22 May 2009

Shabby chic desk

Okay, so here's the decorating project I've been working on.

In the corner of the studio is this little pine desk that was very kindly given to us by my friend Julie when she moved back to the US.

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It's a nice, solid piece of furniture, well made and sturdy ...

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... although the boys have managed to mark and draw on the top.

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The problem was ... pine just isn't my thing. Plus it didn't go with the rest of our furniture which, with the exception of our dining set, sofas and headboard, is all white.

For a while I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it. Should I paint it white? Paint it white and distress it? Paint it green and distress it? Stain it dark? Tile the top?

Then I came across this post - specifically the coffee table makeover - and knew that that was what I wanted to do!

So I primed the drawers and legs and painted them with four coats of off-white satin paint and lightly distressed them with sandpaper ...

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... and stained the top with dark, water-based satin varnish.

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Ta-da! Look how beautiful it is now!! I totally LOVE it.

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And did you notice those beautiful glass knobs??

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I cannot even begin to tell you how thrilled I am with this makeover. I love it! I wish I'd done it a lot sooner.

As you can see in the first picture this desk used to hold the boys' computer, which has now died. So I get to dress it up a little with cute containers to hold pens and pencils and they can use it for drawing and crafting. And if it gets a little beat up, well it will only add to the charm.

See how well it goes with my ancient flea market chippy chair?

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34 comments:

  1. The desk is wonderful! You would never think it was ever that dreaded pine! Great job!

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  2. That is fabulous! Great job!

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  3. OMG!
    I bet yoru friend is sad she didn't take it with her and do this herself :)

    It looks wonderful. I love the little chair too.

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  4. That is so beautiful. I posted not to long ago about my coffee table redo and it is done the same way! If you want you can check it out on my page and I believe it is 3 or 4 posts down.

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  5. that looks really great!!

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  6. That looks great. I love the top on it.

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  7. Great job! That is super cute! Jen

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  8. Beautiful makeover! Where did you get the glass knobs?

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  9. Thanks! Kinigirl, they are from B&Q.

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  10. Wow!
    Simple and beautiful!
    The glass knobs are amazing.

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  11. This is fabulous, I just painted my desk too!

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  12. WoW !! Total transformation! It really looks awesome now.. Great Job! I recently painted a bunch of old pine furniture myself and I feel like a have a house full of new furniture.

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  13. It's beautiful!! I love it and the glass knobs are a knock out!!

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  14. Jen,
    Love what you did with the desk.
    I love the look of the white and the brown together, and also how
    you distressed it. Looks great in
    the lil alcove with your shabby chic chair. Like that look.
    I have one of my childrens tables
    finished in white with an oak stained top as my coffee table and love it. It isn't distressed tho
    but I love the look of the white and wood look. You did a great job, thanks for sharing hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  15. could you please leave a comment on my blog telling me the paint color and brand you went with? My dining room table looks like the style of this desk.. it is hunter green though with the natural wood top. I am wanting to paint my table and matching green (eeeek) hutch this color. I am so thrilled to see this table. My thoughts are coming together more. THANKS!

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  16. WOW - my first time here and that desk is fantastic! You did an amazing job!

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  17. WOW! It looks like something from Ethan Allen. Beautiful!

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  18. I love the contrast of top and bottom...great job!!

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  19. Your table looks maaaaahvelous! I am trying to decide what to do with my pine table, and I love the dark stain on top. I may go with an olive green and the dark top. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Misti

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  20. Love what you did with your desk! Thank you for the great inspiration.
    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  21. I love the design of your table. Such a great makeover!! Two thumbs up!

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  22. That turned out amazing, I just love it! Although, I'm not sure what is cuter, your desk or the photo above it. :)

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  23. You did a beautiful job on the little desk. So pretty. Love your desk chair too.

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  24. very pretty! i love the knobs.

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  25. Oh wow Jen--what an incredible makeover! I love it!

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  26. Only YOU could complete a make-over like this! Stunning... beautiful... ohhhh and ya, that photo above the desk is too-sweet-for-words...just FANTASTIC!!!!

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  27. Question: Did you sand the top before you painted it? It looks so YUMMY! Great job!

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  28. It's beautiful! I love it! Thanks for sharing pic's!

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  29. oh, it looks soooooooo good! Way to go!
    A few years ago I transformed my great grandmother's sewing machine table in a similar way, and it sits in my entry way now...and everyone loves it. (my father didn't recognize it when he saw it, thought I purchased it at pottery barn or something! lol)

    I'm sure you're enjoying it--and I LOVE the knobs!

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  30. I absolutely LOVE your makeover. I have very similiar end tables I would love to makeover this way. Can you tell me what color stain you used? And what brand, color paint you used? I assume you sanded the top down to bare wood , and didn't use a chemical stripper? And on the bottom you just primed and painted? LOVE your blog, would love your advice so I can duplicate your makeover on my won tables. Thanks!

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  31. I absolutely love what you have done, i have a lot of pine and i have been too shy to paint it but now you have given me the courage, thank you so much

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  32. Your table is beautiful! I really love it! I've been working on refinishing a coffee table that is very similar to your table and am wondering what color of varnish and how many coats you used to get such a beautiful color without a lot of the orange grain of the pine coming through. I'd be so happy if I could get my table to look like yours, thanks so much!

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