Monday, June 7, 2010

Cute Little Studded Desk

You may remember this cute little desk from a few posts ago.  I picked it up at Goodwill 50% off Saturday for a whopping $10:


I decided to paint it the loveliest shade of white (it's called Filigree) and distress the edges (naturally.)



I wanted to give it a little something special.  But what, you may ask (or perhaps you may not ask, but I’m going to tell you anyways.)  :)

Over at The CSI Project this week, they’re having a Martha Stewart inspired project week.  While browsing at Martha Stewart’s website, I came across this studded dresser, in this case, done for a child’s room.


The clever folks over at had painted the heads of nails and pounded them in a simple design to embellish the boring drawer fronts on a little dresser.  I loved the effect, but decided for my application to use upholstery tacks, to tie in with the antique brass patina hardware on the desk.



The quatrefoil design is mirrored on the left side of the desk as well, but I need to run and pick up a few more tacks to finish it.  :)  You know how that goes…  I think it’s a fun little interesting addition.  What do you think?

I’m working on another very fun project as we speak.  It might just take up permanent residency in my home, I’m loving it that much.  Can’t wait to show you!!  Maybe tomorrow or the next day.  It’s VBS week, so I have several free hours in the mornings.  I should be doing housework, but I’ll probably be busy with projects (sorry, honey!)

‘Till next time,

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed, Finding Fabulous


This project is competing in the Martha Stewart Inspired Challenge at The CSI Project!



  1. So cute! That desk was a total score, great lines and hardware. Looks great!

  2. I loved the desk when it was plain white but with the motif on the side it is stunning! What a great idea to use the thumb tacks. Great work Ann Marie! xx

  3. that looks fantastic!!! i saw that pic and thought of using it for inspiration but was so afraid to hammer holes into a dresser! :) i should have! i am working on my project today- hopefully it will come out well. it's a sewing project. we'll see! love your desk- you get my vote!

  4. Looks great! Clever idea to use the upholstery tacks instead of nails.

    ~ Tracy

  5. That is SO the bomb. I love the details!


  6. What an added touch. I love it. You never stop amazing me Ann Marie.

  7. I love that extra touch to make it truly original great job.

  8. LOVE it!

    Thanks for linking up with us over at The CSI Project.


  9. How cute! I love the shape of this desk! Good job!

  10. Nice job on the desk! Great distressing on the drawers.

  11. How perfectly wonderful is this!

    I am refinishing an old desk for our study/studio and I think this is just the finishing touch it would need!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I have a question for you about this desk-
    What kind of paint did you use? (flat, eggshell, semi gloss...) and did you polyurethane it?
    I had painted a desk white with semi gloss paint, but then I was having trouble keeping it clean. When I used it as a desk pencil and pen marks and even ink from papers were leaving marks.
    So I thought I was brilliant when I decided to polyurethane the top. However, it made the beautiful white turn to ugly yellow, and it behaves very strangely in the sun. What did I do wrong here? Should I do a serious sanding, and repaint with a different finish?


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