So a craft room makeover I said. Yup, I decided to work my way around the room and change everything that no longer tickles my fancy, is not practical anymore, bugs me or simply is in line for a little change.
Starting with the little corner I use as my office space.
The biggest project in this corner will be a makeover off this little writing desk I inherited from my in-laws. When I brought it in the house two years ago I asked you, my blog readers, for advice on to paint or not to paint. The lovers of all things natural wood won back then. But no longer. This table needs an update and I need it to become me.
And really in the proper light and with the help of a little Photoshop this desk looks quite ok. But in the real harsh light of daylight it looks much more like this:
The wood is dull, the varnish is tarnished. The veneer is peeling, there are holes and dings everywhere. And the top faux leather is coming off loose.
As you can see a big nail even has been hammered in to hold the veneer down. So a makeover it is. To start I wanted to get a closer look on how things stand underneath that leather.
Luckily it peeled right off, leaving me with only a small edge of glue and paper to be removed. And I kind of like the rough wooden boards. Although the large number of nail holes are less enticing. So where to go next. I am still debating on that one.
So here is where you come in. Help me decide to bring this old tatted desk back to life. What shall I do?
I gathered some inspiration pictures and here is what I am thinking.
A Beach Cottage chippy painted desk
Maybe I should just paint it and distress it until it looks something likes this lovely shabby dress I spotted at A Beach Cottage.
Or should I even take the distressing a step further.
Peeled paint shabby table via Coastal Living
I love the look of those ‘hardly painted anymore’ pieces. Maybe leave the bottom part more painted and distress the heck out of the table top?
But then again I also live the crispness of a beautiful fine layer of fresh paint.
Bright Turqoise Desk top from the Happy Home
Wouldn’t it be fun to bring such a bright turquoise color in my home. I love the bright beachy look it gives. But that old worn tabletop on my desk would never look so crisp. It would need something to disguise its imperfections.
Maybe by using a decorative paint?
I have to confess that as of yet I do not have any chevron in my house. Would this be the time to correct that?
Or shall I stay with the more romantic feeling I had going in my craft room before?
And stencil a lace pattern on my desk? Doable, quirky and beautiful.
Speaking of quirky. I could put something bold and fun on top of that desk. Mabye a faux sign.
Donna is of course the queen of sign stenciling. And this tabletop comes with a full tutorial. Well with Donna’s help I should be able to pull it off, n’est-ce pas?
Of course when it comes to makeovering old furniture pieces I had to turn to the ever so lovely Miss Mustard Seed for inspiration. I am sure she would now exactly what to do with my old desk.
Grandfather Desk Makeover by Miss Mustard Seed
She gave her grandfather’s old desk a makeover with chalk paint. It made the old worn desk just come alive. This one is heavily distressed and aged with wax.
The next piece combines two colors and a wooden top.
Really love the look of this too. But that would mean removing the veneer. And that seems like a daunting task.
So what do you think? How would you make this old tattered table look beautiful again? Have you done a desk makeover that might be my source of inspiration? Found one somewhere that I should know about? Let me know because I am itching to start on this one, and I still haven’t figured out what I am going to do.
I hope you have some ideas for me.