White & Watercolor Revamped Desk

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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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