Monday, October 4, 2010

Desk Makeover-Met Monday


     My dad left yesterday to head back to Florida. I did want to show you one of his projects while he was at my house. You may remember the $15 garage sale desk that I posted a few days ago. It had good "bones" but was certainly dated. My dad had never done a Shabby project, but I think he did a great job.

     He started by removing the wooded knobs and sanding the entire desk. Next came 3 coats of white paint.


     It went a bit against his instincts to then sand off some spots in the paint, but he did it. A clear glaze was applied after the rough spots were added.


     I ordered new glass knobs from Anthropologie. My four knobs with shipping cost twice as much as the desk, but they really gave it the look I wanted. The desk is in my daughter's room, which is gradually becoming my office since she is so rarely home.


The knobs are a sea glass color (mint) 
and perfect with the coverlet for the daybed.


     I also wanted to share my new to me bookends. Dad and I went to an area furniture store for their tent sale on Friday. The birds had come unglued from the birdbaths, so I got these for $1. A drop of glue and they are perfect for the corner of my "new" desk. My real bargain (the best I've ever gotten) I will post tomorrow...stay tuned!



I am linking today with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
 for Met Monday. There are so many great projects listed each week.
I only wish I had time to read them all! Make sure you visit her!


I'm also joining Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.
I hope you will pop in and say hello to her!

29 comments:

malia said...

Hi-- I'm next to you at Met Monday. This is beautiful! I'm your newest follower + would love for you to consider sharing this project at my weekly linky party-- "a crafty soiree" every thursday at www.yesterdayontuesday.com

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your Dad di8d a great job on the desk. I really like the knobs. You got a great deal on the bookends.
There is an Anthropologie not far from me, but I have yet to have bought anything there. Everything I took a second look, was just to high - at last I felt it was.
Have a great week.

ChRiS said...

dad did great but how did he like it after it was done? i am laughing becasue i can hear my mom's voice going through my head saying when are you gonna finish that? !!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I just love the new life you breathed into your old desk. And the new knobs make it feel very vintage upscale!
Beautiful job!
Good eye to see a treasure in someone elses discards.
Yvonne

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Great makeover...and a great mosaic!!! Love the green knobs!!!

Mimi said...

What a wonderful makeover...it is very hard for a man to paint wood and sand some off, guess it must be a male thing! The sea green knobs really add that little bit of color needed on a white piece. Thanks for sharing.

dee dee said...

Sue,
You dad did such a great job on your new desk! The knobs add such a great touch. I can remember my Nona gasping in horror at the mere thought of painting a piece of funiture! I can imagine your father felt the same way about sanding what he just painted!
Dee Dee

LindyLouMac said...

That desk makeover is brilliant, it would work perfectly as a dressing table as well as the desk you are currently using it as.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Beautiful job! Looks like a professional distresser!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Really cute! Love the knobs :)

Linda said...

What a great looking make over! Your Dad did a great job!! I love a good find...and yes the knobs are always more than the find sometimes....but we need them, don't we!

SmilingSally said...

You might remember that I live in Florida. Neither my husband nor I are crafty. Please send your dad to my house, Sue!

bj said...

ahhh...this is beautiful, Sue. Your daddy did a fabulous job..and I love the knobs..

You mentioned you didn't know there were scholarships for rodeo...our son went all thru college on a rodeo scholarship. 2 years at a junior college and 2 years here at Texas Tech. His wife did the same. Son was a bull rider..she was a roper and barrel racer. :))

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow Sue!
What a great make-over! Your desk looks so shabby delicious!
Kudos to your DaD and I love the bookends, what a deal!
Cindy

Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

Your Dad did a beautiful job on the desk! I love the sea green knobs. They are perfect on it. :)

Michaela Noelle said...

Great transformation! Love the hardware! (:

Stopping by from Between Naps on the Porch

~Michaela

Drawn to The Sea said...

What a great guy, to create an instant keepsake for you! Now it's got a story, a history that belongs to your family. Yay for daddy! Perhaps he's found a new hobby :-)

JUST ME said...

So adorable! I love everything in Anthropologie...even though it's the most expensive store on the planet...

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Sue
What a great job your dad did on that desk.. can you send him over here.. I have a huge kitchen dresser that needs a workover... maybe he could do his magic it on it.!!! i laughed about against his instincts to 'shabby' it up.. I imagine my dad would have been the same.. he was a painter by trade..

Sorry for the lack of visits.. I've had no internet this past week or so... Have a lovely week.... and once again beautiful desk!!! xxx Julie

Jacqueline said...

I was headed out down south about 4 hours to my friends condo to do just this kind of project but traffic and family ended up having us turn around. Good thing, she ended up having gall bladder problems that night. I am glad you mentioned the 3 coats of paint. I probably wouldn't have done that. It looks fabulous and the knobs are worth it.

xinex said...

What a beautiful desk. Perfect transformation! Your dad is very talented. I love the glass knobs....Christine

Gypsy Heart said...

He did such a wonderful job! You would never know what it looked like in the beginning. The knobs are perfect!

xo
Pat

MosaicMagpie said...

Great Job on the desk and Yes! those knobs add just the right touch. If you ever do get rid of the desk I bet you keep those knobs!
Debbie

koralee said...

Yahoo my friend...love love love this..those knobs are adorable. Pure inspiration over here today.

Tuesday hugs to you. xoxoxo

Pondside said...

Your dad did a great job - he could take a trip around the continent and just take on projects for a whole lot of envious bloggers!

Natasha said...

Your dad is so clever! You both did an amazing job turning that tired old desk into a thing of beauty. I love it!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Torie Jayne said...

Great transformation, I love the colour of the glass knobs, Have a sweet day!

Monica H said...

Those glass knobs are so pretty but it cracks me up that you spent double the amount of the desk on them. ha ha! iit turned out great though.

Angie said...

I love the desk! Great job to your dad!