Thursday, March 7, 2013

You've got Mail...(from France)

Hi There!
In Phoenix, Spring has sprung...or should I say "Summer's here! Bummer!"  I actually had to turn the air on yesterday afternoon! It was 83 in my bedroom. Between that and the hormones, I was spending a big portion of the day on my bed, under the ceiling fan, doing "research" . ( checking out Pinterest)

Anywoo...check out my latest desk... I just sold it this morning to the sweetest newly -wed couple.
It started out as a regular, brown wood desk, with those "swirly" brass handles.
Now, if you are one of those "teacher's pet" kind of readers, who always notice little discrepancies, then, yes, I know, the dresser in the before picture's feet are different than the one in the "after" picture.
There is a very good explanation for that. The reason is, that I cheated. This is actually a "before" of another desk I did a couple years ago..
Because I forgot to take a before picture of this one. Because I just can't seem to make myself remember these things. Because I get too excited once I start working on a piece...because I'm pre- menopausal...whatever!
I was itching to do a piece with some French postcards, or stamps, or mail. So, I googled some stamp images, and decoupaged them on. I used a dinner plate and salad pate as templates for the round stamps., and I freehanded the written parts.
The top three drawers were modge podged with fabric I got at Goodwill for a steal probably  two years ago. Yes! Can you believe it? It is coming in handy now with all things French being so popular  these days.
I was going to modge podge the top with the same fabric, but once I sanded it off, it looked so nice, that I just stained it in Ebony.
A word of warning: If you put the stain on the desk to take a picture, remember to remove it again before you lift the side of the desk to paint a leg..Failure to do so might result in the stain being splattered all over the floor..
Just case someone is so..uhm "forgetful"
 I love how rich it looks.
Of course I changed out the drawer pulls, but I bet you can't guess what these were originally..
They are curtain rod ends (or finials)....bought at a thrift store for a buck a pair!
 Worked like a charm!

One last look, and tell me what you think...

Next week I'll share another desk I did with the same fabric.
Until then..
Happy Thrifting!

Linking to:
Time Travel Thursday
Metamorphosis Monday" target="_blank">
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  2. Love this and all its frenchiness!I like the way you continued the pattern around the desk. great job!

  3. Oh yeah. Who wouldn't love this? C'est tres jolie. :D Thanks for sharing.

  4. meant to be signed in as BeColorful. The Traveling Door is an art group I belong to. :/

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