Today, we’re sharing the French Country Desk Makeover we recently completed for Week 2 of the One Room Challenge.
If you’re not familiar with this event, The One Room Challenge is currently in its fifteenth season and to date, more than 3,000 rooms have been transformed by featured designers, guest participants, and design influencers.
The entire process is documented over a six-week period as each participant shares inspiration, diy ideas, favorite tips and tricks, shopping resources, as well as a behind the scenes look at how everything is coming together along the way. It’s fun to follow because you never know what is going to happen during the 6 weeks!
As always, a big shout out to Linda of Calling it Home who created The One Room Challenge and to Better Homes and Gardens for being the official media partner of the ORC.
When I first thought about transitioning my office back into a bedroom, I wanted it to be calm and relaxing, but I also wanted to make it as functional as possible.
There are times when our sweet senior dogs are up at 2 or 3 in the morning and I just can’t go back to sleep right away. So, I knew I would need a desk that could easily serve as a nightstand but would also be big enough for a laptop.
A few years ago, I found this desk and hutch duo for a great price. Although the desk was black
and the hutch had been given a pretty bad diy spray paint job.
I knew with a bit of love and a fresh coat of paint we could shine both of these pieces right up though.
While the desk and hutch have mostly served us well over the years, I have to say, it was hard to work at the desk sometimes because the hutch took up some of the surface area on the desk.
Not wanting to lose either piece, we married the desk hutch with the buffet we’ve been using on the lanai at Bliss Barracks last month and it was a perfect fit.
The bonus is that we were then free to use the desk as a work station and also as a nightstand.
As I’ve shared with you guys before, we’ve been working really hard to create a more consistent color palette in our home these past few months. Even though I loved the Lambs Ear color the desk has been previously painted, I knew it wouldn’t work with the vision we had for the French Country inspired bedroom makeover.
So, I sanded down the desk (save for a few areas around the legs) with 80-grit sandpaper, followed by 120-grit sandpaper.
Then I painted the desk by creating a wash (equal parts water and paint) with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey,
and allowed the desk to dry completely.
Next, I waxed the desk with a coat of clear furniture paste wax,
followed by a coat of dark furniture paste wax in an effort to create a bit of French Country patina.
I buffed the desk and the legs with a brush.
I changed out the hardware from the foxes to these knobs
and while they didn’t look bad at all, I decided to use Rub N Buff in Antique Gold on the knobs. Once they had dried, I lightly brushed the knobs with dark furniture paste wax just to knock the “new” off.
Of course, I’ll have to let the wax completely cure before I put anything on the desk.
But it’s fun to see how everything is coming together so far.
I mean, can we talk about these perfectly patinaed legs for a hot minute?
It’s such a small detail but I think it really makes this French Country inspired desk have an aged over time feel.
I’m still trying to decide on things like wall art, rugs and accessories so I’m hoping to make a decision on those items soon. If there ever was a room to try and sneak a little animal print in though, this bedroom makeover would be a great candidate.
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow with scenes from our week, a few menu ideas, all our favorite things from around the web and the event that will definitely alter the pace of our ORC bedroom makeover in the coming weeks. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.