I just delivered two desks to a client up in Shady Cove. She has the cutest antique store, Shady Kate's, and it's full of everything I want. Really, I could take the whole place home. Especially the silver coffee pot in the kitchen. To be safe, let's just consider that piece mine. Hands off, people!
Well, okay, if you must. But give it a good home!
The lovely Kate asked me to paint two desks, a feminine ladies desk and a more masculine secretary desk.
The ladies desk we decided would be, well, lady-like, with antique postal graphics on the front.
The secretary desk would reflect the local area. Shady Cove offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and we chose to go with fishing.
Ladies first: There was veneer to repair - you can see it bulging in the before photo. And there was a sticky substance covering the entire desk that had to be removed. I later learned it was nicotine! As usual, the mahogany gave me a run for my money.
It took 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of shellac sealer to beat back the pink bleed-through. I considered painting all future mahogany pieces pink to just end the madness, but that was just a weak moment.
Repaired and un-pinked, here is our little lady!
French postmarks and parts of letters on parchment.
I used Annie Sloan Old White and French Linen paint, along with both clear and dark wax.
This and other pieces of Annie Sloan painted furniture are available at:
21584 Hwy 62, Shady Cove, Oregonwww.shadykates.com
BIG NEWS!Shady Kate's is soon to be a stockist for Annie Sloan paints and products! I'll keep you posted. She should have her stock in a couple weeks!
Linking to: nifty thrifty things, my 1929 charmer,
diy show off,
funky junk interiors
under the table and dreaming
the gunny sack
home stories a to z
the shabby creek cottage
miss mustard seed
my repurposed life
french country cottage