French Linen Desk Makeover

Today, we’re sharing a French linen desk makeover we were this close to using in the laundry room at Loblolly Manor. If you’re new here, you can read all about our plans for that space here.

We thought this desk would make a fabulous folding station in the laundry room and had I not had a moment of, “Aww, come one you guys, let’s just try this ONE thing, ok?” we would have happily used it in that way.

But…sometimes I just can’t let things go and once I convinced Team Crowned Goat to try adding a different piece of furniture (a buffet of all things) to the laundry room we realized this desk would actually be too big to use as a folding station in the center of the room.

I mean, you guys have seen that space, right? It’s T-I-N-Y which means every square inch has to be well thought out and planned.

So, once we decided not to use the desk as a folding station, we knew we had to use it somewhere and we finally settled on using it as a sort of nightstand in one of the guest bedrooms. The exciting news is that it was a perfect fit!

I don’t really know how long my Granny had been using this desk but the stamp on the bottom says 1959.

I think someone may have tried to “diy” it because the finish doesn’t look original at all

but that’s ok because I knew Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen would be able to bring this desk back to life.

I mean this pull out is so cute, right?

I usually try to get a few pictures of the painting process but we were fighting the rain on this particular day and I was painting outside. You can read our step-by-step guide to painting furniture here though if you’re interested.

All in all, I used 2 full coats of French Linen and in some areas, I had to apply and additional ½ coat on certain spots because for some reason the paint wasn’t covering the way I needed it too. I would normally seal with a matte polycrylic or 2 coats of furniture paste wax but I want to wait to see how the paint cures first.

Almost all of the rooms at Loblolly Manor are getting a bit of a refresh and we have most of them planned out already. That being said, we’re not really sure the decorating direction we want to head in this guest room yet. We’re leaning towards adding layers of blush pinks, whites and oatmeal colored linen right now. Finding a piece of artwork we love will be key.

Most of the furniture is on the masculine/modern side (including this French Linen desk) so we should probably just embrace it and go with it. But there is a definite French Country vibe happening in the rest of the house which gives us a moment of planning pause. We don’t want this one room to stick out, you know?

I think for now, we’re just going to keep our options open and find a way to bring in a few feminine elements to see if we can’t balance out the space.

Either way, it’s really nice to be one step closer to having this room finished no matter what decorating decisions we make next.

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share the cabinet my dad built to help hide the air conditioner return in the laundry room as we celebrate Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. I’m not even being biased when I say, it’s stunning! You won’t believe the result. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Just stop it with the cuteness factor! This painted desk is absolutely adorable in every way possible. Your styling is spot-on perfection too. BTW we have it on good authority that 1959 is a fantastic year wink-wink! Another perfect makeover!

    1. ha ha I think we all got a gift in 1959 then! Thanks so much for your sweet words. You guys know we always waffle between painting family pieces like this so I appreciate your support. Hugs, CoCo

  2. What a fun transformation. Honestly, Coco I dont know how you keep up with all these projects. Cant wait to see more

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