A Child’s Desk and a Horse of Course!

I seriously cannot believe I have FINALLY gotten around to working on some furniture pieces! I must admit thought that I do have a little motivation… We are having a community wide yard sale in a couple of weekends and I want to get some UYOM pieces out there as well as the hoard of decorative items I have not been able to use in this house. I’m not looking forward to setting it all up, but I am hoping to get my storage room cleaned out!

So here is my first projects, I started with this sweet little desk I purchased about 13 years ago for my middle daughter. She first used it as a desk (or if I’m being honest with you a place to stash her crap) and once she started wearing makeup etc. we set it up to use as a vanity and of course more crap storage… UGH!

Before I took this picture I had already removed the wallpaper and sanded it down. Yes, I wallpapered the top of the desk, but I had glass over the paper… it was very pretty trust me!


Before childs desk

As you can see it was just a cute desk, the knobs I added myself from where I don’t remember, but they’re blue glass and very pretty.

So here it is in it’s new color! I painted it in Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used 2 coats (3 on the top) then I waxed it with ASCP Clear wax and buffed the wax. It doesn’t look super special in this shot but wait until you see the cool top!

ASCP Provence blue painted vintage wood childs desk

Checkout the cool horse silhouette I added to the glass! And no that is not a brick pattern on the glass just a reflection… isn’t it pretty?!

ASCP Provence blue painted vintage wood childs desk

Here it is reflecting the beautiful blue sky today.

So basically I found a horse silhouette I liked on line, I printed it out, cut it out and then traced the cutout onto contact paper.

horse silhouette back painted glass with looking glass spray

I cutout the horse from the contact paper and I adhered it to the back of the glass and then sprayed the glass with 3 light coats of Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint, man do I love this stuff!

horse silhouette back painted glass with looking glass spray

I carefully and slowly removed the contact paper a viola! a blue horse! If I had wanted the horse to be another color I could have sprayed the glass again at this point with a secondary color, but I wanted the blue top to show through.

horse silhouette back painted glass with looking glass spray

Back painting glass is a super simple project that I have done numerous times, but I can’t seem to get enough of it! This process has so many great possibilities, checkout my glass plates, Halloween hurricane lamps or church window projects for more inspiration!

I’m hoping some lucky horse lover will snatch up this desk at the yard sale! Living in Louisville, KY we have LOTS of horses lovers which is why I decided that the horse silhouette would be perfect! So what do you think? Do you like this project?

Thanks as always for stopping by…

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A Quick Recap… the Lost Files

Ugh.. well it’s muggy and hot here in Virginia, which is so much fun when you are trying to paint outside! On a personal note my youngest daughter just graduated from 5th grade! As I was sitting in the audience I heard a lady tell her hubby how glad she was brought her tissues… I thought “what a sap”… I had no idea that I would get so emotional and have to work hard to hold back those tears! Seriously you just never know what is going to get to you I guess! Last day of school for her is today… YAY!

Well I think I might have mentioned that I had finished some pieces before Lucketts but I hadn’t had time to write a post on them yet… well here they are! I only had maybe one photo of each piece because I was rushing around like a mad woman and forgetting things too!

I had this set of French armchairs, I had already recovered 2 of them (you can check them out here)


I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVED these chairs! Very feminine and hip, the color looks fuchsia because it is a crappy cell phone pick, it was really more hot pink!!

Refinished uphosltered French chairs script upholstery

And the FABULOUS coordinating back! I hope the young lady who bought these didn’t upset her fiancé too much Winking smile


This was an awesome buffet with a quartz top… super heavy… SO didn’t want to have to bring this home!

We painted it up in Dustin Gulf Green CeCe Caldwell paint. No picture of the inside but I painted the drawer fronts Old White and added label holders to them… they were very cute! The lady who bought this was jumping up and down with her mom when they spotted it, I’m guessing it was perfect for her?!

Painted vintage buffet in Destin Gulf green

This used to be our buffet, I loved it for about 12 years and then I wanted needed something “new”…


This is the best picture I could find! I painted it in Pittsburg Gray CeCe Caldwell paint… yummy! The couple who bought it were so happy it would fit in their car so they could take it home! I’m glad it will find a new home to be loved in!

