hubby too would clear an area of the living room for me to come do a project as he says I get "cooped up" too much in my craft room and he "misses me"

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  9. I love what you did with this!!! The color and top are PERFECT! It gives me inspiration for a French desk I just pick up....I've never tried this before. Can't wait! Thank you for sharing!!!

  10. She's absolutely lovely. You did such a fantastic job on her!! Found you via Creative Kristi. Toodles, Kathryn

  11. Love it! I just pulled that same graphic to put on a coffee table I have. I believe it is advertising "superior fabric" and beyond that I am lost. Well done!

  12. Use Google Translate to find out what all kinds of things say; this sign says "hardware for factory buildings." I get a kick out of how fancy it looks and it's just for factory hardware. I would really like to put this graphic on my coffee table so that when I sit down to watch tv I can giggle to myself. I'm the only one who knows! (he-he!)

    This looks great! I would love to find a desk like this! Wonderful job!

  13. Ha! Thanks Liz! I totally thought it had something to do with fabric :o)

  14. Beautiful desk! You really did a wonderful job with the graphics transfer and the distressing.

    (Saw you at the Graphics Fairy)


  15. okay, that desk is GORGEOUS...totally beautiful! thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog and leading me back here! you're the one who ROCKS so now i'm followin' you!


  16. That is so sweet with the graphics. I need a lesson on how to do stencils. Any suggestions? Thanks

  17. Your project turned out great! I can't imagine hand-painting all that. You must be a very patient person. I know you are creative!

  18. What a fantastic makeover, Katie! Your desk looks fabulous now!

  19. This is *gorgeous*! You got all those little curliques and frou-frous perfectly. Great work!

  20. Absolutely beautiful job, Katie! Wow! Love that extra little "Paris" on the drawer front! I just used a French graphic on top of a bench. What would we do without The Graphic's Fairy?? :) What did you use to paint the lettering? Paint pen or paint brush....?

    xoxo laurie

  21. Absolutely Gorgeous! You did a perfect job with the lettering.

    Saw your desk via Graphics Fairy.

  22. Katie,
    I have FINALLY found you! I have been wondering for days and checking out the internet to see how this is done.
    I have a large coffee table and want to transfer the word "Imagine" on it. I didn't know about the graphite paper.
    Question: Can i just print (mirror image) on Word? I don't know how to use Excel.
    What kind of paint did you use to fill in the letters?
    Hope you will email me soon. Thanks!


  23. ok...i'm gonna learn alot from you!!! Will have to try graphite paper...didn't know you could blow things up in!! Love the whole darn thing!!, absolutely beautiful! SOOOOOO excited to follow you, my dear!!


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