French Provincial Desk

Looking back at all my work in 2015, I realized that almost half of the pieces I refinished were French Provincial. I have no idea why. No, I don’t specialize in shabby chic, or French Provincial style. I just like to transform any furniture from dull and old to beautiful and fresh, no matter what style, or whether it is a solid wood antique buffet or a beat-up IKEA table. However, French Provincial pieces keep finding me, and the more I do them, the more customers bring them to me.

This desk was my latest FP project. It matches this beautiful dresser I painted last fall. Exact same color and finish: Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, with black glaze and silver pulls.

As much as I love to paint these babies, I’ve never owned a French Provincial piece. I had never heard of them before I started painting furniture about three years ago. Now they are one of my favorite things to paint. Please dear customers, keep them coming!




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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

25 thoughts on “French Provincial Desk

  1. I love the color and how it turned out. I think that we’re a magnet for certain things and they find US! I’ve come across a few of the French Provincial pieces lately too….just finished up a smaller dresser. I like these because they look good in so many variations. Happy Weekend!

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      1. We are desk twins!!! I was actually browsing Pinterest to revamp the exact same desk and came across this. Could you tell me what was your process, did you need to use a sanding machine? And what type of paint did you use. Was it a lengthy process?


  2. Patricia! I am in love with your desk! It looks so crisp and fresh! Well done! I will be featuring it this week at Making Broken Beautiful! I hope you will share with us again soon!
    Have a great day!

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      1. Hi
        I love the color and how it turned out! Beautiful!
        You said it’s Benjamin Moore “steel wool”, is it a flat, eggshell finish?



  3. I’ve been asked to do a dresser like this for my nephew’s wedding. What type of prep did you do to the furniture before painting? He wants a stained top. Any suggestions?


    1. Hi Bobbi,

      I have a step by step tutorial on how I achieved this exact finish. Check out this other post.
      You can stain the top of any piece it is real wood. On this desk, staining was not an option because the top was laminate.
      For staining, you need to sand down the top completely then apply stain. On this video you can see how I stained a table top.
      Good luck!


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