Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Secretary Desk for a Writer

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A client of mine contacted me recently with a request to do another desk for her.  I had previously done the Viridian Green Desk for Kari and now she wanted something for a  small nook her home to write her new children’s book.  Kari and her sister have one children’s book already published and she’ll be using this desk to pen a new one.  Take a moment to check out their book Margaret and the Moth Tree, you can find it at most bookstores as well as Amazon.
Margaret and the Moth Tree
Kari located the desk herself and asked me to repaint it for her.  As cute as this desk is, it was in terrible condition.  I don’t believe I’ve ever come across a piece with so many coats of paint on it…(well maybe I have).  So many, in fact, that the paint was literally flaking off in chunks.
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Every time I thought I had it all sanded down, more fell off.
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It took quite a bit of sanding to get the painted areas to down to the raw wood level.
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This desk needed at least 3 good coats of primer/sealer.  After letting each coat thoroughly dry overnight, I sanded down the 3rd coat of primer to a nice smooth finish.
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Ok, so here’s the thing…  I have no more pictures of the actual makeover. Somewhere between renovations in my house, working, and doing this desk, I actually forgot to take pictures.
Terrible.  I know.  Thankfully it’s nothing that you haven’t already seen as far as painting with Heirloom White and glazing with the very last of my custom mixed brown glaze.  So yada, yada, yada, and the desk is complete!  I’m actually very fond of this little darling.
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It had a lot of nicks and dents in it, so with a light distressing the imperfections were made to look like they belonged there.
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Hopefully this little desk with inspire Kari with her new book the way it inspired me to paint it for her.
Good Luck Kari!

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  1. Charming desk, Lisa! It turned out great. Hope you didn't rip your hair out over all those layers of paint. : ) It looks like a wonderful desk for a writer.

  2. Stunning~! no one would ever know how bad it was before you started.

  3. Lisa, this restyle looks terrific! No surprise right....your work is always stunning. I'm glad you shared this with us.

  4. Lisa,
    Another miracle turn around! You did a beautiful job! I love your work!
    Smiles, alice

  5. That desk looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful redos. Have a wonderful day! Kim

  6. An absolutely ugly duckling into a swan. Great job!!!

  7. I always love a Secretary's Desk. This one looks perfect after you got a hold of it! All those little nooks look so tempting to fill up. :)
    Great job.

  8. Your blog title syas it all... this little desk IS a recaptured charm!

  9. I love it! Thanks for linking up at friday fun party! Have a great weekend!

  10. love your desk make over i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,

  11. I would say that you have recaptured the charm, most definitely !

  12. Oh my goodness Lisa, I am in love with this desk! I put it up against my window and already feel inspired!

    Thanks so much for all the work you put into it, and hope you enjoy the book,


    1. Thank YOU so much Kari for the signed copy of the book. I'll start it this evening. So glad you like the desk! We'll look forward to more brilliance from you!


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