Let me tell you a little story about this desk. I spotted it last July at a local thrift store and tried to persuade Philip to let me buy it, but I had just gotten started on this curbside desk. Apparently it isn’t normal for a family of three to to own three desks in a tiny bungalow? Especially when one member is under three feet tall. Touché Philip, round one goes to you.
Well, if I couldn’t have it, my dear friend had to. So I called her and sent her this picture message and let her know that it was on sale and that SHE HAD TO HAVE IT. So she bought it, but the thought of refinishing her first piece of furniture was a little intimidating so it sat in the garage untouched.
A few months passed and her family was getting ready to move into a home closer to ours. Yay me! We had a play date with our little girls while our husbands moved everything over to their new house. Then we get a phone call from the guys saying that this desk was not going to fit in the house. It could not make it through any of the doors. Jessica and I talk it over and in about 30 seconds we decided that she was going to get the curbside desk and I was going to get hers. This is the photo taken when we moved this 200lb mammoth into our garage.
Philip literally said with a smirk on his face, “I don’t know how you managed to get what you want.” Well, all I have to say is that round two goes to me.
I patched, sanded, and gave this desk a little tlc before a few coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. Unfortunately I ran out and the top of the desk had a square foot of unpainted surface. UGH! I considered buying another can, but couldn’t justify it for just a little area missing coverage. Luckily I hoard paint, so I busted out some Old White chalk paint and a little black acrylic enamel until the shade matched perfectly. Disaster averted.
Sorry for the terrible pictures. It raining and gloomy and I just can’t seem to get enough natural light in the room!Anyway, a few coats of poly and this desk is as good as new. Bonus points is that my husband loves it now. Sometimes it isn’t always love at first sight, sometimes it takes a little courtship to discover each others flaws. Sometimes you need a weird analogy involving your husband and a desk.
I love all the detail and all the space in the drawers. It’s perfect for a pile-er (like my made up word?) like me. I keep my messes contained in bins and boxes everywhere. Did I mention that I love this desk. LOVE IT! Plus there is room in the middle drawer so I can keep the munchkin away from the keyboard. She’s in a button obsessed phase.
I also happen to love all the little things like the art and faux flowers. I made this little skeleton key picture frame in about 5 minutes with a little help from some leftover scrapbooking paper, hot glue gun and keys I have stashed away.
I really wish I could paint the walls, I think that would make a huge impact. Also winning a shop ‘til you drop shopping spree and a home décor store might help too. This is now where I blog (and pin, and facebook, and tweet…etc). So what do you think about my new desk?
We can’t forget about the winner of the Lidia and the Little Lightning Bugs giveaway. Congratulations to entry number 48, Brenna B.!a Rafflecopter giveaway
We’re redecorating our guest bedroom this week, which means more projects to share! Anyone else working on something special this week?
Author: Maria Ibbitson (Craft Crazy Mom)
Navy Wife. Mother. Photographer. Crafter. Blogger. Obsessed with glitter, cotton swabs, and the color white. Fueled by coffee, stinky cheese and red wine. Adores her family, blogging and taking pictures along the way. This blog is dedicated to life, love & diy.