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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The EXTRAORDINARY Desk!

Weeks ago my street had its annual neighborhood yard sale...
I LOVE the ladies across the street from me.
They are a group of four DIVALICIOUS best friends
that get together every year and gather  their treasures for the yard sale at the house of one of them... which happens to be my SWEET neighbor.


That day I purchased  a bunch of vintage jewelry from them,
the little end table that is now in my room and the two small silver doves.
 BUT my heart STOPPED when I saw this little guy.
...It was instant love ;)
...What is up with me and the $10 desks?



It took me some time to decide what I wanted to do with it...
I have to tell you that this poor desk was dirty...

As beat up as it looked one of the things that I adored about it
was the three color dimension going on there.
The original wood... the sage green color and the final ivory....

{The History Behind the Desk}
The sweet lady that owned it told me that she had bought it from a yard sale over 30 years ago
when her son was just  a kid...
How cool is that?!
 The desk was green when she bought it and that she was the one that painted it in ivory...
Then she added that the desk had been in her shed
since her son moved out over a decade ago...
So to leave some of the desk journey in it
I decided to sand all of the chipping paint and leave any old solid paint on it..

This is how it looked after sanding...

At this point I new what color I wanted it to be...
So  I carefully painted in red the wood areas
 leaving as much as the white and the green unpainted as I could...


The last step was to sand again the over-lapping paint
letting the green and the white original  paint reappear...



In some other  areas I actually  scraped the pain off with a knife...


...So, here it is my precious desk.



I normally end saying from ordinary... to EXTRAORDINARY!
...Well, today I don't think I can say such thing.
This desk was an EXTRAORDINARY one from the very beginning,
 it just needed some tender love ;)


Clich HERE to see where the desk is in my home...
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At July 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM , Blogger bec @ smallbirdie.com said...

oh gorgeous!! Love it! i just went to a yard sale on the weekend and picked this up...

http://www.smallbirdie.com/2011/07/secondhand-finds_10.html

love giving old things new life!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 1:11 AM , Blogger Anita said...

Oh wow! I love it! Have actually been looking for something like that myself...so yeah a little jealous too. :) You did a great job on the new paint.

 
At July 11, 2011 at 4:15 AM , Blogger Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

What an adorable little desk! And I love, love, love what you did to it! Stopping by fromCraft-o-maniac. And I lover your header, my blog is aqua and yellow too-my favorite colors :-)

 
At July 11, 2011 at 5:57 AM , Blogger Paula Parrish said...

Oh, I love neighborhood garage sales. Your new desk is just to cute. Smiles, Paula

 
At July 11, 2011 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Jen-CraftOManiac said...

LOVE IT, I love the history and that you let the true colors from its history shine through. I love red and just painted some chunky frames last night cherry red. XO- loves, can't wait to meet you and have dinner. EEK! jen

 
At July 11, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Blogger Deneen said...

Wow I love this! Love the colors peeking through! You did an amazing job!
dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

 
At July 11, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Courtney said...

adorable, i sure do love how talented you are! I totally wish we were next door neighbors!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Jill said...

LOVE your 'new' red desk! You did a fantastic job on it!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

 
At July 11, 2011 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Shelia said...

What a sweet desk with a sweet story and you brought back the sweet life to her! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

 
At July 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM , Blogger Christine @ craftygeordi.blogspot.com said...

What a great desk! I love the boldness of the red against the original colors.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 1:13 AM , Blogger Diana Grace said...

Great find! At yard sales like that I find it hard not to look too excited and so bump the price up! Down here in Australia we call them 'garage sales'. Different name. Same great finds.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 4:48 AM , Blogger Patti said...

Cute desk...like you unique take on refinishing it, too!
Stop over to enter Vintage Linen Giveaway

 
At July 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM , Blogger Anna said...

LOVE IT! I LOVE the red! Can't wait to see where you put it in the house. :)

Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Warrior Link Party.

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

 
At July 13, 2011 at 4:38 AM , Blogger Sabina@Slip Stitches & More said...

What a great find and project. I enjoyed the story behind it too. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see where you're putting it.
I'm a new follower from Wow Me Wednesday. Hope you will stop by:

http://slipstitchesandmore.blogspot.com

 
At July 13, 2011 at 5:55 AM , Blogger Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Wow! The patience you had to makeover that desk is amazing!

 
At July 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Abby said...

So cute! I love that you used red! its perfect!

 
At July 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Adorable! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

 
At July 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

So fun! I love the paint job!
Jo-Anna

 
At July 13, 2011 at 8:47 PM , Blogger theteo5 said...

Love it! I've started asking the story behind the pieces I buy at garage sales now. There are so many great ones out there and it makes me fall even more in love with the items. You can't go wrong with red. I adore this makeover!

Rachel
http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

 
At July 14, 2011 at 8:53 AM , Blogger theteo5 said...

I put a link to this on my blog today.

Thanks, rachel
http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2011/07/best-of-whats-around.html

 
At July 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Christina said...

oh this is so fun and original!

Thanks so much for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

 
At July 15, 2011 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Rachael said...

very cool and fun!

 
At July 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

Wow - it looks incredible. I love the way you finished it, leaving the old paint intact. It's a great find!

 
At July 16, 2011 at 6:24 AM , Blogger Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

Great desk! I am lovin' the silver doves too! :) Nice finds!

 
At July 16, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

What a wonderful desk with such history!

 
At July 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Jenni said...

i love the color and the story behind it!

 
At July 16, 2011 at 11:29 PM , Blogger lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the red and the chippy paint. beautiful

 
At July 20, 2011 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Wallie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! :) You definately have given me some great ideas in that little brain of mine!! :D

 
At July 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger WhisperWood Cottage said...

Great color!

 
At July 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM , Blogger {nifty thrifty things} said...

Great find and even greater makeover!! Love it!
Thank you for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Besos,
Vanessa

 

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