Monday, April 25, 2011

Lovely Little Desk

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I have mentioned before that I am {slowly} working on turning our guest room into a playroom.  I’ve completed a few projects here and there so hopefully soon it will all come together.  One more project down…
I found this little desk for $5 at a thrift store and I thought with a little love it would be a perfect little homework or art station.  Beautiful, right? ;)
A little sanding, painting, wood appliqué-ing distressing, and cute {clearance} knob-afying later…  
Isn’t she sweet?
Almost makes me want to pull a little chair up and write a poem or short story.
I applied the little wood appliqué on the bottom because it was just screaming for one, plus I wanted to feminize it a bit.
*TIP-Adding appliqués like this is a great, inexpensive way to add character and customize your thrift store pieces.  Also, I stained the appliqué first to match the wood on the desk so when it was painted and sanded it would look the same color as the rest of the desk.
I used a few coats of flat white spray paint to cover.  Then I sanded the edges and added some glaze to give it more antiquing.  The precious little knobs were a steal at TJ Maxx.  (Like $3 for all of them.) LOVE.
*TIP- Unique knobs make a huge difference…check out the before with the basic wood knobs.  By simply adding some color and detail with knobs, this piece takes on instant charm with a whole new look. 
Stayed tuned for the completion of the playroom transformation…
but please don’t hold your breath;) 
*If you have any tips on how to stayed extremely focused on one room at a time…please send them my way. ;)
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  1. Your little desk turned out really cute. Love the knobs.

  2. It is a cute little desk, Krista! I could see this in a kitchen/mudroom type area where it would just be the right size to fit in. Great find on the knobs! I didn't even know TJ Maxx had knobs. I guess I should check that out next time I'm there.

  3. SO cute! Loving the knobs (: That's my favorite part of my new dresser, too!

  4. Oh, your little desk is darling and I love those pretty green knobs you've used.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  5. That's a really beautiful make-over. I love the green knobs.

  6. Those green knobs really make the piece! I updated an almost identical thrift store desk too! You can see my before and after here:

    Also, I love the way you used the wood applique. It really looks like it belongs there!

  7. those knobs are sooo pretty- great touch! and i love how you placed the applique.

  8. What a nice makeover, Krista. The knobs and wooden decal make it so pretty and feminine.

  9. The knobs are such a color pop! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Adorable makeover! I just featured your project on my blog! :)

  11. SO CUTE! For five dollars, can't go wrong!


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