Mar 6, 2012

A Writing Desk? A Kitchen Cart? A Vanity? An Entryway Table?

Hmmm... as the title hints at, those are the many things that I thought this piece could be.
I bought it at a little second hand store, run by a man who was quite a storyteller... When I bought it, it was the first time I had been in. That man had so many lamps and lamp parts, it was almost ridiculous! We bartered on the price a little bit, and I walked away with this "beauty."


I guess calling it a beauty is stretching it a bit.... It was in rather sad shape. (I had already started working on it in the picture above). I sanded down the top to refinish it. I didn't sand it perfectly, though. There were way too many scrapes and gouges to ever hope of being able to get it perfect. So...I decided to work with it and let them show up... after all, it's an older piece... it should look old!


I used Golden Oak this time instead of the dark walnut shade that I normally use. I just thought it suited this piece.

And... the picture you've all been waiting for..


I'm kind of letting the cat out of the bag here, but I'm terribly tempted to keep this one and use it as a kitchen cart, since the top matches our new Ikea wooden countertops... I haven't decided yet, though.
I would add a towel rack to the side and some wooden casters that I've been hoarding saving for the perfect piece. I will have to do some rearranging of furniture, though, and I'm not sure it will work.

I purchased the new knobs on clearance at Home Hardware for only a dollar each.




I lined the drawer with old dictionary pages. I love how it's divided!



I've gotten so much use out of this $1.00 yard sale frame. (You can see here what I did with it at Christmas.)


Right now it's holding a picture of my dad as a little boy and the car is his 1937 Nash Lafayette. 

And... you may or may not have noticed, but I have passed 200 followers and will be celebrating within a week, or so, with a giveaway!

Redoux

36 comments:

  1. Hi there! First of all, I LOVE this piece! You did such a great job with it. And two, thanks for commenting and following me! It's a little scary starting a new blog and you made my day by following.

    Jill

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  2. This is super Adorable...and yes It can be used ANYWHERE! Great job!

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  3. I love it, I like your idea for using it in the kitchen, If you gave it to me I would use it as a bedside table/writing desk I really like it, that is so my style :) Great Job!

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  4. I love your writing table! Such a pretty combination - the light wood top with the white. And the dictionary pages are so fun!!

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  5. just beautiful! i love the rustic top, the pages inside, and the knobs!

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  6. This is absolutely lovely! I like how subtle it is!

    Btw, I'm a new follower!

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  7. Looks great!!! Amazing what a little paint can do!!! Blessings Lori

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  8. Your desk turned out adorable,
    and I love your frame with the chicken wire.

    Sherrie

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  9. How adorable! The stain you used is perfect - great choice! I would love for you to stop by and link it up to my Creative Inspirations Linky Party happening NOW! I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  10. Very pretty! I love it as a desk; I would have used it in my foyer - I have a tiny foyer, and had been on the look out for a diminutive table for the front entry. I like the idea of using it in the kitchen, too.

    I just discovered your blog through the 36th Avenue.

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  11. well I am your newest follower!
    What a find with the desk!! Your transformed it so beautifully..I bet you love it!!
    Pls follow back if you can.
    and happy thursday!

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  12. Love this. Am also loving your wall color. I want to do a similar color. Do you feel like it is really bright? The one I am thinking of is called Ocean Falls...so beautiful but am worried it may be too bright for a whole room? I am your newest follower. You have a lovely blog!

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  13. Congrats on your beautiful desk & your followers! you just gained a new one here!!

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  14. That is adorable little desk!! I love the dictionary liner...very clever!

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  15. What a transformation.Looks great and so many possibilities.I am a new follower from Miss Mustard seed Furniture Friday.

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  16. Great upgrade for this desk! I'm working on a couple of similar project right now and am definitely inspired.

    www.kidsenRoute.com

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  17. Your little desk is so sweet. I love how it turned out with the great divided drawer. I like how you have it styled with accessories. So cute!
    I'm your newest follower and would be delighted if you'd stop by and follow back on GFC.
    Mary Alice

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  18. I love your little desk, I'm looking for one similar. The desk I have it too big for my space :( I love it too so that sucks but I'm sure I'll find something smaller soon that I will love just as much!

    Tania

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  19. Wow, this is just adorable. First time I've seen your blog. I found it through Miss Mustard Seed. Have just recently started blogging as I have begun restoring old bits of furniture and can't STOP!! Thanks for posting this, its just beautiful. I am at: www.irestorestuff.blogspot.com.au/ Please feel free to stop by. Sharon.

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  20. This is AWESOME! I'd LOVE to have you link up your project at my party! XO, Aimee

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  21. Great piece and you did an excellent job restoring it. I love the idea of a kitchen cart! That's my vote! I like the natural wood top too. Nice :)
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  22. beautiful! I love the paper inside.

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  23. Adorable! Love the natural wood top! You did a great job! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  24. You did a beautiful job. I found you on 1929 Charmer "Sunday's Best Par.tay" and I'm now a follower. I would love if you could follow me back.

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  25. Wow, isn't it wonderful when you can't decide what to do with a piece since it has sooooo many possibilities. SO pretty, and I love that you put old dictionary pages inside, really nice look. I also love natural tops, its how I do all my furniture. Congratulations on having 200 followers - I'm one of them! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best.

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  26. I love this desk!! The divided drawer is so unique and love that you lined it with dictionary pages -- great finish on this as well.

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  27. It's adorable! Love the before and afters and that frame with the chicken wire is to die for!
    Roselle

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  28. Hi, Cynthia! This is darling! I would definitely use it as a writing desk... it's just the right size. Wish you lived close, I'd buy it from you!!!

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  29. Great pictures and beautiful blog. Have a nice day
    Jana

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  30. Your redo loves great! I have a piece very similiar to it that belonged to my great-grandmother. We refinished it in a solid dark stain and put the pretty glass knobs on it. So it's a very different look from yours. I love seeing all the different things that can be done with one piece.

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  31. Thank you so much for linking up. This is the cutest! Love the drawer linings. I have been doing this myself. Featuring at my link party which starts tomorrow afternoon. Thanks!

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  32. Your writing desk is perfect! I struggle with distressing. but when I see someone else do it so wonderfully, I love it!
    gail

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  33. That is just too cute! Love it.

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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