Monday, June 14, 2010


Here's the way she started out.

You may remember her from a previous post (about 7 weeks ago?).

I found her at a yard sale. She was just the right scale for our Master. I just need a small desk for my laptop and personal paperwork.

Diane and I sanded her down, removed her hardware, primed her, and then did the modeling paste treatment on the front of the drawers using laser cut paper.

After some distressing and added some glaze for age and character, she has been moved to her new home for a whole new life.

This chair was a yard sale find that was recovered. It was taken to the consignment store. I decided to bring it home on Friday since it hadn't sold and I really think it works here until I find something that I like better.

The shadowbox above the desk has a photos of our daughter that was taken the very first time we met her.

I also put one of my favorite petticoat slips of hers that is now way too small. I just couldn't bear to part with it--(all the memories of her twirling around in it).

I hung it from a wooden pant hanger that I painted and used the modeling paste technique with a little of the cottage blue paint added.

There are also some baby shoes with a couple special hankies tucked inside and a broach that belonged to my Great Grandmother.

We hung three ledge shelves and added a few accessories -my daughter's handprint, my grandmother's little jewelry box, some gloves made by my great grandmother, the baby doll I found at Farm Chicks in Spokane, and a very favorite photo of my Grandmother.

Isn't it a great feeling to complete a project like this? This little space in my home will always be a reminder of what (and who) really matters in my life. I want to add a few more family photos and put things away in the drawers that don't have to be mixed in with kid's school paperwork, junk mail and bills.

A space all my own.

I must admit, I really have the "bug" now. I love going to yard sales and searching for treasures that are ready for a new life. In this day and age of disposable furnishings, these great wood pieces are sturdy and have withstood the test of time.

Now isn't this better than buying a desk that takes 7 or 8 hours to put together with weird directions and wrenches? You can stay within a budge and still end up with a quality piece.

It was worth the wait.

Thanks to Diane for all her help moving this one outta the garage and into the bedroom. She is such a great partner. NOTE: She know has the "bug" after spending a couple weeks of "junking" with me and helping me with my space.

Don't you just love it?

This project was inspired by the wonderful Flea Market Trixie. Her blog is so much fun and her tutorial for this project was clear and easy to follow. Thanks so much Trixie!

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start.



  1. Cori,
    It turned out so beautiful ~ you did a fantastic job! That's a lot of work huh? I just (in the last 1/2 hour finished painting a dresser for one of my daughters) I was wondering if you had the challenge of brush marks? I thought I bought really good paint & I've tried foam brushes, expensive trim brushes & I always get brush marks! Spray??

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks for coming by today ~ I honestly do not know what the trick is for peonies. I haven't had to do anything to it ~ just plunked it in the ground a few years ago & that's it. I'm wondering if they like WET weather? ;)

    Enjoy your flower planting :)


  2. You did an awsome job with that piece.. the whole room is so chic! And I LOVE that black chandelier.

  3. What a great space Cori! I love the desk makeover and the chair is so sweet! I love the crowns that you have used and that you have incorporated such personal and meaningful items in the space around you! xx

  4. It really did turn out just perfect for that space. Love the accenting you did around it. Now to get the couch recovered and you'll be done! Oh wait, in our world, we are never done decorating are we? LOL xoxo

  5. Cori, the desk looks amazing! great job and I love everything you put with it.

  6. Wow, wow, wow!!!! This desk looks amazing, I adore it!

  7. Wow, that came out beautiful! The chair is my favorite part, it just makes the setup so complete! ;0)


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