French Inspired Writing Set

Hi all!

I’m happy with few things, and one of these things is go shopping. I know, now you will tell me that you are also happy when shopping, but I mean thrift shopping. I just love walking by flea markets, looking for little treasures to be discovered, talking to people about them and for the fun of bargaining for that special item. I could spend hours there!

One of those days my husband and my girls decided to come with me, so there we went. I stopped to have a look at some gorgeous finds while the rest of the family kept walking. When I reached them I was really excited about what I just bought for 1 € and showed it to them… I can’t describe their faces, but I guess you can make an idea looking at this

French Inspired Writing Set

French Inspired Writing Set

Yes, exactly, that’s the same face they had! A face like what-is-that?? But I had a vision in my head and I was not seeing the blue glued paper it had, or the kind of cracked paint effect someone tried to achieve.

It took me two layers of paint stripper to get rid of all that paint. Then I used white DIY chalk paint to leave it completely white, decoupaged a piece of script paper, stamps and butterflies, and wrote the names of Timbres (which mean Stamps) and Papiers (which is Papers) with a pen.

French Inspired Writing Set French Inspired Writing Set

I aged it a bit with some black paint on a sponge all over the corners, two coats of varnish all over and it was done! Do you like french style decor items?

French Inspired Writing Set

What do you think? Is it worth what I paid for?




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  1. Mary-In the boondocks says:

    Pili, It is worth 50 times what you paid for it. And I’m sure that your family must have been equally surprised. It looks nothing at all like the before. It takes a special eye to see the hidden beauty in things.

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much Mary, they were surprised indeed. It’s easy for me sometimes to see what I want to do, but sometimes it takes months until I have one idea…

  2. Amanda says:

    I love the transformation! Such a cute little desk accessory now, and the french flair is perfect! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  3. Botanic Bleu says:

    French-inspired items always speak to me. And stationery also speaks to me. So your combination of French inspiration and a stationery holder grabbed my attention. You did a great job transforming the neglected piece into a real treasure.


    • Pili says:

      Hi Judith! I love to have a few french-inspired items at home, they seem to have “soul”. That’s why a love transforming ugly things into new ones. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Gloria @ Potentially Chic says:

    Definitely worth the little money you spent on it. Great transformation!

    Thank you for linking up to Your Inspired Design!

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Kikki. In fact I sell almost everything I do. If I didn’t we should go out of the house because there wouldn’t be room for us!

  5. Beverly says:

    What a fabulous transformation. Isn’t it great when you purchase something for a song and then make it into something so wonderful. You have a wonderful design eye.
    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday,

  6. Sandy Sandmeyer says:

    This is a wonderful item! You did a lovely job recycling and made something that would make a great gift. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

    • Pili says:

      Evija, I’m so honored you’ve chosen this as your featured post! I love all you do! See you at the party this week again!

  7. Lisa B. says:

    Pili!! This is such a cute idea! I love how you gave this a make over and it looks so nicely done. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Kathryn! Really amazing!! Thanks so much, I’m really excited! Of course I’ll be there, not sure if now or tomorrow morning because here in Spain is really late 😉

    • Pili says:

      I love it too, Ashley! I started it with an idea of what I wanted, but it ended up much better than what I planned.

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