Writing Desk Makeover

I’ve been a terrible blogger of late, Instagram has taken over as my easy/time poor version of blogging lately. If you’re on there, come and say hi as usual I’m at @violetposy

Anyway onto what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks? I decided that Miss L should now have a proper desk but they are SO expensive! So I went to a few local second hand shops, but no luck until I headed to our local Emmaus. Oh my word! It’s like an aladdin’s cave of wonderful old furniture and they are a brilliant charity so a win/win for me.

I spotted this little beauty, a bit rough around the edges and the veneer was peeling quite a lot but it was solid and only £50. I also thought it’d be ideal thing for me to try some Annie Sloan paint out of as I’ve been hearing it raved about.

I bought it home and asked Miss L what colour she’d like it painted and as you may have guessed – yeah she wanted purple, with pink on the inside – ‘Perfect, no ageing it Mummy!’.

I loved using the Annie Sloan paint, it was amazing, a little goes a really long way. The wood didn’t need any priming, sanding or any other prep, all I did was give it bit of a dust.  I was really pleased with it and will happily use it again, I’m thinking that the dining room bookcases can use some old white treatment 🙂

But back to the desk, the inside’s not finished yet.  I’m just waiting for some oilcloth from ebay to come and then I’ll redo the writing area inside and then wax it.  But I think it’s going to make a lovely place for Miss L to do her homework, art and dream….


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  1. Wow fantastic job, I love Annie Sloan paint. I have a chest of drawers I have been meaning to do for AGES in old white! Love your daughters comment too lol! x

  2. Hi Liz

    Love what you have done with the desk, lucky little Miss L x
    Never tried the Annie Sloan paints, will have to now .
    Also book marked the nearest Emmaus for when I’m back for a scout around !
    So wish i went after the dressing table now 🙂

    I love that your little girl chose purple for violet Posy mummy!

    Great Blog….welcome back see you on Twitter
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  3. Bravo – it looks amazing! Have heard such good things re Annie Sloan paint. No prep, though? No sanding? Truly?! Maybe the bookshelves in our kitchen might get painted white before the children leave home, if so!!

    1. If you don’t like thick paint, I can imagine then it would be the right product. But I’m bit of a fan of thick paint and love it when it gets a bit older and chunky 🙂

  4. Hi Liz!

    Just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it! I particularly liked this post because you have taken a piece of old furniture and completely restyled it! Keep up with the posts, I look forward to reading more!

    Liam x