Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Thrift Store find

I found this lovely desk at the thrift store.  I figured she had potential .

She was a heavy one being solid oak and all. There were some nasty rubber bumpers on the edges where the chair would slide in, I had to take those off for sure.  But take a closer look at those drawers ....hmmmm

Do you see what I see?  Those round centers?  I bet those curved wood handles could be taken off and just leave the round centers....AND

Take a gander at the carving above the center drawer....Oh yeah this one will be purdy ;)

Do you see what I was saying about the center with out the curved handle?  Oh yes getting better.

Had to fill in those holes from the handles.  I have found that filling them with wood putty THEN the pink turns to white wall Spackle works really well cause the Spackle doesn't shrink like the wood putty does makes for a nicer finish and quicker too.

She got a coat of a green/gray that I had from my dining room.  I was not real happy with that so I dry brushed my Crisp linen over the whole thing.  Which for some reason turned the green/gray to a blue.  I liked it lots better.  I scratched it up a bit and put a glaze over it. 

I found some Crystal knobs from Hobby Lobby to add to the drawers.  I thought they looked like flowers.  The knobs had to be rather large cause the round centers were a bit concave so anything smallish you could not get your fingers around...

 Just look at the center carving now!

Notice how she is standing on her tiptoes.... rather a cute detail I thought.

Once again BEFORE


  She has taken up residence at Treasures Upscale Consignment Store where I volunteer.  Hope someone buys her and has a beautiful spot just perfect for all her glory.

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  1. I love it, love it. You did a great job, and I love that you removed the handles that hid those gorgeous medalions.

  2. beautiful color, and i love the carvings, too! it is gorgeous!

  3. so much better! really great looking color.

  4. really, really pretty re do, and good call on the knobs!

  5. That's amazing! What a transformation! I love the color choices and the knobs are prefect for the desk. And--I love your saying, "on its toes!" So true and too cute!

  6. What a great find, love the carvings and the knobs you added. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great find, love the carvings and the knobs you added. Thanks for sharing!

  8. CANNOT believe the transformation! I love the knob details. Do you know how many people passed that up for "ugly"....you saw the beauty! I have to get braver and venture out in color! Great job! Love, Me

  9. Good for you for seeing the potential in that one! You completely gave it a new life and brought out all of it's best qualities. It is just gorgeous and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  10. A very pretty and fun redo!

  11. Thanks for sharing I love so many things about it the color, knobs, carving I hope she finds a good home.

  12. Okay that is adorable, great job! So cute! I found ya from At the Picket Fence. Have a happy Friday!

  13. I really don't think I would have thought to remove those handles. YOu did SO well to think of that because it's completely transformed it! Well done!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my 'Paint, Please' link party.


  14. You hve transformed and ugly duckling into a beautiful piece. Someone will be happy to snatch this up and the children will benefit, too. WOW.

    I am popping over from Sarah's great paint party. (Link #34)


  15. That is a beautiful result. The original drawer handles were pretty weird! Love what you've done.

    (Visiting from MCS)


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