Monday, May 16, 2016

Ave Home: Colette Desk

Hello friends! Today I’m featuring a furniture shop that allows us DIYers and designers to personalize raw furniture with our own finishes. I was introduced to Ave Home and their collection of raw furniture and was excited to see their furniture in its raw state allows anyone to tailor it to their individual preference. This desk is the first of three pieces I’ll be finishing and featuring this year.

The first piece I was drawn to was the Colette Desk – I’ve needed a new desk for my office and this one with its classic French style appealed to me. It arrived via freight then I unpackaged it to get started on painting it.

 colette raw

When it arrived in its raw wood state I chose to paint it with a classic white and gold combination, keeping the surface and fluted legs white and gilding the egg and dart detail and also the hardware.

 gold and white colette desk


 colette desk flowers


I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White (2 coats) then finished the surface with a coat of clear wax (I apply it with a rag then buff it).

 chalk paint supplies

 applying chalk paint

For the gilding I used two products that work well, Liquid Leaf in ‘Brass’ for the egg and dart molding and Gold Leaf spray paint on the hardware.

 gold spray paint liquid leaf

 liquid leaf gilding


I shopped my house for a more classic decor with which to style it, including paintings purchased on my European travels and a crystal lamp from my master bedroom.

 colette desk and chair


I love that this desk is finished on all sides, including the back, not all desks offer this feature and it’s a welcome detail for when this piece finds its new home in my office because the back of the desk will face the entrance.

 colette desk detail side


 colette desk hardware


 desk view through chair


I chose white for my own home but I’d love to see this piece in a pale pastel pink with gold detail or a deep charcoal or glossy black.

 colette desk


Ave Home has a variety of unfinished pieces you can choose from, hop over to their online shop to see many more selections and to find a personal favorite among the collection of raw furniture.

 ave home pieces


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This project brought to you in partnership with Ave Home, an online source for the DIYer or designer who seeks quality furniture pieces to personalize for their clients or their home. All opinions are my own.

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