Monday, April 25, 2011

A Desk Makeover

This is a desk I found last fall at a yard sale.  The lady selling it
seemed reluctant to part with it because it was her grandmother's desk.









After sanding it, I gave it two coats of black paint.









After the black paint came two coats of pea-green paint, followed by
distressing to allow the black to show through.









It has lovely detail work all along the front of the desk which I wanted 
to emphasize with the distressing.









I kept the original hardware since it was already black and in good shape.









I used a clear and dark wax and finished it off with buffing to give
it a subtle shine.
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The seat came out a little to high, so unfortunately, I think
I'm going to have to take it all apart and take it down about an inch
before the open house.  I hate to do that because it sure is comfortable,
but it's a little too tight to scoot in close.









The desk top is decorated with a vintage key plate from an old home
mounted on flocked butterfly paper and a small nest of speckled eggs and
a butterfly nestled on a sweet little dish of moss.

















Linking with 
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Homemaker on a Dime for Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop
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A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
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Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
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House of Grace for Twice Owned Tuesday
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All Things Heart and Home for All Things Inspired
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Domestically Speaking for The Power of Paint Party
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Restore Interiors for Restored it Wednesday

 

44 comments:

Cindy said...

What a great transformation. Love the color!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Oh I really love that desk how original to frame up a key plate like that....we have an old, old house and have tons of those around here so I just might try that
Have a great evening

Mary Ellen said...

Cindy you are amazing! I know all these sweet treasures are just going to fly out your door during your open house!

The nest with butterfly is so sweet! I Love the color you chose for the desk too! Now you need to try and rest up before the big weekend!

I have been praying for you-

bee blessed
mary

Terry said...

You did such an awesome job on the desk and chair. Anyone would love this in their home...so it won't last long.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I love it! The black and green is a great combination. I'm hoping to find a desk one day and restyle it.

Shelia said...

What a beautiful desk! Love your paint treatment you've given it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

High Street Cottage said...

It's fit for a queen! Well done on the make over:)

Dawna said...

I love it! What a great make over for a great little desk!!

The Cranky Queen said...

The desk and chair makeover is wonderful. Love the doorknob plate (framed) also...Thanx for sharing. Visit me sometimes over at The Cranky Queen...Tiff

shannon i olson said...

that looks fantastic. what a great job, good color too.

Trisha said...

What a makeover! I really love the green & also the great fabric on the chair :)
New follower from Creative Bloggers party hop! Looking foward to reading more! Hope you get a chance to stop by mine too :)
Trisha

Katie said...

I see what you mean! Our desks are similar! I love these little old desks! And I love how you painted a layer of black, then you did your main color! I love how it peeks through! Great desk!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Your desk turned out so pretty :) Thank you for sharing it with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Emily said...

Love love love it!!!
-emily
nestnestingnested.blogspot

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Wonderful! I love it. You've completely given it a new lease of life.

Debbie said...

I love the transformatin! The paint job is perfect, and I think the stuff for the surface looks just perfect.

I really do like your style. I'm glad I found this blog.

Debbie said...

That's transformatiON. Ugh...

Ginny said...

It is just beautiful. You won't have this long at your open house.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I really like how the desk and chair turned out! I have a desk in the garage right now that we bought as a base for a work bench for hubby and now I am going to take it and redo it and use it for my own desk in our office. Hopefully that will get done sometime this summer. You must do painting in your basement...too damp outside for me to paint and too dark in the basement to see what I am doing! ~Hugs, Patti

Pattie said...

I love the outcome! I "really" love the key plate frame. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 8>)

ashley said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I absolutely love this desk. Ahhh, I have so many ideas running through my head for my dining room!!

http://www.evelynkatedesigns.com

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love your beautiful desk, especially with the chair! Sorry you have to de-cushion-ize it a little. You desktop decorations are all so lovely!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty. It has such great lines. Nice job. Have a great day.(-:

Marisa said...

You did an amazing job! I absolutely LOVE the decor on the desk!

Emily @ ReMarkable Home said...

It is really gorgeous! You did a fantastic job!

nataly said...

Awesome!!! I’m your newest follower from Creative Bloggers Hop. Please follow http://sweetcalifornialiving.blogspot.com/

Picket said...

Love how this turned out...just beautiful! Sooo love the idea of what you did with the frame and old lock plate...have a great week....Picket

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a wonderful desk and the finish is stunning. Love the color and the distressing. Fabulous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Clara @ Monkey Doodles said...

Love the finish! You really did a great job!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love how it turned out! You did a great job. I think the previous owner would be happy with how you restored it!

XO,
Jane

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Lovely makeover. You got a super chic blog:)

Sanghamitra.
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

The Paupers Castle said...

Beautiful job! Love that color!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love the color and hardware! Fantastic

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

Love the desk make over it looks stunning now. im your newest follower I started my own interior design company back in september id worked as a kitchen designer for 8 years after going back to college to study as a single mum so your a lady after my own heart

Stephanie said...

Just discovered your blog and added it to my Blog List! The desk turned out GREAT!

A New England Life said...

Where on earth do you come up with all these fabulous ideas, Cindy? My goodness you are one very talented lady! I'm loving that desk!

Sall's Country Life said...

That desk turned out wonderful! I bet the lady that sold it to you is really regretting it now, I hope she doesn't see it! Terrific job!!

Boho Farm and Home said...

That desk looks great! LOVE the green!
xo
Caroline

Robin said...

I'm jumping up and down I love this so much! :)
I'm going to feature it this week on All Things Inspired which should be going up within the next 2 hours!!! xoxo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the makeover on the desk turned out gorgeous!

jamie said...

I am new to furniture makeovers, but I am wanting to do something similar to this. I was wondering if you have a tutorial to the distressing technique that you use? I can't get it just right. Thanks!

Lisa Montsion said...

I love the makeover you did to the desk.

lisa

Christina Hodierne said...

I want to do the same thing to a desk I have in my office and love the colors. Can you tell me the technique you used for distressing? Did you just sandpaper the green enough for the black to show through?

Christina Hodierne said...

I want to do the same thing to a desk I have in my office and love the colors. Can you tell me the technique you used for distressing? Did you just sandpaper the green enough for the black to show through?

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