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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Desks are my new fav too

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Desks are my new fav too

I like desks. I especially like this desk. I named her Tenley. In honor of the beautiful mother of four that bought her.

I found this at GW last week and painted it, listed it and had it sold within a few hours!  It constantly amazes me what people get rid of. Seriously. Look at that desk! Those pulls. Those legs....Yummy.

Okay. It took me 2.2 seconds to decide what to do with her. 2.2. That's fast.

Porpoise Gray. I heart Porpoise Gray.

Ebony stain. I heart ebony stain.

I brushed on the paint. Here's a little hint. To avoid brush strokes do the best you can to do super thin layers. I almost dry brush it on. That way the brush strokes are less noticeable.

This time I sprayed a coat of clear lacquer over the top of the desk. Yes lacquer....not to be confused with liqueur...lacquer makes things look hard, like they are professional...yep. Liqueur makes things look blurry and confusing...and then it gives you a headache in the morning....just sayin'. SO, I just make myself LOOK like a professional....I love it. It looks great.

I love those handles. Each one is different. You can't see it. Don't try and squint. Maybe click on it to make it bigger and you'll be able to tell....

It's dreamy. Each piece is getting harder to get rid of. I'm liking them more and more. Might be time for a little shop...or a little stand at a flea market....or on the side of the road...

And. I'm going to start naming the pieces of furniture I do. I'm losing track. And since I'm fairly certain we are done having children (boo-hoo...) I am going to name them after girls. No boys allowed. (As far as names go. The two men that read this....keep on reading!) One name that keeps popping into my head is Clarabell. Why? No idea. Wait...yes I do. We read a book about a cow with a cold...her name is Clarabell. The book is called...Clarabell Wraps Up. I got it for $4.99 in the bargain section at B&N....odd little book. But I love her name, and as soon as I do a table (cause her name definitely belongs to a table) I will use that name, until then....

This is Tenley....

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Blogger Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Perfection! Love it!


June 22, 2010 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Ahhhh I looooooove this! I never would have thought to use gray but it looks fabulous! Did you use ORB on the pulls?

June 22, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

oh wow, fabulous! Love the dark top. I suppose you picked her up for what, 3.99? Sorry, my green eyed monster is oozing out a bit. Have I mentioned how I am so irked by our overpriced GW? ;) If I ever do find a good deal there you will hear me scream with delight all the way at your house!

Oh and the name fits. Very studious sounding. Tenley.

June 22, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

I have a similar desk, although it was not in great shape like this when I got it. Mine only has 2 drawers on each side. I painted mine white and left the wood stained top.

You did a fabulous job re-doing this desk! Love the gray color and the hardware

June 22, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Gorgeous-so inspiring!

June 22, 2010 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger kanwischers said...

Oh, you're so sweet! Thanks for your kind comment. By the way, we are around this weekend - had my calendar all messed up and thought it was the 4th weekend. Oh well.

June 22, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

VERY lovely! It's seems I've been pretty drawn to desks lately as well.

June 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I love the color! I did a piece for my daughter before we moved into an apartment. I loved seeing it transform. But sadly I really don't have room to do that now. :( I'm onto little crafts.

June 22, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Carolyn @ life, love and puppy prints said...

I gave you an award! Come on over and check it out! :)

June 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Annie Wilcox Designs said...

I am throwing out the name Cecilia for your next project. My only girl out of four has this name, she will break many of hearts.

June 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Carolyn @ life, love and puppy prints said...

That desk is gorgeous! :)

June 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Tenley is a gorgeous piece. The gray with the ebony - stunning. Love the name, too.


June 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks beautiful- i love the classic gray with the contrating wood top. very sleek and nice!

June 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Well Tenley is quite beautiful. I can't believe you sold it so quickly.

June 23, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Tenley really cleans up well! ;-) It looks so much better...gotta love white paint. I like the stained top, too.


June 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Very nice!

June 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

awesome. love white furniture!

June 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Gorgeous, Classic design!

June 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Jessica @ My Quarter Life Crisis said...

GORGEOUS. I am a sucker for those drawer pulls :)

great work!

June 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Miss Mustard Seed said...

Oh, Kirsty, it's lovely. I did a desk that is almost identical. I painted my creamy with a dark walnut top.

June 24, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

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