Sunday, March 4, 2012

French inspired lady's writing desk makeover

Remember this old lady's writing desk I found during last week's treasure hunt? The top of the table is veneer which had quite a few dings. I first tried to repair it with wood putty, but I did not like the result.

Then I remembered that I had digital images of 1918 French documents and I knew it would be perfect for the top of this table. I sanded back the rest of the table and slapped on some all purpose primer. When the primer was dry, I gave this gal a few coats of moody blue colour. When the paint was dry, I started the decoupage of the table top using my 1918 French documents.

When I reviewed my handy work, I did'nt quite like the straight perfect lines (give me imperfect anyday!) so I tore some of the paper into strips, making sure I was getting a tattered edge. I then applied the tattered strips around the edges of the table top. I love the result!

Now, this gal was ready for some "distressment". I shaved some of the paint off in areas concentrating on the edges of the legs. I then remembered that I had an acanthus leaf applique, I attached it to the front with some 'No more nails' adhesive, then I gave it the same moody blue colour. Finally I applied antique glaze, rubbing off any excess as I went along. Now she is perfect ((*_*)) create a -new!


  1. What a great table, it turned out wonderfully! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal (very similar to your tag!), I know our readers would love to see it too! (It's going on now and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  2. Love the way your table turned out....especially the top with the decoupaged documents. How different.

    I've just become your newest follower. Can't wait to see what you'll redo next. Please come visit me at and maybe you'll follow back.


  3. This is a beautiful idea. Amazing that the digital copies look so "old". I'm glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower and I would love for you to stop by and follow back, so we can stay connected. Lori

  4. This turned out great. Love the color and the top.

  5. I love the tattered edges! Thanks for giving me the link to this project. I'm looking through your blog and lovin' it! I'm your newest follower!


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