Sunday, October 7, 2012

Girl's Desk in Black

I happened to be out of town and had a few minutes to kill a few weeks ago while waiting for a friend. I told myself I would go into Goodwill and "just look"--well 5 minutes later I was loading this desk into my husband's truck. It was meant to be!  :)  I had driven my car and was going to walk out without it because it obviously wouldn't fit when DH (who drives our truck) just happened to call. I said, "Where are you?"  He said, "In Green Bay." (He travels a lot for his business.)  I said, "How far are you from Goodwill?"  He said, "I'm just going by."  You can't tell me that's not fate!!   :)

 I loved the simplicity of the columns and the curve of the front piece and it was in fairly good condition--nothing a little wood glue couldn't fix.  Too good to pass up. :)



 I hated the original pulls (sorry) and love how these knobs give it such a feminine feel without being over-the-top girly.  

 I wanted this desk to have a softer look and feel, so I ended up waxing it instead of using poly.  I love the look it has (and it feels like butter), but I will NEVER wax over black again!  I try not to cry doing this job (it's just furniture, right?), but I was pretty close on this one ( I had to sand the top and the drawers off and pretty  much start over at one point).

 I absolutely love the contrast of the white chair and knobs with the black.  I also love how it just has a worn well-loved feel.  

 Still think this chair is so sweet.  Ania (my daughter, who is 7) asked me if she could buy it from me! lol!

These drawers were a mess.  I think someone spilled ink in them. I painted them (with 4 coats!) and lined them with the same fabric as the seat.

Cassie, over at 
Primitive and Proper
featured this cute little desk.  Thanks Cassie! 

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  1. Love, love, love it!!!!

  2. Oh, I feel your pain. I once did a black piece and used spray on poly and it looked streaky and awful. I had to paint the whole thing a second time as well. Good to know that wax will do the same thing. I think I'll stick with my brush on poly. Looks great now though so good job!

  3. It turned out great, but it pulled at my heart-strings. I found a desk very similar to this at our St. Vincent DePaul and passed it up to wait for their sale, and missed it!! I kicked my self mentally for weeks :( They were only asking $8 for it too. Silly me! That won't happen again you can be that!!

    Nice job ;)

    1. Thank you Michelle! I hate when that happens! :( Us bargain hunters have to learn to strike when the iron is hot (I'm forever saying, "I'll come back and get it....").

  4. i LOVE this! i am so into black right now and this piece is awesome! those knobs were the perfect touch!

    1. Thank you Cassie. My husband said, "I don't get the whole funky knob thing." So, your comment made me laugh! I love the knobs, too!! :)


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