Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Antique White Desk

I never appreciated furniture before starting this little painting/blogging journey.  If I wanted something I wanted it to be new and I wanted if from the furniture store (I know, I know, but please put the stones down and hear me out!).  The old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" is my mantra now.  I love finding an old piece of furniture that has been neglected and forgotten.  If you've been with me for a while you know I have a soft spot for curves, great legs (yes, I am still talking about furniture here!), and lots of detail.  But, unless you make furniture your business or have a special interest in it you probably don't have those kind of pieces just lying around the house (or maybe you do!  Lucky you!!)

More often than not I am revamping every day pieces that you can probably find at most garage sales.  And, I love it, too (ok, maybe not quite as much as that antique buffet with the queen anne legs, but...).  

My clients bring me all kinds of furniture.  And, I guess this post is to show you that you don't have to have great antiques to get in on the painted furniture craze that is going on right now.  *I think I might have mentioned that I painted my Walmart computer desk and get lots of compliments on it. ;)

This little pedestal desk was your average particle board (yes, particle board!) piece of furniture.  It was solid and in good shape, but needed a face lift.  

My client wanted something that would go with this buffet (I still love it and was more than a little sad to let it go, but it has a wonderful home now!).

Before-pretty standard


I painted it white and then stained over it with Early American by Minwax.  I normally don't like the look of staining over white because it can look "dirty", but I found that if you use a light enough stain color it helps with this and gives it a nice antiqued look.  It actually reminds me of tea stained paper.

I love how a little paint can make any piece look like a million bucks (and make it look like it was made just for your space!).

I wasn't thrilled with the original hardware, but after spraying it with Oil Rubbed Bronze (my go-to color!) I think it looks a million times better.

The top on this desk is my favorite part.  

I thought she turned out great and will be the perfect companion piece to the buffet!

 Now go paint something!! ;)

I think I might have a post a day this week so stay tuned!

 Laura @ The Ironstone Nest

Judy @ DIY by Design

featured this desk today!  Thank you so much ladies!

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  1. I love the desk, Lisa! And I totally agree with you...before I started my blog I didn't put much thought into the furniture I was buying as long as it was bought from a furniture store. Things are so different now! And I LOVE seeing potential in old, worn out pieces that other people just can't see! It's fun to be able to give a piece a new life and have people enjoy it again.

    1. Thank you so much Allison! I'm more amazed by what comes out of the dump than the furniture store! lol Have a great week!

  2. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  3. Love the desk Lisa, and the hardware too! I'm working on one too that I found in a dumpster, not done yet just taking my time with it because I'll certainly be using it a lot!

  4. This turned out so great! I would LOVE this in my house. I love the color and the subway art on the desk! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great day!

  5. Beautiful! You did a wonderful job on it!

  6. You really did a beautiful job. It looks amazing. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much Judy! Can't wait to stop by! :)


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