Annie Sloan Provence Desk

Annie Sloan Provence Desk Makeover

This Annie Sloan Provence Desk Tutorial will show you all the supplies and steps needed to refinish your furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!



Palm Sander and 80 grit sandpaper

Hand Sander

220 Grit Sandpaper

Tack Cloth

Annie Sloan Provence Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint (or any white paint)

Elmer’s Color Change Wood Filler

Putty Knife

Annie Sloan Clear Wax and Waxing Brush

Decorative Pull (only sold in stores)

jamiejowilliamsI was driving one day and saw this desk sitting on someone’s lawn. I ended up buying it for $5.00! I absolutely loved the little peg legs on it. 

jamiejowilliams.comThe desk had seen better days. It definitely had been loved on (or hated on) for a lot of years and needed some serious prep work. I used my palm sander and sanded down the entire surface with 80 grit sandpaper (anything finer would have been too gentle).

www.jamiejowilliams.comThere were chunks missing out of the veneer on almost all of the drawers so I used some wood filler to fill in the gaps. This stuff dries hard and fast so be careful not to apply too much. Use a putty knife to scrape off the excess. The goal is to get it as flush as possible with the surrounding veneer.

IMG_5306In this case I wanted to attach new hardware. I thought my new hardware was a perfect match but I’m sure glad I checked it out before I started painting because the holes were about 1/4 of an inch off. Darn! I used the wood filler to patch in the existing holes because I new I would need to drill new holes later. After the wood filler had completely dried (it will turn white), I sanded over it with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out any roughness.

jamiejowilliamsOnce the surface had been prepped and cleaned, it was time to paint! I love painting with new Annie Sloan colors. This Provence Chalk Paint was new to me. As soon as I opened the paint can I fell in love!

jamie jo williamsThis picture was taken after one coat. I applied a total of 2 coats. It covered very nicely.

jamiejowilliams.comI grabbed my hand sander and sanded down the entire piece with 220 grit sandpaper to give it a nice, smooth surface. Careful not to press to hard or it will start sanding off more paint than you want it to! I was careful not to apply any pressure during this step. I also distressed it slightly by sanding along the edges of the desk.

jamiejowilliamsAfter the two coats had dried I took a step back and starred forever. I liked it but it kind of felt “blah” to me. It needed something. So I decided to white wash it! I mixed about 1/3 cup Pure White Chalk Paint with 1/3 cup water. Mix it up and then paint a section, immediately wiping it off with a clean cloth afterwards. In the picture above you will see what it looked like before (left) and after (right) wiping off the wash. Note- you do not need to use chalk paint to white wash. You can use whatever white paint you have laying around your house, the results will be the same.

http://www/jamiejowilliams.comHere is what the top looked like after the white wash. It gave it that “little something extra” I was looking for. I did this white wash over the entire desk, including the drawers.

jamiejowilliamsWAX! Watch this video if you are new to Annie Sloan Wax.

AnnieSloanChalkPaintMeasure out and drill the new holes for your hardware. Attach the new hardware and you are done!






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  1. Sharyn
    May 22, 2016

    I LOVE the bouquet on top of the desk in in your welcome to my blog photo. Did you make it? Do you have instructions? My daughter inherited several jewelry boxes filled with vintage jewelry from the 30-50s … it would be nice to see it creatively displayed. Sharyn

    1. jamiejowilliams
      May 22, 2016

      Hi Sharyn! I did make my bouquet! I don’t have specific instructions but I just looked it up on YouTube and found lots of video tutorials. She should do it! It requires a bit of time and a lot of patience but it’s so beautiful once it’s finished. I currently display mine on our shelf in our living room. Such a sacred keepsake. I hope it works out for her! 🙂


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