Painted vintage buffet in Pittsburg gray

These are nice right? Well… cane was in excellent condition, they had nice lines and it was a pair…

I spray primed them white then sprayed them Rustoleum Heirloom White. Made new covers for the seats… BAM! instant update!

Painted cane barrel back chairs

Great vintage washstand, crappy old shelf liner…


One coat of Old White, heavy distressing, top coated it with Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut and got this result… I will definitely try that process again! The lady who bought this had the CUTEST baby… I hope she will love this for many years to come!

Painted vintage washstand bar

Cute little bookcase, quick update with French Linen and Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I just loved the details on this piece… I really wanted to keep it!

Painted bookcase in ASCP Old White and French Linen

New construction table, painted with some Oops paint in grey, used Valspar black for the stencil. This was going to be used as a desk for some lucky kid! I think he must have a lot of homework Surprised smile

Painted grey table with stencil

Last but not least the birdcage chandelier… basically I bought a birdcage and chandelier at auction (separately), sprayed the brass chandelier black, the birdcage silver, drilled holes in the chandelier and added some bling… done! A cute couple bought it for their foyer, how fun is that!

Custom made birdcage chandelier

Hope you enjoyed my random pieces!

Until next time!

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Vintage Writing Desk

This sad little desk sat in my garage for some time until a new client wanted it for her bedroom, YAY!… The desk itself is sold maple and very well made but it had a ton of scratches and had to be sanded down really well…



Here is the much updated version… I had to sand down about 60% of the desk because of all of the surface scratches but by using my orbital sander it didn’t take too long.


Grey painted desk

I painted it with Benjamin Moore Advance paint. This is a custom grey I had them mix for me that I had used for my daughter’s closet makeover.


The client wanted a clean crisp finish so no distressing…


This paint is self leveling so you have little to no brush strokes.


I love all of the little drawers… I think this would make a great makeup table!


The handles I spray painted with Rustoleum Chrome spray… LOVE how they turned out!


This is a great sized desk for just about any room and I know my client just loved how it turned out! Hope you like it too…

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

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Pink Writing Desk Love

I just adore a great petite desk… and this one is no exception! It’s not very deep, has just enough details, is on wheels and has an area to stow away your “crap”… perfect!



I sanded down some of the deeper surface scratches and cleaned the desk really good with Formula 409.

I love this shade of pink… it’s kind of Raspberry Smoothie pink I think! The color is a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Emperor’s Silk and Pure White (3:1)


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On the inside I added some printed contact paper on the bottom and some chalkboard vinyl. I cut the vinyl out with my Silouhette machine… I think it’s a nice place to leave yourself notes!

Pink painted desk

You won’t be able to put much in this space, but it’s plenty of room for small electronics, or it could also be used as a makeup table…

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The legs have just enough shape to them to be interesting and I just love the brass and rubber wheels… it rolls SUPER smoothly!

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A little bit of distressing and clear wax finish this desk off beautifully…

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I think it would work great in place of a bedside table, which is how I photographed it.


I also updated Sierra’s old lamp shade. It it made of parchment paper and was a old yellow color… I painted it with Pure White chalk paint, cut out an “S” in vinyl and stenciled it with some grey chalk paint I had leftover. I also added this cute flower I made with scrapbook embellishments and a gemstone brad that I just pushed through the shade… SUPER EASY and fast!

Custom lamp shade

Hope you liked the pink desk and custom shade!

Until next time!

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Vintage Claw Foot Drop Front Secretary Desk

Whew! That’s a mouthful.. but it is what it is… which this beauty is from the early 1920’s, has beautiful bow front drawers, cool “secret” compartments and some fine claw feet! Yes, it needs some love… don’t all of my pieces?



Well here she is after said “love’”! Just gorgeous! I decked her out in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Duck Egg for the drawer fronts, Old Ochre for the body and I sprayed the handles flat black…

Check out her yummy curves! A little bit of distressing on the entire piece was all she called for…

I just LOVE ball & claw feet… and hers were intact. Sometimes when a piece is this old you might be missing some of the “toes” or parts…

I love this combination of Duck Egg & Old Ochre!

