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Playful Purple Metallic Home Office

I was recently asked to custom paint two pieces for a new home office.  I love the furniture my client selected, which have been in my inventory for some time.   The armoire, which will be used for storage, has eye catching details while the french provincial vanity, to be used as a desk, has wonderful lines.  She wanted both pieces painted in a metallic purple,  created by combining an eggplant color with silver metallic paint.

Painted in metallic silver and glazed, the armoire’s embellishments create a sense of glamour.  I discovered  these knobs a few years ago and they are perfect with the armoire and vanity.

The entire armoire is glazed in a mixture of black latex and gold metallic paint.

My client will add shelves to the armoire, expanding its storage capacity.

The french provincial vanity before its makeover.

The drawer pulls were converted to knobs.

My client wanted the desk top to be painted black and then distressed to show the metallic purple and the various accent colors underneath.

The original gold detail on the piece was enhanced.

I really enjoy when my client’s expand my palette horizon.  Purple metallic is a unique choice but it works wonderfully!

Elegant and Versatile Table

I drive myself batty.  Why don’t I remember to take “before” photos?  How hard can it be to remember to do so?  Argh.  Needless to say, I don’t have “before” photos for this piece.

front view

My first step was to strip, sand and stain the top.  Actually, I stripped, sanded and stained it twice because I didn’t like my original choice for stain color.  It was too orange in hue.

Side top view

After a fresh coat of paint, I used a dark wax to give more definition to the cream color.  I opted not to paint the existing bronze/gold accents on the piece but left them in their original form.  I like their imperfect quality.


I seek furniture that has versatility.  When I purchased this piece, it had been used as desk, but it could also work well as a sofa table, entry table, buffet … it would function well in nearly any room of a house.  It is for sale at The Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport.

From Yard Sale to Family Desk

The previous owners of our house expanded the kitchen and guest bathroom. They also added an odd room that connects the bathroom to the kitchen. They installed an exterior door and a small set of concrete steps to access the backyard. The door has never been used for that purpose since there is a large set of patio doors on the opposite wall that lead directly to the patio.

When we first moved in, we had a chair and table in the room, not that anyone would ever seat there, but we weren’t sure what else to do with the room. When our kids got older and started to be on the computer, I decided to put a desk in this room so we could see what the kids were doing on the computer.

kitchen 2_edited-2

We also struggled to find a desk to fit in the space.  I found this great victorian table and repainted it as it was the perfect size for a laptop.  But not a great table for any paperwork you may need while you work on your laptop.

red victorian table

I was heading home from the grocery store when I came upon a yard sale and spied the desk below.

before photo

Initially I was  only buying the piece for the legs as I had a white counter top I thought I’d use for a desk.  But upon closer inspection, I decided that this piece would be perfect as it had storage and plenty of countertop for paperwork.

close up

I struggled with how to paint this piece.  Initially I painted it off white and stenciled a fun Moroccan pattern in red on top.  But the red paint bled in so many spots that it was necessary to try something else.  This time I painted the desk in red and applied a round stencil in the middle with white paint.  Again the paint bled, causing me much frustration, so plan was to paint the entire desk in red.


I love the pop of red color in the room plus I love the additional storage the desk provides.  Ideally I love to remove the door and add a built in desk and shelves but that’ll have to wait for another day.

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