Better late than never!!  Well, Christmas came super fast, and we are already headed into the next holiday.  Where does the time go?  I think having kids speeds up the day, week, month, year?!?  Am I right?

Anyways, at the end of summer, my dear friend, Andrea, asked if I would find her a desk that she could use for a sewing table.  I found one right away, but didn't tell her.  Little did she know, her mother had beat her to the punch and had already asked me to find a desk for her to be given as a Christmas gift.  So of course I had to lie and tell her, "I'm still looking..."  I think I even posted 2 desks that I had done and she was so mad I had sold them!!

Sooo I found a desk at a garage sale and was just waiting for my Fall Show to be over and then I would get started right away.  In the mean time, Andrea's dad (the BEST Goodwill shopper and Garage Sale finder around!!) had found a desk and I loved it even more than the one I had.

Here's the desk before:
This desk is solid oak and super heavy!  I found the chair at Goodwill about a year ago. (I love when you buy something that you don't really need at the time, but your heart tells you that you have to have it!)  The chair was a perfect match!

First thing's first... ALWAYS label your drawers.  You might look at your piece and think the drawers are all the same size, but once they are all out and then you try to put them back in, that's not always the case.  

Andrea only had two requests for the desk: lots of storage and something that would work well in her bedroom!  I had that covered, but I had no idea what to do with color and design.  I opted for simple and sleek.  Knowing that her sewing machine would be on top I knew there was no point in painting chevron or anything else dramatic.  I sanded the top of the desk completely down to the bare wood.  I restained it with my favorite dark stain: Minwax Jacobean.  It came out perfectly.  Staining is kind of a surprise.  You just never know how the type of wood will take, but this was stunning.  I put a few coats of polyurethane on and it was good to go.

Because Andrea's bedroom walls are blue, I knew I needed to paint the desk a color that would pop.  Although in my pictures the desk looks stark white, it is a very creamy white.  The cream with the dark wood was just perfect.

I sanded and painted the chair as well.  Match made in Heaven!

The front of the desk (underneath) is my favorite part.  The swirly part makes the bulky desk so feminine and sweet.

My mom whipped up this cute little pillow with the same blue as her walls.  I went with simple bronze and glass knobs.  They added the perfect texture.  I even lined the drawers with a brown patterned liner and it made the piece that much better!  What a surprise each time the drawers are opened!  

I had so much fun doing this piece for a very special friend.  I can't wait to see all of her many sewing projects now that she has a spot to be crafty!  Maybe she can teach me how to sew my own pillows. LOL!!  

Happy thoughts??
Mal :)

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