Desk Makeover

Monday, September 16, 2013







This weekend seemed to fly by as quickly as last week did. Luckily I had a surge of energy and ticked a few things off my list. Fall also made an appearance again on Sunday and cleaning the house with my fig scented candle burning and the doors open to hear the rain felt kind of heavenly.

One of the things I got around to doing was taking pictures of the desk that my 15 year old, Fisher, and I refinished this summer. The backstory is I had been looking for a desk for his room for months. I knew I wanted something mid-century and small enough for his room, but big enough for him to actually use. I couldn't find anything that I loved, or if I loved it, he didn't, or if we both did it was way over budget. Then one day as I was driving home from the store I saw this little desk (and the chair too) on the side of the road about a block away from my house. Obviously in its current condition it wasn't exactly the look my son was going for, but I loved the design, the lines, the size and that it was open on one side to keep a nice open feeling in his room. So I popped in the back of my car and we ended up refinishing it. I really think if I would have found this in the store it would have thought it was exactly what I was looking for, but the fact that we worked on it together makes me love it even more.

How was your weekend? 

21 comments:

  1. Love, love, love it! What a great project for you to do together! I'm beaming with happiness over this, Christine! Plus: gorgeous!

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  2. Oh that's perfect! I love the finished product and you'd never know it had such ghastly, flowery roots before! Perfect for Fisher, and I love that you guys did it together. That makes it even better. xo

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    1. there was a lot of sanding and paint stripping involved. i am still surprised we got it all off, well, most off ;) xo

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  3. You two did a nice job. It's only natural that you love something you helped make more than something you would have bought from a store.

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  4. Oh my goodness look at how beautifully it turned out! Love that he helped you out too! Good job Christine!

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    1. thanks so much. it was fun to work on something big like that with him. xo

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  5. You guys did an AWESOME job. And I really like that it was a mother / son project too. More more more!

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    1. thank you! and, well, i am still on the lookout for a mid-century crendeza for my living room . . . so hopefully there will be another project in our near future - now if i could only find another one conveniently a block away for free, that would be awesome!

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  6. I think it was meant to be--I mean a block from your house! Obviously meant to be and such a good project to work on together--not too big, but not easy either. Anyway, I love it and since I'm refinishing a lot of stuff right now, I can appreciate the work that went into it :) It looks so adorable now!
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. i think it was meant to be too. i swear it's what i was picturing in my head the whole time ;) and oh my goodness, i haven't refinished something in quite awhile, i forgot how much work it was and really, we didn't even do that much! xo

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  7. Oh that is so lovely! Some of my fondest childhood memories I have are working on things and making things with my Dad, it must have been such a wonderful time together.

    The desk looks lovely too.

    cheers.

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    1. me too, with my grandpa. in fact i think it's one reason i am so into houses and design - they had a big old house and were constantly working on it. and thanks! i like it too :) xoxo

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  8. Wow you guys did an awesome job with this it looks great. Just great I lovrit!

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  9. I really love how it turned out. I can't remember what day it is but once a month in Portland- the garbage people let people throw away big items. The desk turned out so great and I think very perfect for a 15 year old. Isn't it amazing what a little elbow grease and imagination can do?

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    1. oh, yes, you are right! i need to look that up and take a little drive one of these evenings. back in the day i used to find lots of good stuff that way. portland is funny like that, you can find the best stuff on the side of the road, but as soon as it goes in a store (even a thrift store) the price sky rockets!

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  10. wow, looks great. and you're right. having worked on it yourself makes it so much more special!!

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  11. A fig scented candle!? Where do you get that? And the wood grain underneath the paint on that desk is gorgeous. I love that you taught Fisher how to do that because to this day even I have never done that!

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