Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Life for an old Mahogany Desk

I have this old desk that was all ratted up and scratched. It was mahoghany and I thought long and hard about refinishing it. It had a horrible coat of old mocha colored paint on it and I zip stripped all that off, and started with the sander. After a while I got frustrated and gave up. I just didn't have the time I needed to bring it to it's former glory.
It sat in the basement for 3 years. Then I decided to bring it to me Cottage Beach House, down the shore.
There I knew it would undergo a transformation.

I painted it white. I decoupaged the drawers to hide the gouged out drawers from my son swinging the pulls that were hanging off, round and round.
I'm thrilled with the final result.  It serves double duty as a desk and a vanity for me. Now I use it for reading and writing on my blog, or for sitting down and fixing my hair or dabbing on some make up.
I keep the junk in a neat little box from Home Goods, because I'm not too fond of clutter.

My daughter painted me a little tray for all my goodies ( seashells found at different shores) and candles.
And now this once beat and ragged desk that everyone said I should toss, has become a charming, useful addition to bedroom in my little Cottage Beach House.


  1. oh I love this desk! Just lovely beach cottage scenes that fit perfectly in the panels!

  2. What a pretty beachy remake!
    Love the delicate scrolled lines of the desk.

    Kimberly :-)

  3. What a pretty remake of something old. I like the table from a preivous post. Have a good day.

  4. Found your blog on Tag Along Tuesdays. Loved your makeover of the desk and the decorative items. It looks so inviting. You did an excellent job.

  5. Hello! I'm looking forward to following your blog! It's so pretty and looks very exciting! Blessings, Doni

  6. What a nice job on the desk! So pretty! Your daughter did a beautiful job on the tray as well!


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