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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring Break in Mexico?

Our style is hard to pin down...we love so many...
French, Gustavian, Mid Mod, Farmhouse...
Spanish/Mexican is definitely something different for us, though!

Great lines, right? 
And we LOVE the rustic vibe it's got goin' on

We thought about painting it white for a nano-second,
but decided to honor the heritage of this Mexican import

We used five different shades of blue and green milk paint
and a rich, tomato red inside the big drawer

 We applied layer upon layer
not waiting for each layer to completely dry
so the color variations flow into one another

 The milk paint, as usual, did a spectacular job of chipping...

 We used Antique Glaze from Amy Howard Home 
applying multiple layers (it's a watery glaze, very subtle and build-able)
once that dried, we sealed with carnauba wax
This combination REALLY made the variations of color stand at attention!

 The colors remind us of the ocean...ranging from deep blue to aqua, turquoise, and green

We left the chair in it's natural state, 
only adding a bit of stain to add depth to the wood
The metal rivets along the back have been highlighted with shades of green and aqua
to mimic weathered copper's verdigris finish

Rustic and loaded with character, patina, and charm...
this desk is the perfect piece for a neutral room...
can you imagine all that chippy goodness
 coupled with the warm wood of the chair
in an all white room?  
Yes, please!

You can find this charming desk set in our Etsy shop


  1. She's a beauty! Lovely paint job Michele! It is so fun- I'll have to stop by and see that red drawer! I have to say I was on Ken's side with his idea of painting it in a Caribbean theme but I don't know guys should do more of that style. It suits you!
    Best, jen - the desk's former owner :)

  2. Love those colors. Did you use your Real Milk Paint colors or were these the Amy Howards? Could give the names of the colors please? Beautiful job!