Writing Desk Makeover

November 26, 2012 · 20 comments

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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Liz Burton November 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Wow, it looks stunning. Is it ‘Paloma’?

Miss L is a lucky lady. x
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Liz November 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

It’s Emile, and soooo pretty. I have loads left over so wondering what else I can paint with it?

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Liz Burton November 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Well, my motto is – if it don’t move – paint it!
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Liz November 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

A woman after my own heart ;)
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Amanda November 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

It’s looking really good! I love that you daughter said she didn’t want it ageing ;)
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Carly November 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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

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Liz November 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Carly xx
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Mama Syder November 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love what you have done with it, looks fab! x
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Liz November 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thank you!
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Debs November 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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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Liz November 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Thankyou Debs xx
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Rachel November 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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!!

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Liz November 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I swear no prep and I am the laziest decorator around ;)
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Rachel November 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

This changes everything …! Need to get hold of some of this wonder paint – stat!
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nyssapod November 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm

It looks fantastic – don’t forget to show us how it looks with oilcloth too!
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Knitty Mummy November 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I’m going to have to get some of that paint. I’ve got an old butterfly collectors cabinet that needs a major makeover
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teresa November 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

perfectly beautiful! Love chalk paint =)
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Marianne November 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

The desk is lovely! I’ve heard different stories about Annie Sloan paint. Some say it is easy to used, some say it isn’t.

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Liz November 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

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 :)

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Liam Foster November 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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

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