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Antique Inspired Writing Space {guest post}

Do you love French Provincial style furniture? Come see what Mary from Orphans With MakeUp has created with Lazy Linen, Pebble Beach, and antiquing wax!

I just finished painting this cute little table and mirror set. They were not an original set but since they are of the same French Provincial style, I thought they would make a great combination together.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The table can be used either as a writing desk or it would be great as a console table in an entryway.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The table had a very shiny varnish finish so I gave it a good sanding before painting. The base colour is Pebble Beach. Since the table top was very flat and smooth, to add more character to the top, I painted on the base colour in a cross-hatch pattern. When that dried, I applied a wash of Lazy Linen. These two different shades of grey really go well together. Both the table and mirror were then sealed with clear wax.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

After sanding and distressing, I added just a little bit of the Antiquing Wax on all the high points. It’s very subtle but it does add more depth to the piece.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The cute little vintage-looking suitcases are from HomeSense and I think they are a great “small-space” solution for storing files.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The mirror has decorative etching on the glass.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

A great piece for where space is limited.

Antique Inspired Writing Space #DIY #furniturepainting #paintedfurniture #antique #writingdesk #homeoffice #smallspace #frenchprovincial - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

As mentioned above, you can see how shiny the varnish was on the original piece. In instances like this, always give your piece a very good sanding before painting.







Mary Vitullo

Mary {Orphans With MakeUp}

My name is Mary Vitullo. I am a wife and mother to three {almost} grown boys. I am a blogger at Orphans With Makeup in Saint-Hubert, Québec, a suburb of Montreal. My furniture and thrifted finds are my little “Orphans” and my paint is the “Makeup”. I have always been passionate about home decor and can never seem to quench my thirst for it. My blog is mainly about repurposing vintage and antique furniture and styling the finished pieces to show them in their best light.


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