Before and After - Antique Writing Desk Makeover

Antique writing desk makeover

Remember this little writing desk I showed you at the end of this post: Side Table Makeover?



Well, I finished the makeover and already took it down to my booth at the antique shop!


I had a hard time figuring out what to do with this little desk... part of me thought I should leave it unpainted... but another part of me thought it needed a little something more. So, if you are one of those people who thinks wood pieces like this shouldn't be painted don't get mad! Or at least don't tell me about it if you do! It's not like it can't be stripped and refinished again at some point.


In the end I decided on a little bit of both... painted AND natural!


Then I painted the little antique ink bottles and feather pens on the top.


Here's the inside... it was in a little but rougher shape than the outside. The little shelves had to be re-glued into place, and the bottom piece has shrunken over time or something. It had to be slid back into place and the gap caulked.


I decided the inside would get a little pop of color.



Here's a closer view of the bottles and feathers.


I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, what do you think? Remember... if you are pissed at me don't tell me! :o)


Oh! and this little table has sold already!


For those who have been asking how my booth is doing, my first month went pretty well! I'm waiting for my first check, I should have it by the 5th. I was worried about making enough to cover my rent and that worry was all for not because I made plenty enough to cover that and then some! :o)

Thank you to all my blogger friends who have been so supportive and encouraging! You're the best!

17 comments

Lorna Howells said...

That desk is beautiful - I will admit to being one of the wood should be kept wood brigade but I think that you did a really good job, it looks so pretty

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I think it turned out great - love the stencil on top!

ANNE said...

So cute!! Great job on the makeover!! Happy Easter :)

The Vintage Dresser said...

It looks fabulous! I love the painted bottles and feather pens. They're just the right touch for a writing desk!

Ruth Anne Buterbaugh said...

I was looking forward to seeing what you did with the little writing desk and you did not disappoint! The wood stained top/painted body look is growing on me. The more I see it, the better I like it. Your painted inkwells and pens are so nicely done! And, I love to open a drawer or lift a lid and see a lovely color on the inside--the little cubbies really stand out now. Congratulations on selling your coral and white table and on having a successful first month!

Anonymous said...

I love this little desk and I am digging the TWO tone you did( I am getting a little tired of all the chalk painted pieces - everybody doing the same ole thing). I am not a huge fan of the bottles with feather pens but that is just me. I would like it just plain solid wood top.

Vicky Hunt said...

I love it Tania! The two tone with the pop of color inside is prefection. Those little ink bottles are adorable. Did you free hand them? Congrats on the first month's success with the booth! Have a great Friday!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you! I really like the two tone look too, I've been seeing quite a bit of it lately floating around blog land and Pinterest. :o)

Tania

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thanks Ruth Anne! I'm having such a good time doing this and I really like the two-toned look that seems to be so popular now!

Tania

Donna Wilkes said...

Great transformation - love the wood/paint combo. The ink wells with feathers add to the charm. I am sure this will fly out the booth. I am not surprised your first month was a success. You have a good eye for treasures!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love this transformation! The painted ink wells are absolutely perfect against the natural top. It really did need a little pop...the the color you chose for inside.

Rose FineCraftGuild said...

Tania, I think you did a great job. Come link it up with us today at FineCraftGuild.com. It's SHARE IT sunday linky party

Art and Sand said...

I absolutely love that little writing table.

Shirlee said...

Hi, found your site through Anne's Design Dreams. I love this little desk makeover, especially the addition of the inkwells and pens. A two tone piece that has parts painted while still showcasing some of the natural wood is nice addition if one has a lot of wood pieces in a space.
I'm sure someone will snatch the desk up in no time.

Cathy Carroll said...

I love your combination of natural wood and paint - it is perfect for this transformation and those little ink wells - too cute. Not to mention that beautiful pop of blue on the inside. Love it! Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

The Painted Drawer said...

Such a sweet little desk. What a great find! I love the white against the natural wood. So very pretty!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you so much!

Tania