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Desk Makeover in Cartouche Green

We’re back at Bliss Barracks today sharing a desk makeover in Cartouche Green!

When it comes to gearing up for Spring, one of the first things I think about is working on projects that are quick and easy makeovers like painting a piece of furniture.

Planning a Room Makeover 

A few months ago, while planning a refresh for one of the guest bedrooms at my parent’s home, Bliss Barracks, my Mom found a desk she loved at a great price.

But the desk was a reddish dark brown like the other pieces of furniture in the room. And it all felt too matchy-matchy.

This is a peek at the guest bedroom before we started working on it…

Choosing a Color Palette 

As I’ve shared many times, Bliss Barracks has had a very traditional color palette for as long as I can remember.   

Recently though, my Mom decided she wanted to lighten things up with lots of blue and white and pops of green.

Since we’ve already worked on one of the guest bedrooms upstairs plus the twin bedroom, we decided to keep things consistent and use the same green furniture paint for this desk makeover as we had previously used for the secretary makeover in the twin bedroom.

It’s Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Cartouche Green.

Desk Makeover in Cartouche Green 

I completely forgot to take a picture of the desk before I started painting it, but as you can see it has pretty legs and is a great size too. 

Given the rest of the room has lots of rich dark furniture, my Mom decided she only wanted a pop of green on the legs.

So, she asked me to leave the woodgrain on the top untouched.  The top was already in great shape which made it an easy request. 

If you’re ever on the fence about painting the top of a desk or not, paint the bottom first and see how you like the contrast of the woodgrain against the paint. 

It’s the best of both worlds without the commitment of painting an entire piece completely.

I used 2 full coats of Cartouche Green paint to finish the bottom of the desk. 

And I lightly sanded around all the details with a fine grit sandpaper. To seal, I used clear furniture paste wax.

If you’re new to furniture painting, you can find my Back to Basics: Furniture Painting 101 posts here  for a step by step guide.

Decorating with Vintage and Thrifted Finds

My Mom and I love to treasure hunt. We’re constantly on the look out for unique pieces to bring home from charity shops, estate sales, antique malls and outdoor extravaganzas.

All the pieces on the desk, including the oil painting, have been collected from those trips!

The chair is one of the chairs from the breakfast nook downstairs. Right now, it’s just on a trial run. 

If we do decide to keep the chair in this bedroom, we’ll definitely have to recover the seat with a different fabric.  

You can find the budget friendly plaid throw at IKEA!

It only took an afternoon to complete this desk makeover in Cartouche Green. But it made an impact in the guest bedroom refresh immediately. 

As with the twin bedroom makeover and blue and white guest bedroom makeover, we didn’t do anything major to the room. 

We merely changed up the accessories, added a rug, changed out the linens and painted pieces of furniture we already had on hand. 

As the seasons begin to change, be thinking about the projects in your home that are not only quick and easy to complete.  But will also make an impact.

It might be a project to make you more organized or maybe you’re ready to stencil the floor or add shiplap to your kitchen. 

Every project you work on no matter how big or small is helping you create a home you love. And that’s worth investing in!

Let us know what projects you plan to work on this year!


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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. This is beautiful! I love the color!! My mom and I love to treasure hunt, too. We can spend all day in just one of our favorite stores!

    1. That’s so exciting to hear, Michelle! It’s one of our favorite activities too. I swear it never gets old and the most exciting part is that we never know what we’re going to bring home so it keeps us hunting 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you and your mom are finding. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Linda! The power of paint never ceases to amaze me no matter if it’s going on the walls or on a piece of furniture. Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo

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