Monday, January 30, 2012

Work That's Easy on the Eyes

Is it just me, or does your work environment influence your attitude at work... and your productivity?  I've got to have a cute work space! (I'll post pics soon of my office at school.)  So when I found this old desk that had seen better days, I knew that refinishing it would do more than bring new life to the desk.  It would bring new life to someone's work. Ok, so maybe I'm dreaming...


Here's the desk as I found it.

She had great bones, but had been abused over the years.  So I started by stripping the top and refinishing it in a dark walnut.  I could picture this beauty in turquoise, so I gave it two coats of ASCP Provence.  A little distressing and a coat of clear and dark wax later....


I could pull up my chair and get to work here!

I'm linking up:
Kammy's Korner                                                2805
Beneath my Heart                                              French Country Cottage
The Southern Institute                                       The Charm of Home
DIY Home Sweet Home                                   Common Ground
Debbiedoo's                                                      Miss Mustard Seed
Between Naps on the Porch                              Between U & Me
Home Stories A to Z                                         Remodelaholic
Restore Interiors                                                Be Different, Act Normal

34 comments:

Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk said...

I love the richness of the dark top, with turquoise. (I think the best color of the rainbow!)

TFS

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh I totally agree! Your work environment has a big impact! And I could very productive at that beautiful desk. Provence is such a pretty color and it really brings out the details!

Maureen said...

What a great transformation! Good call on the walnut top.

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

It looks so great! I'm thinking of doing a dining table like this.

Cynthia said...

I could work pretty easily at that desk, too! It turned out gorgeous!

Tammy said...

It is gorgeous! I really like the Walnut stained top. Pinning it! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime too :)

Twice Nice said...

So very pretty! That one really will brighten up someones work space!

Gail said...

Oh WOW that turned out beautiful! I love that you stained the top. I've done that with a few pieces and so glad that I did. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day, Gail

P.S. I'm one of your newest followers and looking forward to following.

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

Ahh I have a desk in my office that is exactly like that one and I redid it in the same blue and walnut top. I lave it. So, girlie.
tammy

Debbiedoo's said...

Gorgeous piece...Loving the color. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

This is a great desk! You are so lucky to find such a hidden gem with great lines! Love your style, I am your newest follower!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a gorgeous piece of furniture, Cyndi! I love the Provence! I think I could have gone with that color {juding by the pictures anyway} as an option, too. Great job and I love the stained top. I have two bedside tables I'd like to do the tops with Walnut stain and paint the bases. Thanks so much for visiting me; I'm following you now too! : )

Chubby N Chieque said...

I came across your blog while browsing friend's bloggs.

The desk is absolutely change character. Love the colour too.

Happy mid-week.

Greetings from a snowy Stockholm,
/chie

Kammy's Korner said...

oh, oh, oh, how I love, love, love it!!! The DETAIL - mmmmm.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is so beautiful! i love the color and those details!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Very pretty! That is a great find, very original.

uniquelyyoursormine said...

Cindi, love the desk! Provence is my FAVORITE ASCP color, it looks great with the dark wax too! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my table! - Susan

Between U & Me said...

I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
www.betweenuandme.com

Sarah said...

WOW!! I love this!

Honey at 2805 said...

Gorgeous piece and color! You did a fabulous job! Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Love this dresser, Cyndi!
I have one similar, but we just refinished it by re-staining it. I love how you painted the bottom that pretty blue.
Thank you for linking to my party!
I am featuring your desk in my next post.
Blessings,
Traci

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

This is stunning.....great transformation! Love the stained top w/ the Provence...definitely will be my next ASCP color to buy.

Karen said...

Oh I would definitely work harder at this desk!! I agree with you that your work environment has to look good. You spend so much time there, you may as well enjoy looking at it! Glad I stopped by.

Kacey said...

What a cool piece! I love the stained top with the Provence.

Chris said...

Hi Cindi, what a fabulous desk. I adore all the detail and love the colour you painted it. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

just tututiny said...

Stumbled upon your great blog and just wanted to leave a comment to invite you to visit my blog and enter my GIVEAWAY! Hope to see you soon =)
Just Tututiny

Taly said...

Oh, that is so wonderful. Love the color.

Shabby Marilyn said...

Wow, I would love to find more pieces like this one! You did a great redo, love it! Thanks for your visit and comment, great way to find new friends! New follower and will be back, hope to see you stop by again!

driftwoodesign said...

Provence is also my favorite blue chalk paint. Nice job.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Candy said...

Hey, that IS gorgeous........love the color and the detail on the piece. I just ran into you over at Furniture Feature Friday and had to come take a look. It's been so much fun, I've just become your latest follower. Im new to blogland, just 3 weeks in, so COME VISIT ME and hopefull you FOLLOW ME TOO. 8-)

Candy said...

Whoops.......it tells me Im already a follower. I knew I liked your work. Well, come visit me ANYWAY.

ARod said...

awesome definitively says come work here

Jenn Gray said...

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