Thursday, September 19, 2013

Desks, desks and more desks...

Do you ever get on a roll with a certain kind of furniture? We have quite a few desks at Elizabeth & Co. at the moment and I have a few more waiting in the wings. So I really didn't need another desk in my life, but when this one came along, how could I refuse?
 

It had some surface scratches, but otherwise was in really great shape!


And I was pretty sure I could sand out the scratches and go with a natural wood top.


I prepped it with Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Minwax calls this the first step to a beautiful finish and it really does make a difference. I like the way it penetrates the wood and helps your stain achieve a really nice uniform finish.  


Pretty, right?


 I really love the chunky knobs with a little swirl design.


And I've shared this before, a super easy way to paint knobs. Just grab a box, punch holes in the flaps and attach the knobs.


You can use the screw on the underside to hold the knob still as you are painting. The knobs dry easily. And you don't end up with lost bits and pieces. Works like a charm!


I replaced the two missing knobs with some pretty clay typography knobs from Vintage Skye.


I love using a mix of knobs on a piece for added interest!



The body of the desk was painted with leftover white paint mixed with the homemade chalk paint recipe. And seriously, don't you just love the details on this piece!



 
And here she is all set up and ready for our tag sale next week!
 
 
And here are a few of the other desks we have ready and waiting for a new home!
 



So there you have it, a desk makeover and a few preview shots of our upcoming sale. We're almost ready. We just need to clean, fluff and bake a few cookies!
 
 

19 comments:

Susan D said...

Each one of those desks are absolutely stunning! Good luck with your sale!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

They are all beautiful. I love the mixed hardware, Sharon.

priscilla said...

Love them all !

Vintage Prairie Style said...

that desk is so pretty - love it. and yes, i too get on rolls with furniture - i'm up to my eyeballs in stools right now!
keya

Msmoozy said...

Love each and every one of them, thanks so much for sharing with us. :-)

Ali Richardson said...

Pretty! I love it. Thanks for the knob painting tip - genius!

Angela Santaniello said...

They are all gorgeous, but I am especially partial to the two toned...love that look!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

they are all fabulous! that first one is my favorite! :)

BlueClearSky Elizabeth said...

All the desks are great but the white one is suck a great shape!

Danielle said...

So pretty! I've never done the pre-stain but I'll have to try that! x

Leslie Harris said...

Sharon I love your featured desk! And I needed to hear your tips about the pre stain product and the knobs. You really know what you're doing! Isn't it funny how we stumble on furniture in waves? Good luck on your sale.
xo
Leslie

Allison@FabRehab said...

What a great piece...those knobs are awesome! And you have a huge variety of desk styles! Looks great in the shop!

NanaDiana said...

Really GREAT desks. Love the white one!!! xo Diana

Diy beautify said...

Gorgeous desk, the details are amazing and the paint just makes them pop out! I also love the black one, just stunning! Good luck on your sale, wish I was closer :)
Cindy @ Diy beautify

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

They are all lovely! I especially love the pulls on the grainsack one.

Gail Wilson said...

amazing makeover Sharon! I have never used the conditioner (minwax) I should be.
Love the desk... but that dark blue one is my favorite ever!

gail

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Thanks for the knob painting tip! Love all of the desks -- good luck with your sale!

Rhe Christine said...

those clay knobs are amazing!! I'm currently on the hunt for an old desk to either leave looking old or re-do. all the new desks never have any drawers!!!! what is that about?

Anne said...

What a beautiful desk! And you made it shine!
xx
Anne