Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Manly Desk

This project comes from Karla. It's a very unique desk and she thought it had a manly vibe.

Karla receved this desk from her sister-in-law (Thank you Anita!) as a Christmas present. Anita knows how much Karla enjoys furniture projects and thought this one would be a fun challenge. Isn't it funny when people give you their cast-off furniture because they know you will really like it? Karla described this piece as another big brown blob, but with natural wood.

That's a reference to the original horrible brown blob that Karla worked on. Whew, who can forget that one? We never quite figured out exactly what that cabinet was originally used for, but of course Karla made it so much prettier. You can check out the original post here.

The desk actually got the same creamy oops paint and a stain glaze.

Then she sanded just the drawers for a lightly distressed look.

Karla thought the original knobs just didn't work, so she replaced them with some cute black knobs.

There was a slight problem when the desk was dropped (ouch!) on it's way to our tag sale and the bottom drawer wouldn't close. But Karla's husband came to the rescue on that one.

What a great work surface and think of all the stuff you can hide in those drawers!

And Karla was right about the manly vibe. Her desk sold to a gentleman for his office! I have since seen the gentleman and his desk is a perfect fit in his home. Well done Karla! Can't wait to see the next big brown blob!

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Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Love this desk. Very unusual looking. It does make you wonder what it was originally for.


Cassie Bustamante said...

that looks wonderful! i like the masculine, kind of industrial feel.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That looks really great! I'd love it if you would link this up to our Wicked awesome wedensday party if you have time.

Stacey said...

Cool beans! What a difference paint can make!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Chrissie said...

The desk looks great! I am glad her hubby was able to fix it. I hate it when I break stuff.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love the desk. It looks great in cream!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That is a cool desk. Love the size and all those little drawers. It looks a lot lighter now without all that brown weighing it down.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Love Karla's desk! I love the dark color peeking out under the white!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the look!

Unknown said...

Hello Ladies~

What a lovely piece, I am linking it to my Furnishings page so that others may discover your wonderful work. Happy to be a new follower via Pink Postcard. :)

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Kathy S said...

What a very cool desk! LOVE IT!

Unknown said...

That is a great piece with lots of work surface and a really nice finish. I love the dark pulls.

Melanie said...

Love it!!!

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Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

Oooooh! I love it!
Found you on Tatertots and Jello.

At The Picket Fence said...

What a fabulous desk! It has so much work space and Karla gave it new life! :-) We are so glad you shared it with us this week at Inspiration Friday!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the style of the desk and she completely transformed it with paint. I love it's new look.

Audrey Pettit said...

What a great transformation! I just love what a little paint can do!
Visiting from Show & Tell Friday. TFS!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh your manly desk is so charming~ love how it came out all painted and shabby- well done! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

That's a very unusual desk! Love how it turned out.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

How perfectly this "manly" desk fit in its new home. I bet it makes you feel terrific when you get to see how a piece works in its new environment. ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage