White & Watercolor Revamped Desk

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Disclosure: This post contains sponsored links from General Finishes. All opinions I share are 100% honest and entirely my own. Please see full disclosure policy here.

Welcome to this month's Themed Furniture Makeover Day! 

(pssst...if you missed last month's awesome makeovers, no worries - you can catch them here!)



In honor of Memorial Day, our theme for this month is Red, White & Blue!

Of those three colors, the one I'd be most likely to use by far would be blue, and at first I was considering sharing these lovely blue end tables with you. 

But as fortune would have it, I just so happened to have been painting a white piece for a friend this month, so I'll be sharing that story instead :)


I started out with a pretty standard kneehole desk - made of solid wood and soooooooo heavy:


My least favorite thing about painting pieces white is the number of coats needed for solid coverage. For this piece, I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White, and even though I technically didn't need to prime first, I did just to help cover the dark wood.

Once the base layer of paint was done, I gave the drawers a lace overlay treatment, per my friend's request. Just a simple lace valance from the thrift store, some silver spray paint, and a steady hand were all I needed.


Next, I tackled the top. My friend had been inspired by the black watercolor desk I painted last year, and asked if I could create a similar look in a different color scheme for her. 


Using my favorite colored wood stain, Unicorn SPiT, I mixed some custom colors. After many sample boards and modifying the original technique a little, I finally landed on a look we were both happy with. You can find the video for the basic technique by the lovely creator of Unicorn SPiT here :)

I sealed the top with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, and the body of the desk with GF High Performance Topcoat. Last, I gave the lady her jewelry - some lovely French provincial pulls from Hickory Hardware.

And here she is, from drab to fab!


Ready for a close-up of her lovely watercolor top?



I just love it!


Quite a transformation, don't you think? I don't often do such feminine and frilly pieces, but thanks to my friend's vision, I might just be inspired to do some more in the future :)

For more inspiration in white:











There's SO much more red, white and blue inspiration below - take a look!




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White & Burlap Upholstered Chair

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Good evening! As you may probably know, I don't typically write new posts on the weekends or in the evenings, but today, I'm joining in on a very special Best of Farmhouse Friends Blog Hop! Special thanks to Angie at Knick of Time (one of the best farmhouse style bloggers in the biz) for organizing our little group for this event!


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French Graphic Coffee Table Make-Under {Themed Furniture Makeover Day}

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Time is certainly moving quickly this year, isn't it? I can hardly believe it's time for another Themed Furniture Makeover Day with the DIY Furniture Girls. This month's theme is Neutrals, and there's quite a story behind this piece, so let's get to it :)


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Repurposed Picture Frame Serving Tray {Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge}

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I'm so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I've teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple--take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget, or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Meet the Hosts

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Revamped End Tables with Pure & Original Paints {The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest}

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Hello all! Welcome to the April Edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest! 


This month, our phenomenal sponsor is none other than Pure & Original, makers of some of the most fabulous paint to hit the DIY industry in recent years. It's a luxury brand, imported from the Netherlands and crafted to be environmentally-friendly with little to no VOC.


I have to tell you, I absolutely LOVED working with this paint. It's so incredibly smooth, the colors are rich, and it sands to a beautifully soft finish. I decided to make over this lovely pair of end tables.


They are solid fruitwood, made by a company called Kindel. A stamp on the bottom dates them back to 1956.



I knew they were great quality the moment I spotted them at Goodwill, but they had some cosmetic issues, including what appeared to be a handprint in the varnish. Weird.


First, I stripped the top to remove the old varnish (and the handprint). Then, I gave the base a coat of P&O Classico Paint in Majestic Cloth. This paint is like butter, I tell ya.


After that, I brushed on some Greek Blue and Libo Bay here and there, trying to keep it random and rustic-looking.


After some distressing, topcoat, and new pulls, they were all ready to go!




Instead of restaining the tops, I kept them their original color and sealed with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. They are so much prettier now! :)



I am so excited to have had the chance to try this awesome paint! Some of the finest painters in the biz, including Leslie Stocker of Colorways and Diane Grover of The Paint Factory, are huge fans of Pure & Original  and have created some gorgeous pieces with it. They'll also be serving as guest judges for the FFFC this month!


Pure & Original manufactures three paint lines - ClassicoFresco Lime and Marrakech Walls. Our paticipants and hosts will be working iwth Classico, a thick, chalk-based paint with natural pigments. Oh and did I mention it's available in over 130 colors??

Over 60 talented bloggers will be completing their "Pure Colors, Original Elegance" themed pieces this month. It's our largest contest yet, competing for our largest prize package yet! Here's what's up for grabs:

1 Euro Gallon of Fresco Lime Paint ($125 value)
1 Fresco Brush ($32 value)
1 Euro Gallon of Marrakech Walls ($134 value)
1 Marrakech Walls Trowel/Spatula ($32 value)
2 1 Euro Gallons of Wall Primer Tinted ($212 value)
1 Euro Gallon of Dead Flat Eco Seal ($130 value)
1 Hand-Painted Classico Color Card ($10 value)
1 Classico Sample Pack ($60 value)
One hour of application consultation (via Skype) with a P&O expert ($150 value)
Free shipping to continental USA

Total value: over $1000 USD

Amazing, right??

Be sure to come back throughout the month to see more the 60 amazing projects from our participants and hosts, including our featured host, Carrie and our social media manager, Thea! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!




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