Not long ago I decided to fix a major problem with a desk that has great sentimental value to me. My grandmother had this elegant, feminine desk in her house when I was young, and when she passed away, I got the desk in my bedroom. I took very good care of it for many years, and when I was grown, I left it in our spare bedroom. My nephew moved in with us one year to go to college, and he left a wet towel on the floor that damaged the bottom of the desk.
Now, I love Justin, so this post isn’t at all about him but is about fixing something that was basically beyond repair. Nothing I did would remove the water damage and some of the other damage done from moving and rearranging, so I decided to paint it.
If you know who Miss Mustard Seed is (and if not, follow my blog roll on the right because she is magical), then you’ll recognize the style. Now, I can’t blame my poor skills on her because she has some wonderful tutorials and never makes the kind of mistakes I made on this piece, but still, it was my first attempt to salvage furniture, so I’m okay with the mistakes. I’ve made fewer since then. Here is the desk along the way. The pictures are from my i-phone, so I am def going to have to take new pictures, but for now, this at least gives an idea of what I’ve been up to.
What is really fun about this picture is that you get a sense of the mess my living room was in when I was in between craft rooms. It’s a huge room at the front of the house, and it seemed like a good idea to use it for my craft room since I had outgrown the bedroom. Of course, it wasn’t long before the room became totally dysfunctional, and after my son moved to Austin (boo), my husband built me an incredible craft room (yay). The important thing is that this desk now has a home in the guest room and gets the loving care it deserves. I still think of Grandma every time I see the desk.
What a great job! I love it!
Oh, thank you so much, Denise! It’s really not a very good job, but I’m getting a little better at it. Painting is way harder than I thought it would be!
This is such a beautiful desk! you did an amazing job!
I would love for you to come link up to my Furniture and Paint Party going on NOW!!!
Hope to see you there
Visiting from MMS. What a beautiful desk! You did a great job refinishing it. I think your three tone finish unique.and I just love it.
Thanks, Joanne! Thank you for visiting!
Miss Mustard Seed rocks! Cute desk. Thanks gma!
Thanks, upshabby! I love Miss Mustard Seed. She is such an inspiration to those of us who are scared to try anything!
She’s an amazing woman too. 🙂