Sunday, July 25, 2010

Desk Job

What do you do with a beat up freebie desk? Well, several things, but lets focus on what I did to a beat up freebie desk. :) From it's original make-over a few years ago, from wood to painted black...I decided to lighten up a bit and give this ole desk another face lift.Sorry, no good "before" shots, and even these, I had already sanded...Deciding on a color wasn't too hard, I've been on a grey kick for a while, a lot less harsh than black, but it was still a little too plain....I decided to paint the top of the desk with chalk board paint, how fun would that be!!



I let the paint dry and I really liked how it was looking, but I still wasn't satisfied, shocker, I know... so I decided to add a little detail with paint. I was a little nervous, but if I messed up I could always go back over it with more chalk board paint. I decided to personalize it with a monogram, E for Edwards, and continued with a little bubble detail. It was easy, after the E dried I centered a clear glass plate over it and used the eraser of a new pencil to create the circle and I just kept dabbing all the way around the edge of the plate. I created a border too with the same technique, dabbing the eraser in paint, all the way around...



I seasoned the whole top and I was done!





I added some new hardware, hung a cute little thrifted basket that I spray painted orange, with one of my little flowers I've been making, and Logan likes to put his action figures in there too...










A little thrifted cup to keep the chalk in...

Do What You LoveWhat You Do Printable from Make it Perfect


I printed out some free illustrations from Feed Your Soul...matted and framed them, gotta love some free art!






I think this is the desk's final makeover, I might be happy with it for a while! We'll see!

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30 comments:

  1. it turned out so great, michelle! love teh idea with the eraser and plate and think i may try that one soon!! i also appreciate the tip for the prints- i love those prints, so will have to check that out, too!!!

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  2. That is so cute...who would of ever thought to use the eraser like that {obviously you}...pure genius! And I love the free prints...will be visiting there as well.

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  3. Beautiful transformation. I especially like the monogram detail.
    Jane

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  4. I love it!!! Love the chalkboard top, and the grey is a nice touch. :)

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  5. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the link to free pics. You're amazing

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  6. wow! beautiful. LOVE the dots. so smart.

    and the pics looks so professional. and they were free!? amazing! thanks for the link.

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  7. Love the chalkboard top and your very clever design! Everything looks great!

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  8. OOOo thanks! I've only just primed an old desk in my son's room and the paint is yet to be determined...but I'm definately thinking the chalkboard top is perfect. Awesome.

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  9. How neat. I love the E and the dot detail. Such a great idea. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Love the details! Fantastic!!!

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  11. Very cute! I love the monogram!

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  12. I am always inspired when I visit you. The design on the desk top turned out so well. Great idea. I also love the artwork...going to have to check out that site.

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  13. love what you did with the desk (and great blog btw)

    do link up your tutorials with us so our readers can find you:
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    new linky parties every wednesday, findable from our home page.

    we look forward to featuring your tutorials for great projects!

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  14. It looks great and thank you for sharing that site!

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  15. Michelle, what a great new look. Love the monogram added. Looks like we were both on a monogram kick. Love the prints you framed, too. I really need to try that sometime.

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  16. Michelle, love this little space. The color of the desk is fabulous and the designed top is gorgeous! I just adore the framed prints - how cute are they! I really need to check them out. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! Stephanie Lynn

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  17. Beautiful! Is the "Do What You Love..." print also on the Feed Your Soul site? I couldn't find it.

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  18. You are brilliant! (a pencil eraser!) I love it! laurie

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  19. So cute!! Where did you get the pear? It's adorable too.

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  20. I love it! I'm so inspired by the chalkboard desk idea. Especially for a person who loves to-do lists, it is a great idea!
    Nice job :)

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  21. I love the monogram! The bubble pattern is pretty sweet, too! Great job!

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  22. I absolutely love your desk...the way you have the decor displayed is super cute too. I would love for you to visit my blog sometime...I have some parties you may be interested in.

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  23. Hi Michelle-

    You have created a great looking piece. The monogram top makes it totally unique. I love the look and your pencil eraser techinque - No Cricut needed.
    My best - Diane

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  24. aw, it's too pretty to use!! i love it! i'm all about monograms lately - too cute!

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  25. Michelle, I LOVE your desk. I wouldn't have thought to use grey, but that's why I'm not a design blogger. ;) It is gorgeous! I'm visiting from Beth's Chalkboard Paint party. I liked an older post (#8 on her list) in case you want to visit. :)

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  26. I absolutely love the detail of the E and the dots! That is sooo cute!!! What a great idea! Visiting from the chalkboard party.

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  27. How great is THIS? I love the idea of using an eraser tip to dot on a design! Totally borrowing that sometime in the future. Thanks so much for linking up :).

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  28. The desk looks great! I love the monogram and the design you made with the pencil eraser.

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Michelle