DIY Cottage Chic Desk
July 24, 2012 by Home Trends
We are having a great summer! The weather is perfect for cottage country. We have a quaint little cottage that has been in the family for years. My late aunt had decorated the place back in the day and it’s in need of a makeover! I don’t like the furniture that is currently in the cottage. I want to refurnish the entire place but with more traditional looking pieces to create an eclectic look. Is that possible on a tight budget?
Having a home away from the chaos of the city is the best way to rest and rejuvenate. I remember spending many hours exploring the valleys of cottage country as a young lad. As I reminisce, the memory of cottage chic designs resurrect to inspire me for a fab DIY project!
Who says you can’t have a stylish look at the cottage? Just because it’s your home away from home doesn’t mean it has to be filled with hand-me-downs from your city abode.
There’s a certain look that I like to call “cottage chic”. This is an antique look, almost weathered, on a colourful piece of furniture. My absolute favorite colour scheme is a soft turquoise paired with an earthy brown. Refinishing an old piece of furniture with such a colour scheme is sure to get the fire burning in the design dept.
- Traditional desk
- Sanding block
- Turquoise Para Paint
- Brown Para Paint
- Paint brush
- Aerosol clear varnish
Using a screwdriver, remove the drawer handles. Sand, prime and paint the entire bottom of the desk with the turquoise paint. Use the brown to paint the top of the desk.
While the paint is half dry, scrape the paint following the wood grain. Once you have achieved your desired look, let the paint dry.
Lightly sand the entire cabinet to create smooth surfaces. Wipe down the desk and spray it with clear varnish.
Re-install the drawer handles.
There you have it – the cottage chic look! This is a simple way to transform urban furniture into the perfect piece for your home away from home!