Monday, September 12, 2011

Be still my heart...

It's FINISHED! And I love love LOVE this!

Here's the only "before" pic of this lovely diminutive desk...beautiful wee piece, needing just a little updated love...

I stripped it completely, sanded the top, applied Minwax Dark Walnut stain and five coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I can't get a "good enough" photo of the top, but the grain of this walnut is so VERY beautiful! She has wooden wheels!

Some cracks and scratches, but just look at that tongue and groove...


...little bit of wood filler, little bit of sanding...Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ("Old White") for the majority of the desk, with Behr Black Suede for the stencilled drawer and the accents. I used one of Ms Martha's new stencils (available at Michael's Arts and Crafts) on the front of the center drawer. First, I painted the drawer front black, then stencilled with three coats of ASCP Old White...hard to cover that black...but SO worth the effort!



Then I switched out the hardware with old pieces, freshly painted with Tremclad Hammered Black.

Here's a close up of the drawer, and a peek at the stool cushion...


I neglected to take a "before" pic of the stool, but here's the "after," recovered and painted a high gloss black. I wanted a nice contrast of fabric and colour for these pieces.

Now here's a before and after of a lamp I did to match this pretty wee desk...painted the lamp itself with Rustoleum Heirloom White...


...then coated each area of the shade with Mod Podge Matte, and carefully pressed on each section of fabric (cut with a cardboard pattern I made from one segment of the shade) with wet fingers (so I wouldn't stick to the Mod Podge). I used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to secure the fringe to the inside of the shade, then the same glue to secure the black trim at top and bottom.

Now here she is, sittin' pretty in front of my livingroom window. I painted the insides of the drawers lime green (lol)...to match one of my livingroom walls and my curtains...I sit here now, with my trusty little computer, looking out over my gardens...and life is...OH so VERY good!!

One last little look...before and after...


Partying with these fine bloggers this week. Would love to stop by your space in the blogosphere too. Wishing you a week filled with the pleasures of creating things you love and being with people you love...THANKS so much for stopping by!

OH! And DO visit Ms Vicky right here...she's doing a little giveaway for reaching 150 followers! WTG Vicky!


THANK YOU to the newly minted "Doctor Jaime" for this:

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56 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! I love the look of the stencil on the center drawer. Perfect. And iris are one of my very favorite flowers!!

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  2. Ohhhhhh pretty! I love the colors and the design on the middle, gorgeous! Great styling with the lamp too!

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  3. Beautiful. The stenciling looks so good I at first thought that it was glaze worked into the drawer detail. Good job!

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  4. Wow. I love all of it! Can you tell me how you applied the fabric to the lampshade? I've tried to do it and it always ends up all wrinkled and crooked!

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  5. Such beautiful transformations! I love the stencil on the drawer, great design!

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  6. Soo cute. Wow...I am so happy you stopped by my blog, because now I discovered yours. Love it! Your newest follower!

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  7. Oh, I love this! I've been seeing a lot of stenciling on furniture and I used to think you could only stencil on walls. I can't wait to try something similar.

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  8. Came to visit from BreakfastForDinner(http://loraine-breakfastfordinner.blogspot.com/).
    You created some beautiful pieces and you have some very handsome little men. I am your newest follower.

    Loraine

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  9. WOW! You did a fabulous job on all of those! I admire they way you can refinish stuff. Thanks for stopping by my blog:) I appreciate your comments!!

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  10. Love the transformation. My favorite look is white body with a dark top!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I loved this so much I pinned it!! :)
    Denise

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  12. Love it. The transformation is amazing and that stool is to die for!

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  13. B-U-T-ful!!!!

    I love it!

    tpk

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  14. I pulled a desk very similar to this out of a neighbor's trash. I could not believe he was throwing it away! I refinished it in a dark mahogany color and it's now my daughter's desk.

    Love how you refinished yours. And that stool - it's gorgeous!

    Visiting from Coastal Charm. Following you now. :)

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  15. Lovely finish. Your time and effort show and were well worth it. What a beauty. Thanks for coming by Market Monday!

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  16. I love it! The stencil on it is gorgeous!

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  17. The stencil really makes this piece special. I never would have thought to leave the top a natural wood but it looks stunning!

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  18. What a beautiful piece! Then you add the paint and it is a knock out!

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  19. I am a new follower would you please follow me back thanks so much :)

    Tara

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  20. My heart is pounding too. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and introducing me to your wonderful blog.

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  21. It's gorgeous, love it!!! Totally loving that color!!

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  22. The desk, bench, and lamp are all fabulous! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a follower of yours now!

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  23. Returning the blog love from www.spruceyournest.blogspot.com. I am your newest follower...you have some beautiful projects!

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  24. Everything turned out great! Love the desk! I would love it if you would link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-4.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

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  25. STUNNING! I love the hardware and stencil on this.

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  26. great job on the desk! I love it's new look!
    gail

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  27. OMGosh girl...you have some serious restyle talent going on!!!!

    I am drooling over your fabulous desk...well done!

    Happy to have found you.

    Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  28. I love it great job love the black & white you chose & the tips on redoing the lampshade as I have a couple I need to redo. Lovely.

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  29. oh my goodness, that desk is fantastic! love the stencil and the contrasting colors!!

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  30. I just love it, and the other pieces are lookers also.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  31. Lovely desk! Love the stencil. I want to try that someday on a piece for me!
    Deb

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  32. WOW. hat vanity is divine. i absolutely LOVE it!

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  33. Very nice--love the dark stool with the white table. Great makeover--Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  34. The next time the stenciling bandwagon comes by I'm jumping on :) Your restyle looks vavafabulous!

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  35. This is so elegant! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  36. Beautiful! I love it.
    I just did some stenciling too--totally worth it :)
    http://craftingintherain.blogspot.com/2011/09/dressed-up-dresser.html

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  37. I love this! Absolutely beautiful!

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  38. Wow, it turned out beautiful! The stenciling is wonderful and I love the contrast. Cute stool too. Thank you for sharing this at the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  40. Sorry, didn't mean to trash my comment above. Thanks for commenting on my orange desk and inviting me to visit your site. Love the desk, great style

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  41. Beautiful!!! I featured this today: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/time-to-shine-features-no-35.html

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  42. Oh my gosh! The stencil is incredible! WOW!

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  43. Fantastic!! Wooden wheels?! How awesome is that?! You really did a beautiful job!!
    Thanks again for partying with us at Show & Share!!

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  44. It is so beautiful! The stencil just make is more beautiful. Love everything you did. Great job!

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  45. Such beautiful transformations! The stencil on the drawer, great design. I wonder to watch how easy to do that work. Such a The stencil is incredible.

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  46. Wonderful! Girl, you did a fabulous redo on this desk! Just beautiful! Thank you for joining TTF (sorry so late in visiting). Have a great day1

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  47. GOODNESS, Deb, she's LOVEEEELY! Wow! And I love the M.S. stencil detail....dang girl!

    From your newest follower (Illinois, USA),
    Suzanne

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  48. love the desk and, esp the stencil. is that martha stewart'? i have one sitting on a drawer but i can't seem to pull the trigger. you've inspired me!

    thanks for your visit and comment at my blog! glad i came by!

    amy

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  49. you are amazing my friend, simply amazing. I adore everything you do and i adore the person behind the blog too----extra bonus! :o) I am so excited that you discovered your passion and talent---because my friend you are just amazing at it!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  50. Fantastic! What a great transformation. Thank you so much for linking up.

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  51. So very pretty! Wooden wheels puts it as WWII-era....

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