lavender desk and french lovelies

I think I established in my last post
that Motivational Speaker isn’t in my cards ;),
but I’m happy my words resonated with some of you.

I really should stick to laundry n’ stuff though.

…like the lavender desk that I painted yesterday.

I’ve actually painted it thrice.

It used to be white.
(Click HERE for the way before and dabble in white.)

And then I painted it teal a couple of weeks ago.

Lovely and all, but I’m a lavender girl through and through.
It’s been decided that I can’t live without it.
What about you?

I think she was meant to be lavender all along.

I like it simple and faded around here.

Decorating rule #1:
To thine own self be true.

I’ll share the step-by-step painting tutorial on Thursday, which can be applied to any color,
but here are some close ups up the faded, weathered, and crackled finish that I ♥.

Anthropologie knob.

I kept the decor simple with antique French laundry tacked above…

…and some special treasures on top, including my “dream” Glassy Baby candle holder from my friend Lynne at Dreams on 34th Street and a vintage French cake mold from Maria at Dreamy Whites.
Sweet reminders of two of my favorite people.

All the desk needs to finish it off
is a little gray & white floral laundry decoupaged on top.
That will have to wait a bit though.

My best friend’s husband is a graphic designer and will be helping me to fancy up my floral design.

Well, “fancy” according to the gospel of me.

I hope you’re having a lovely day…
It’s a bit difficult in light of the recent Boston tragedy, I know.
My heart and prayers go out to that beautiful little city and all who were there
…and weren’t there, because this has hurt of all us.


For the tutorial on the maple plywood planked floors in the room, click HERE.

Update: For a detailed tutorial on this faded and weathered finish, click the image below...
freckled laundry faded, crackled, and weathered furniture painting tutorial using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Artisan Enhancements® Crackle Tex

Linking my desk at:
Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Elizabeth & Co.’s Be Inspired Tuesday

More lavender posts for you…
lavender burlap bags freckled laundry lavender garland freckled laundry button lavender and white slipcovered chair French freckled laundry faded weathered chipped crackled chalk paint furniture painting tutorial freckled laundry button template for bottom of posts antique lavender French bottle why do bottles turn purple sun glass amethyst bottle freckled laundry


  1. Such a lovely color and beautifully staged! The light crackle finish is perfection!

  2. cassie says:

    it’s so soft and pretty and SO you, jami!
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  3. so sweet,jami:)
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  4. blown away by all the lovely.

    grieving with you for boston too.

    smiles to you, beautiful.

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  5. blown away by all the lovely.

    grieving with you for boston too.

    smiles to you, beautiful.

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  6. Allison A. says:

    That looks really beautiful Jami. I love the soft lavendar. I am looking forward to seeing your fabric designs. My heart and prayers go out to Boston as well.

  7. Jill Flory says:

    Lovely desk Jami – I love the lighter color!
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  8. Dreamy. I always think your home and blog look just dreamy. I love that light fresh feel!
    Keep sharing!
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  9. Tracey says:

    What a pretty little desk and isn’t she lucky to have found such a lovely person to own her. Love the lavender!

  10. alima says:

    wow! I would never think to paint a desk lavender, but it is beautiful!! She was definitely meant to be lavender! I love her!
    By the way, I just repainted a desk for my living room as well. It is almost the same exact shape/size and I bought the very same knob from anthro for the front drawer. So it’s official, you are my DIY soulmate. :)

    • Jami says:

      Thank you, Alima! Yes…we are kindred spirts for sure. I knew it when I saw your gray & white-washed dresser! Did you get my email about the knobs? I was having issues with my freckled domain email yesterday. I got it all figured out and the email looks like it sent, but I thought I’d make sure.

      • alima says:

        I did get an email from you on Tuesday about the knobs. I emailed you back that same day. If you didn’t get my reply let me know and I’ll resend.

  11. She’s beautiful, I love the finish! And I disagree with the first sentence of this post. I loved your post about chasing your dreams. I do get discouraged often when I’m sitting here reading your blog along with my other favorites. You have so much success, and I see so much time and effort and love put into your passion. Then I sit there wondering if I can REALLY do the same, and start fretting about how I really don’t have tons of extra time around, and that I feel like I’m constantly watching the hourglass pour its last grains of sand before the time is up at the end of the day. But, I need to feel those things because that IS what keeps me going. If dreams weren’t such a challenge to chase or achieve, then we probably wouldn’t have dreams at all. Life would be ho-hum and easy. I think I get the most satisfaction when I have dedicated hours of time, elbow grease, and love into something that I am creating. Typically those hours are spent over several days, or even weeks for that matter. I am constantly wishing that I could sit down for days at a time and just create. But, since I can’t, I am forced to simply dream of what I could be creating in the near future :) Your post helped remind me that dreams are purely worth it, and to never underestimate yourself. That is something that I needed to hear!
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    • Jami says:

      I totally get it. When I started my blog, it was just a place share what I love and to cure boredom while my twins napped. About 6 months into it, I started worrying about how I measured up to other bloggers & questioning myself…am I not AS dedicated to post every night?, etc. That was such a poisoning (but natural) mindset to be in. Fast forward to now and I’m at a place where I’m just doing what I love again, when I can. I know things will happen in their own time…just as they will for you. Success has nothing to do with blog stats, popularity, shop sales, or how much you can check off your list in a day…it’s really just living in HAPPINESS, being able to enjoy each day and the little lessons we learn along the way. If you love what you do, others will too…it’s contagious. We are so much more than our dreams and I don’t think there are ever enough hours in the day to squeeze in all the things we love in life. I rob Peter to pay Paul usually. If I’m painting a desk, the dishes aren’t being washed, etc. ;) As you said, don’t underestimate yourself, love! If there is anything I can do when you’re ready to start blogging, please let me know. I can’t wait to follow your creative journey just as you have mine. Thank you!

      • Thanks so much, Jami! So good to hear how you have lived, learned and loved through your experience. I will remind myself of the advice and suggestions you have provided us, so that I don’t get caught up in stress and enjoy every minute of it instead. I will keep you updated along the way :)
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        • Jami says:

          Yes, please do (keep me updated)! (Sorry that I have to respond within my post. Since yesterday morning, something went wonky after a WordPress update & it’s making me approve all comments & reply through the WordPress dashboard. Hoping to get it figured out tonight.)

  12. so pretty Jami! love you feminine simple touches. the lavender is my fave of the 3!
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  13. This is truly lovely! I’m glad I’m not the only one who paints her furniture several times!
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  14. Lindsey says:

    This is so gorgeous!

    Do you have a tutorial on how you did a custom Pin It button on your images?

  15. Biljana says:

    It looks gorgeous, I love it:) Thanks for stopping by, hugs Biljana
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  16. Katie says:

    This desk is absolutely gorgeous and I just included it in my Friday Favorites round-up :)

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