Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Desk Makeover

I have people tell me I'm creative.  I'm not sure about that.  Sometimes I feel like it just comes to me and sometimes I really struggle.  I've done around 250 pieces of furniture in the last year and a half and I think my brain is tired! :)  

This cute little desk/vanity was sitting in my garage and I just could not think of what to do with it. 

 I didn't want to think about what to do with it. 

 I went through 10 different colors in my head and just could not visualize it in any of them.   I absolutely adore this radio cabinet I did last week, so I thought why not just do it in the same color?  Who said I had to do something totally different?  And,  I could totally see it.  No need to reinvent the wheel, right?? ;)

Love this pic of me in the mirror and my son's legs sticking out the bottom! ;)


 This time I didn't glaze over the color, so it's a little fresher looking than the radio cabinet.  It's hard to say which way I like it more because they're both so pretty. 

 I love this color with white underneath, so I rubbed through parts of the drawers.

These amazing flower knobs again and I've been waiting to put these cute faucet knobs on something.   I just happened to have four of them, so I totally believe it was fate! :)  Plus, I am so in a gardening mood this year, so I love the idea of the flowers with the faucets! 

Such a great little mirror so it could be used as a vanity as well.

 This piece is actually solid oak so I sanded the top down and stained it in Dark Walnut.

This desk was featured by:
Megin @ VMG206
Deborah @ Green Willow Pond
Brooke @ Start at Home
Thanks ladies!

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  1. Beautiful, Lisa! Love the color! Great flower knobs and I love the uniqueness of the faucet knobs, too.

  2. Perfect! That treatment is soooo beautiful!!! I am the same....I feel like I need to do something different with each piece, then I burn out. I love blues and whites and greens, so i've decided that's what I'll stick with. They sell easiest, and I always have those colors on hand. :)

  3. What a pretty piece in a great color! And oh those knobs! Love this one too!

  4. This is wonderful and those knobs are perfection! Thanks for sharing with our co-host Megin at VMG206 on our BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

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  5. Gorgeous, Lisa! I love the color!

  6. This is stunning! The piece has gorgeous lines to begin with and your color choice is perfect for bringing them out! LOVE the knobs! The flowers remind me of vintage pins and I adore anything to do with gardening! I found your blog through Wow Us Wednesdays and will be following, looking forward to reading more posts and admiring more photos! Hugs, Leena

  7. Very cute knob assortment. I agree with you, the faucet knobs with those gorgeous flower knobs go together so well! Wish this was in my room.

  8. Love that you did a two-toned paint/stain on this piece. Cool knobs!
    New follower thru Fluster Buster ;-)

  9. Well, I for one am in awe of your talent. It is one thing for me to cut into and paint/ink up a piece of paper or two....but I don't know that I would have the courage to dive into something as big as a piece of furniture!
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  10. Love this, Lisa! The color is so yummy!
    Thank you for sharing at Brag About It this week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  11. The before picture is hysterical! Another amazing redo!!

  12. Cute before photos Lisa and I think I like this one a tad better, so your effort was well worth it.

  13. YES . . . you are one of the most creative furniture painters I know! I absolutely loved the radio cabinet and I adore this as well! Oh my goodness, what a great idea to put old water faucet knobs on for drawer pulls. I was a bit taken aback to see your cute pic in the mirror with the much larger legs peeking from beneath the dresser! Funny!

    Thank you for continuing to create and inspire those of us who want to be just like you!


  14. Popped over from Lilyfield Life. I love the combo of blue over white. And the knobs... genius!

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  15. What a wonderful transformation! I love the knobs. They are so pretty and unique.

  16. hi Lisa - thanks for linking up to my Paint Parade, you've done it again with this pretty colour and those gorgeous knobs. I love it!
    cheers Fiona

  17. Beautiful! I love how this turned out and I love the knobs!

  18. You have such wonderful vision! I love the new color - so fresh. It totally changes the style by changing to those perfect knobs! You did an awesome job, and I'm wishing I had some of those flower knobs for something around here. :-) Hope you have a great weekend!
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  19. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for linking up at Hickory Trail!

  20. I wanted to let you know that I loved this project! I’m Featuring YOU on VMG206 ~ Brag About It Tuesday's Linky Party from last week! We go live Monday at Midnight. So please stop by and grab a Feature Button and Link Up something new.
    I have also pinned your project to VMG206’s Brag About It Features Pinterest Board. I can't wait to see what you've been working on this week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  21. Everything is just gorgeous with this piece... love the color, knobs... just lovely! I'm featuring your desk in the PoPP Spotlight this week.

  22. I love this desk it is beautiful, and the knobs, well they are to die for!!!! Thank you so much for linking up at Start at Home's Paint Party!

    Start at Home

  23. Not creative...seriously??? The dresser is adorable! I love the handles. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  24. The hardware just puts it over the edge. Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux!

  25. Hi,
    Great job! Everything! You always have the best knobs and you usually try to make them different on the same piece. The colour! I should just do exclamation marks right across the page!!!!

  26. What a wonderful transformation and congrats on the feature @ life on lakeshore drive!

  27. so pretty. Love the flowers knobs!!

  28. Wonderful redo, so beautiful. Any chance you could do a tutorial on how you made the 2 knobs on the top drawers? I am certain I am not the only fan who would love to copy them!! Pat. patcham929@hotmail.com

  29. Hello Lisa,
    What a transformation! You have done a creative job on this oak dresser. I love your treatment of it as well as your eclectic choice of handles. You have given this piece of furniture a beautiful life again! Yay!


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