Voila! For the inside I used a flat black and waxed it after I distressed it.

I got very lucky as the back of this was off so I just removed the whole mail sorter piece and refinished the door and drawer fronts and sprayed the rest flat black. I lightly distressed the edges and waxed all of the edges and fronts and then reinstalled the piece… I cannot imagine having to have to paint this by hand!

So lucky the key is still here.. can you imagine! Did you know these little columns pulled out? I didn’t until I removed the piece… pretty cool huh?

One last look at her ready for a new home!

My middle daughter so wanted to keep this to replace her current makeup vanity but it was just a smidge too big… she loved the little door on this piece… it reminded her of Alice in Wonderland…


I see what she means!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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Green with Envy Desk and Chair

I have a new client who found this cute little desk and chair at Goodwill…

It had handles, but I removed them before I took this picture… OOPS! I had also already lightly sanded the Formica top because I wanted to make absolutely sure that the paint would properly adhere to it.


The chair is a smaller kids sized chair, in great shape, just kind of blah…


My client wanted the desk and chair painted green, specifically the same green I used on this console table and we decided to paint the handles flat black to coordinate with the other furniture in her room.

The mix is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Versailles & Pure White with CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Green… so pretty!!!


After applying two coats of paint I lightly distressed the desk, applied wax and then buffed it.


The top just looks a little lighter than the body but it’s not, it was just super sunny (and hot and muggy) outside when I was taking these pictures…


I spray painted the chair in flat black, lightly distressed it and then sprayed a few coats of satin poly on it to bring back some shine… a fast and economical solution for this kind of chair… painting the chair by hand… with chalk paint, distressing, waxing and buffing is very time-consuming on a chair with so many spindles… YIKES! After it was complete I was VERY pleased with how the pieces looked together.


I love the set and I hope my youngest client does too…


I really love these kinds of desks, you can usually get them cheap and they are great for kids rooms! My middle daughter still has the one I painted for her 8 years ago! She uses it as a makeup table now and it is just perfect for that too!

Hope you like the set! Now onto my next project… hoping to paint inside with this one 😉

Thanks for stopping by… Until next time!

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Writing Desk Updated

Ok.. I officially suck at getting “before” photos! This desk was in very good shape though, it just needed to be updated. It is very solid and really didn’t have any issues other than being less than inspiring! It was a traditional dark stained desk with not so nice looking pulls… but great lines!



I painted the base in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint “Provence”, lightly distressed it and applied a coat of wax. I also sanded off the original finish ofrom the top and refinished it with dark walnut stain and a couple of coats of wax.


I love how this beautiful grain pattern showed up more prominently after I refinished the top!


The desk has great legs and lots of storage in the 3 drawers…


I replaced the original pulls with these lions head pulls that I painted flat white..

One of my wonderful neighbors saw this desk sitting in my driveway and knew she had the perfect home for it… I almost didn’t sell it as I was still trying to figure out where I could possibly put it in my house, but I knew she had a “need” and mine was just a “want”… but I sure loved this piece! Maybe she’ll let me visit it sometime Winking smile

Thanks for stopping by…

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The Red Secretary

Ok… so I know I already updated a secretary for a child, because I thought it was sized just right, but this one spoke to me in a different way so I knew it would be a perfect piece for the foyer! A nice place to throw all of that mail and your keys and then shut the door so you don’t have to see it! I had the piece a while before I could decide what I wanted to do with it… and of course because I was busy getting ready for Lucketts I didn’t take the time to get a before shot! However, the piece was in excellent condition and made out of solid Tiger Oak, it was just a little plain for my taste..


DSC_0099I personally think it’s a STUNNER now! Aren’t those legs sexy?


It is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk… perfect on Oak… and I slightly distressed, waxed and buffed it.


I left most of the original hardware, but replaced the wood knobs with crystal ones!

DSC_0106I left the inside unpainted for additional contrast… and a little bit of laziness on my part..

What do you think? I love to read your comments!

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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