Monday, April 29, 2013

Vintage Writing Desk

It constantly amazes me what people throw or give away. This desk was a pick up from Mum and I couldn't believe my eyes when she bought it over. SO gorgeous. And here she is just before she headed off to her new home...

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Like almost everything that comes my way it had some flaws, so the stained table top I was planning just wasn't going to work out. I did want to keep some of the original wood though, so I went with original drawers instead. I think she came out looking beautiful!

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I tossed up changing over the drawer pulls, and even ordered new ones, but in the end I stuck with the original. There was just something about them that I decided suited the piece perfectly. I also used a stencil to paint a small pattern behind each knob, just another little something to make it lovely :)

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The lady that bought her is going to use the desk in her studio. I liked the sound of it; she was building a new style for the home and business and it sounded lovely. It was nice to hear how this piece would fit in in her home.

Yesterday was market day so today I'm exhausted! I had a great day, feeling very lucky to have met some lovely people, sent a few pieces off to new homes, and spent the day with my sister. So today I'm not planning any work, just lolling round and catching up on my favourite blogs. And eating a bit of cake ;)

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  1. she's beautiful....I want to loll around too today...bugga!... off to work...
    have a great day!
    Bec x

  2. i love when you are happy with where your pieces are going to live! :) it's adorable - love the drawer details!

  3. That desk is lovely Catherine, I am pleased your sales are going are exhausting though aren't they!

    xx Karen

  4. What a sweet little desk, love the stencil behind the knobs.

  5. Love the stencil, what a fab idea!! Enjoy your cake!! Your BIRTHDAY cake!!

  6. I'm usually familiar with design elements to name influences in a piece's design, but that one is something I've never seen before! Maybe sorta The Fifties meet Japonaiserie?? No matter, your results are terrific! (No before pic? I know, I always forget too!)

  7. How cute is this? You did a great job!

  8. hi Catherine - i am so behind on things at the moment but just caught up with your blog and I just love what you have done with this. such a sweet makeover. i love that you have left the drawers wooden.
    glad your sales at the markets are going well. I always think when I see people setting up at our local markets that it must be exhausting - but worthwhile if you are selling lots and getting your name out there.
    cheers Fiona


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