Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Summer Project

This boldly striped desk -- just in at Providence -- might offer a little inspiration for a kid's desk transformation. The look offers a sophisticated way to bring in favorite sports team colors, or school colors, without going for a full-throttle theme room. Boys ages 9 to 12, who are growing up yet still slightly interested in doing a creative summer project with their mom or fun aunt, could design something very sleek.

Those with a bigger budget could makeover a metal desk by taking it to an auto paint shop, as Angele Parlange describes doing in her book, Creole Thrift: Premium Southern Living Without Spending a Mint.

BTW: the Providence desk costs $695. Also in the shop at the moment is a small round gilt and glass table, resembling the table seen in Hadley Inspired. The base of Providence's piece is a floral bouquet, rather than wheat. For more on Parlange, see Adventurous Spirit: Angele Parlange.


Pigtown*Design said...

I have realized that i am going to have to take the barrister's bookcase to the autobody shop to get it painted. i can not get a smooth enough finish.

The Peak of Chic said...

Great idea! Eye catching too.

Mrs. Blandings said...

can you do the auto body paint on wood? not just metal? you might have changed my life.

Style Court said...


I'd consult a paint specialist. In her book, Angele says that a friend took her front door to an auto paint shop, for a super high gloss, Parisian enamel finish.

I know enamel or very high gloss lacquer finishes can be applied to wood, but again, definitely ask a professional about the auto paint :)

Anonymous said...

Pretty desk and very neat idea. I'm interested to see if an auto paint shop will do that bookcase, Fairfax.

The Peak of Chic said...

I had a wooden chest "lacquered" in auto paint. Very glossy. Worked out well, but I agree with Style Court, better check first with an expert.

Style Court said...

Oh POC, thanks for letting us know. Sounds like it was a big success!