Vintage Writing Desk - One Desk, Three Looks

I have a cute table I bought for $20 at a church sale.  I painted it yellow and changed the handles and loved it for four years.  Then I moved to my current house and the colour no longer worked.  I painted it ivory.





and then I used Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Flow Blue.  It was fabulous, the paint crackled and it looked ancient and wonderful.  I moved the table back into my bedroom and... the colour was all wrong.

Crap.

I didn't want to lose the fabulous paint effects, but I had to change it.






Sigh, exactly the look I wanted but it does not work with the decor of the room.   Back to square one.  I used a wide brush and painted a light coat of a semi-gloss white in a very slip shod manner. I used a damp paper towel to wipe off some of the white paint and once dry, I lightly sanded it as well.



OK not liking this...  this is what we call a DO OVER !    I painted it to match my vintage door headboard instead.


B I N G O !

Whew!  It worked!!  Love it and it looks great in the space, too.

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34 comments:

  1. It looks great Anne! I love all of its transformations, and it looks good in your bedroom. You've done a nice job. Have a great week!

    Debbie

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  2. This looks amazing! It's a regular chameleon...so glad you made it work in your space. Would love to have you share your beautiful creation at my Monday Makeover link party if you're interested.
    http://www.ahumblecreation.com/2013/01/monday-makeover-link-party-take-5.html

    Jessica @ A Humble Creation

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  3. Now we're talking! The layers are wonderful.

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  4. This looks fantastic, great job.

    Cynthia

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  5. Looks perfect! Love seeing all the transformations. Have a wonderful week as well, my friend!

    :) Linda

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  6. It looks great! Adding the white over the blue & sanding it gave it a really nice worn look. Sometimes and "ooops" works out better in the end! And trust me, I've had LOTS of ooops projects! ;-)

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  7. It looks great, Anne, showing a wonderful texture (though I wish I had seen the flow blue version, too)

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  8. It looks great Anne! Looks totally authentically old.

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  9. All those paint layers give more character to it, I love it! That frame and the letter A are gorgeous as well!

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  10. It looks great! Now don't touch it for a while!!! You managed to achieve the perfect "aged" look. I'm hoping to try MMS milk paint soon:)

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  11. Anne-
    It looks great and always remember, a girl is entitled to change her mind. LOL. Very creative.

    Lisa Rose
    ourenchantedcottage.com

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  12. This is a great idea for updating the sofa table, Anne. I'll have to remember this for future use!

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  13. ....and then you rocket the thing! Now it has a personality!

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  14. Hello, Dear! It looks fabulous!! I've come to your blog from the blog of one of my sweet commenters ~ you know how that goes ~ :) ~ Now following you!
    So nice to "meet" you!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  15. Your little desk looks really gorgeous, I love the paint effect, really nice.
    hugs, cindy

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  16. That table was obviously a really great find, especially given all it's incarnations.
    The blog template looks great, by the way!

    -Karen

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  17. Anne, your table redo is lovely and your blog redesign is spiffy~ love it!

    big hugs, Mary Beth

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  18. Your table make over looks beautiful!And your blog looks amazing too! Did you paint that picture on your header?
    xx
    Anne

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  19. LOVE that makeover Anne!! Your table looks fabulous and I love those pretty pulls you have on the drawers!

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  20. Wow -- it has seen some transformations huh! Love them all! :)

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  21. Ha ha! Crap.....probably the most popular swear word in blogland!! It usually leads to a challenge for me too!! It turned out beautifully though and looks quite nice in the room!

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  22. Even though it took awhile to get there, the desk is fabulous! Love it!

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  23. Great job, Anne! What'a a little paint?;) My DIY painting technique is sometimes similar...trial and error. Your end result is beautiful. Love it!

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  24. You did a beautiful job on that table. I have done the same thing not choosing the right look and having to change it. Love your art work, too. You are really good.

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  25. this looks so great :) sometimes even if things don't work out exactly how we wanted/envisioned, it doesn't mean they wont turn out great somehow!! stopping in from serendipity and spice

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  26. Wonderful story! Loved the visual step-by-step.

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  27. What a great find. I love it's new finish. It's perfect.
    Ruth

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  28. Beautiful, Anne! I love the layers of colors!

    xoxo laurie

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  29. Love, love, love this, Anne. Your persistence paid off. The final result is perfect. Great job.

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  30. It looks great Anne! You have certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of that little table! There's a lot to be said for a great piece of furniture for sure!!

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  31. I love how you are fearless with paint--well done!

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