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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Fancy Desk

I’ve been teasing you with this desk for ages, especially if you’re a Twice Lovely Facebook Fan.  (And if you’re not, why the heck not?!?!  You too can be privy to all the juicy, pre-blog sneak peeks.)  Like many other pieces in my workshop, I picked it up right before the Christmas holidays came and struck me down for the count with morning all-day sickness.  It might hurt some of you if I said how much I got it for, so we’ll just say “not enough.”  ;)  Check out this loveliness:

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I’ve never seen anything like it in all my days!  It’s so incredibly unique that I’ve been completely paralyzed when it came to redoing it.  I’ve had no fewer than 10 different plans of attack.  First I thought white, but white is so plain.  This little lady needed something special!  Then I thought maybe a glazed metallic, but with all that fanciness, we don’t want to be too “Liberace” with the thing.  I had some great suggestions on the FB fan page.  Gray was certainly a contender, as was a pale turquoise.  But in the end, I kept coming back to the idea of a pale, seaglass green, distressed and glazed to bring out all the fantastic carving.

Just to show you all what a difference some distressing and glazing does for a piece, here is the desk after I had it painted in the seaglass green:

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The desk is certainly pretty, the color’s pretty, BUT add some distressing and glazing and it becomes something AMAZING!!

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I kept all the original hardware, just gave it a good scrubbing in my ol’ favorite mixture of salt and white vinegar.

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Even the back is super sexy!

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I think this is my favorite piece I’ve ever gotten to work on.  It really is a one-of-a-kind gem.  It looks even better in person!

I leave the day after tomorrow for a 6-day childless getaway with my love in the fantastic Monterey, CA.  We had our honeymoon there almost 11 years ago and I’m so excited to go back!  Then when we get back, I have a week and a half to crank through several more projects before the Junkrestore Vintage Market in Scottsdale March 31, April1st and April 2nd.  Are you coming?  It’s going to be a blast!!

‘Till then,

 

Linking to:

Type A, Somewhat Simple, Elements Interiors, Miss Mustard Seed, Finding Fabulous

43 comments:

  1. That desk is beautiful. Love how you painted and distressed it.

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  2. That is my favorite piece of yours. EVER. Please tell me you paid more than 7 dollars for it!

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  3. Love it! That's beautiful and super feminine looking! Definitely has sexy lines!

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  4. You have stolen my heart! I need to make a special trip to AZ just to TRY and pry this beauty from your hands.

    Join us for Throwback Thursday parties (I would love to see this posted for everyone to enjoy) and Fashion Fridays.
    Www.luxeboulevard.blogspot.com

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  5. I'll Take it!!! How much to ship to Washington State? Love Love Love It!!!

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  6. fab! love it. i have a party going on today if you want to share!

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  7. Love it! Wish I could find one like it!!!

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  8. AHHHHHHHH! lol
    I miss working with you. At first glance, I thought it was white, but sea glass green? SHUT. up.

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  9. SUCH an amazing piece! I am completely jealous.

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  10. Wow, fabulous. Absolutely incredible. I soooo want one now.

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  11. I love it! I've been looking for a desk/vanity to refinish for the longest time, and just can't seem to find one!

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  12. Oh, my gosh. It is exquisite! I know I got to see a sneak peak, but with all the distressing, wow!

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  13. you definitely picked the perfect color...it is beyond words. not even "wow" does it. i actually thought i heard angels singing when i scrolled to the after! lol
    i love how the back has some detail as well, it would look so sweet out where it could be seen from all sides.
    and would you share the salt/vinegar mix recipe with us?
    judi

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  14. Lovely!! What a transformation!!!

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  15. I love the lines, the finish, everything! Well done.

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  16. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I've never seen anything like it, gorgeous!

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  17. Wow, what a great desk. That is a fancy one indeed. Have a wonderful time in Monterey. That is near my part of the world. I love it there. Enjoy your child-free time!!!

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  18. too beautiful! so glad you're feeling better! I love distressed pieces so much more than just leaving them all perfect! This one is a great example of that!

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  19. Wow - what a gem! You have worked wonders with it. I hope you get to keep it!

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  20. Greetings from Southern California

    I am your newest follower. I invite you to visit my blog and follow me if you want too.

    God bless you :-)

    ~Ron

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  21. This is a beautiful transformation...and you're right...the glaze does it!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  22. That is pretty darn gorgeous! Love the re-paint job. :)

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  23. UH MY GOSH! This is truly amazing! What a diamond of a furniture find!

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  24. This is a great find! All the details are stunning! Nice job! - Keeley

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  25. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *


    Im CRAAAAZY about your blog! Everything you do ROCKS!

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  26. Wow, wow, wow!!! What a transformation!!! Great looking!
    Carol in Georgia

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  27. That desk find is amazing and the hardware is beautiful. They just don't make it like that anymore do they? Following you now!

    Emily
    http://lovelybeasts.blogspot.com

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  28. Wow your desk is just beautiful, love the way you painted it!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Lorene
    The Gilded Cherub

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  29. It's gorgeous! A stunning piece, Ann Marie! Have a wonderful time in Monterey. It's one of my favorite places! Carmel, too.

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  30. Are you kidding me?! That. Is. GORGEOUS!

    Perfect piece...perfect color choice...perfect everything!

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  31. Absolutely GORGEOUS! Just popped over from MMS. So glad I did. I'll be following ;)

    Rachel
    xoxo

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  32. oh my goodness gracious! What a unique and gorgeous piece! When I first looked at the pic I thought one of the legs in back was missing! Just think of the craftsmanship in that lovely! Great job!

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  33. So lovely. You really did a wonderful job on it! Glad I found you through Miss Mustard Seed!

    Gabby
    The Late, Young Family

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  34. Beautiful! Would you share what paint color you used?

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  35. This is divine and I just love how a piece can be transformed by a bit of paint. Well done!

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  36. This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen... just fantastic!

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  37. I clicked on your blog from Ms. Mustard Seed. I am so glad that I did and glad that you sent it to her. That is one of the most beautiful pieces I have seen. It was beautiful just painted, but as you said the distessing just made it. Who is the paint by that you used? What a wonderful job you did, feel great about yourself.
    Betty Whatley
    Down Memory Lane EstaTe Sales
    bjwhatley@yahoo.com

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  38. I just found you though MMS ..same as the above poster !! I feel very fortunate !
    I join the folks that ask if you'll share the color paint you used. It's exactly the color I've been looking for.
    Look forward to following your blog!

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  39. I like a lot of your before and afters, but I would have loved to see this desk just restored! I loved the beautiful wood.

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