Tuesday, May 14, 2013

French Chic Desk

Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do with a piece as soon as I see it.  Sometimes I have a thousand thoughts about it and it takes me forever to make up my mind.  

When I saw this one I just knew.  I've done two other pieces this style in the last few weeks and it just seems this is the time of the year for them to start popping up at garage sales.  This one was in the back of the garage and it was a fat mess. 

I brought it home and the more I worked on it the bigger the mess I realized it was.  The top had almost completely come off, the bottom was detached, the paint was peeling, yah-you get the picture.  It's a good thing I got her for a steal, although a few times I thought, "I'm not out much if I just chuck it in the garbage!"

So glad I didn't!  It just makes me smile to see her now!  What a change!

*this isn't the actual pic cuz I had it apart almost immediately when I got home, but it looked exactly like this only way worse! :)


Ok, I didn't know what color right away (I was debating between pink and aqua for a little girl and I decided I didn't want to do pink), but I knew how I wanted it to look. I am loving this soft aqua (I just mixed a few other colors I had to get rid of some of them!).

 Just adore these crystal knobs against the stripes and black edging!  

 This skirt is just particle board, and it was all bubbly.  So, I sanded it gently, primed twice, and painted two coats.  It's still bumpy, but at least I know she's covered and protected.

I couldn't find a chair for pics so I redid my daughter's chair and told her I would get her a new one. :)

Love this sweet little fabric.

color = custom mix

This desk was featured by
Holly @ 504 Main

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  1. OMG....this is awesome! I have a chest of drawers and end table just like this and had been wondering what to do....you have given me inspiration!!

  2. You really brought out the smallest details in this piece. Love the stripes and the black hardware. Love the way you used black to outline certain details. Great transformation.

  3. What a gorgeous makeover! I couldn't have chosen a better color for it! Love that blue; GORGEOUS!

  4. This is really cool. I love the black details along with the stripes. Love it!

  5. I love it! That extra detail in the stripes and black hardware really make the piece!


  6. really cute , love the stripes.

  7. WOW Lisa, you have have done it again.....another gorgeous make-over! I want to be your neighbor and the house beside me is for sale....LOL!! I have a garage full of furniture and I stand there and look at it all and ask myself what would Lisa do with it...no kidding!! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful make-overs. Enjoy your day, Gail

  8. Really well done! Beautiful transformation!

  9. Luv how this turned out. I have the whole set of this style furniture-all original. Someday I might decide to paint it. Great job.

  10. Wow...this is so pretty! Love that blue color.
    Thanks for sharing!


  11. So wonderful! Love the color and all the detail that has gone into it-and the fabric is a perfect choice. YES, we love it!

    Thanks for sharing this on the Tuesday BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT! It's been a fun, fun party. Sharon and Denise

  12. The aqua desk is so gorgeous, love the colors and stripes with the knobs. That is such a great piece. Love everything you do, great blog. Wish just once I could find a piece like some of yours. Guess it's just not the right area for pieces like you find.

  13. OMG, Lisa! This is GORGEOUS! I just love it. The colors are fantastic and I love the stripes. This piece had some great detailing just begging to be noticed and you did it! So glad you didn't give up. I've got my eyes peeled for a desk myself in my garage sale jaunts. Great job! Pinning this! : )

  14. I have this exact same desk and I painted mine a dark fuschia! Yours looks great!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  15. This is my favorite color right now. I LOVE the stripes on the drawer panels! Gorgeous and fun!

  16. How adorable. I know a little girl who would love to have this in her room!

  17. You did an amazing job. I love every detail. Thank you for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. I'm featuring your project tomorrow. xoxo

  18. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the stripes and black hardware. Very unique! Found you through the Green Willow linkup :)


  19. Very nice. I have bought a couple of pieces at garage sales and have felt exactly like you. So glad that you didn't give in to your just chuck it idea as it turned out beautiful. I love how you used the stripes.

  20. Amazing transformation! You added so much pretty details.

  21. Wow Lisa! You are one talented lady. I love this desk! Thanks for joining us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  22. LOVE the desk. I have one that I need to paint and this gives me some hope! :) Thanks for sharing!

  23. What a fun piece that turned out to be! That chair looks perfect with it. Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  24. What a charming desk! I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

  25. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this desk. The colors are gorgeous!!!


  26. So, so cute!! I love the stripey detail!

  27. Gorgeous, and I also love the little stripe detail! I'll be featuring this!

  28. Wow - you are incredibly talented. Great colours and the stripes really make it "pop"!

  29. Love it...I tend to work more in distressed shabby chic...but I love the brighter cleaner aspect.

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