This makeover started with a creamy off white French Provincial style desk I found at my local Restore. I immediately got inspired to do a bold color with gold accents! I’m often more of a neutral color gal, but this sweet desk or vanity whatever it may be just called for something much bolder. So I opted to use Black Cherry Paint, Gold Accents and the Kacha Modern Moroccan Stencil for extra Pizzazz in the French Provincial Desk Makeover!
In this post I’ll share my basic steps in getting to the finished design and some tips for you if you decide to do a similar project. If you love gold you’ll love this design. Me, I’m a sucker for gold accents, especially when combined with a bold deep rich color.
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Products & Supplies Used In This Post
Wise Owl One Hour Enamel in Black Cherry
Wise Owl Stain Eliminating Primer in Clear
Dixie Belle Synthetic Brushes – Flat Medium and Flat Small
Wise Owl Varnish Topcoat – Satin Finish
Posh Chalk Pigments in Lemon Gold
Redesign With Prima Metallic Acrylic Paint in Goldenrod
Décor Stencil by Kacha with Redesign With Prima – Modern Moroccan Stencil
For the Hardware: Redesign With Prima Décor Wax in Eternal (Gold)
To Start: The Original French Provincial Desk
As I said I found this desk at my local Restore. The desk is solid wood, made by Dixie Furniture, but has a slick type laminate finish. It had goldish accents on it also. It however needed an updated look. The desk thankfully though was fairly solid. I gave it a good cleaning, as is always the first step in any furniture makeover. To clean, I use Dixie Belle White Lightening Cleaner in hot water.
The French Provincial Makeover Process
Step 1: Primer
Next up is priming the desk. Because of the slick laminate finish primer is needed to get the paint to adhere. The surface was in good shape so I didn’t want to sand. To prime, I used Wise Owl Stain Eliminating Primer in Clear. I should have used the gray primer to help eliminate the need for so many coats of paint. Sometimes when using a dark color, it is best to prime with gray. To get a good bond, I used two coats of the Wise Owl Primer.
Step 2: Paint
Okay this paint color is just gorgeous! So bold and rich. I had seem some makeovers featuring the color on Instagram and just had to try it. I chose to use Wise Owl because of the color and I like the convinence of a primer, paint and topcoat all-in-one product, so I chose Wise Owl One Hour Enamel In Black Cherry.
Because I primed with clear rather than gray and the paint had to cover white, it took three to four coats of this paint to get adequate coverage. But the outcome was worth it! Just such a gorgeous rich color! I adore this color truly. To apply the paint I used my Dixie Belle Synthetic Brush in Flat Medium and Flat small. These are some of most used and favorite brushes.
This paint has very low odor, and a smooth consistently. It is also very self leveling which helps. The paint also dries to a rock hard very durable finish. I am not sure I would use this paint on furniture again, but I think to say for sure I would need to try a lighter color. But I would recommend this paint for cabinets and doors, anything really where a durable solid well-protected finish is needed. I feel like it is very scratch resistant.
Step 3: Gold Accents
Now let’s talk about gold. Oh, how I love gold accenting on furniture. Especially with this rich deep color. Amazing. To accent the piece I used Lemon Gold Posh Chalk Pigment applied with an artist brush. First you mix some of the powder pigment with the satin topcoat product to make a liquid paste, like a paint consistency. This pigment powder is so rich! Then you can paint it on where you want it with an artist brush. Whatever size or type of brush you need to get into the grooves and edging.
Step 4: The Stenciled Top
Okay, next up is the stenciled desk top. To really add some gold I opted to stencil a gold design on this desktop. The Decor Stencil by Kacha and Redesign With Prima in Modern Moroccan was perfect! Anyway, maybe it was just an excuse to use this stencil I had purchased! One of my favorite mediums to use in stenciling is the Metallic Acrylic Paint also by Redesign With Prima. And you’ll never guess which color is my favorite . . . yep, gold or Goldenrod as this color is officially called.
To stencil you can use a stenciling brush, sponge, or paint roller. I happen to have the Redesign With Prima Stencil Roller so I used that. It work perfectly to apply the right amount of paint. The true key to stenciling is not to overload your brush or roller, always wipe or roll of excess before applying to the stencil. Better to do several light colors than put it on to heavy and have it smudge the crisp design details.
Step 5: Topcoat
This step in the makeover is not really necessary, but anytime I do a stencil on a tabletop I prefer to provide an extra layer of protection. For this, Wise Owl Varnish Topcoat in Satin worked perfectly. I applied it using the same synthetic brush I used for the paint application. but you can also apply with a sponge or roller. I did three total coats of topcoat on the desktop only.
Step 6: Updating the Hardware
So, part of the charm of this French Provincial style is the hardware and how it perfectly matches the rounded feminine edges of the furniture piece. So of course I planned to use the original hardware. However you know I wanted it gold of course to match the accents. First I cleaned the hardware with dish soap and water and then primed with a small art brush and two coats of Dixie Belle Slick Stick bonding primer in white.
To get the gold color there are a few options including spray paint, Posh Chalk pigment painted, metallic acrylic paint, and colored wax. I had the Redesign With Prima Décor Wax on hand in the color Eternal which is the perfect gold to match the other accents, so I went ahead and used it. I applied with a small brush to get into the details and once dry buffed with a soft cloth.
Summary: An Elegant French Provincial Desk Makeover in A Bold Black Cherry Color with Gold Accents
Finally, I’ll say that I know this bold “black cherry” color isn’t for everyone, but I adore it! And the gold just gives that pop and elegance that this rich color calls for! I found the most adorable vanity stool at my local Ross store and believe it or not, it so perfectly matched the black cherry color. Like it was meant to be!
So, I’d love to know your thoughts on this French Provincial desk makeover! And I hope it inspires you to use a little gold and be bold in your next project!
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Cheryl Atkinson says
hi Abbey! it definitely is a bold color but it’s the perfect color to use the gold with. it is an amazing statement piece! Great job!!
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