Just some thoughts on my personal life- shabby cottage/chic decor, thrifting/junking, dogs with smushed-in faces, and pretty much anything else...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Desk Project

So first of all I would like to say thank you to Jill at the Junk Bonanza Blog and Tamara at Sheer Addiction for the fabulous giveaway! I can't believe I won!

Secondly I wanted to post a preview of one of the MANY projects I'm tackling right now...

This past summer I had my first ever garage sale and took donations of furniture, clothes, and tons of other stuff from family and friends to sell. (Proceeds went to the wedding fund :) ) This desk was one of the things that didn't sell and it was only marked for $5. What a steal! So I decided to hang on to it afterward instead of donating it.

I saw so much potential! First and foremost, there's one thing you must know about me. If it's wood or anything fake wood, I will paint it white. (I tried to convince the fiance to let me paint the wood floors white instead of having them refinished but he wouldn't listen... "but think of all the money we'd save! And it would look so clean and fresh!" but he was not sold on the idea. Insert pout here.)

So naturally when I decided to take this little beauty into my home I had to start by painting it white. (I have a gallon of Dutch Boy's Timeless Ivory so almost everything I paint right now is that color! :) )

The second thing you should know about me is that the moment I discovered chalkboard paint I knew my life was finally complete. Sooooo..... I thought, "Wouldn't this desk be stellar with a chalkboard top?!"

So I took my Timeless Ivory desk and spray painted the top of it with chalkboard paint. But it looked so B-L-A-H. So I thought I'd try my hand at an antique finish. I gotta say, it's still in it's final stages but it turned out pretty neat...

The "before". (WOOF! It's so F-U-G!!)

The "In Between".

The finished product will be coming soon I promise!

Friday, September 17, 2010


The JB can be summed up in two words: Junker's Heaven. It is truly incredible. It is an endless sea of rusty, dusty, chippy, and well weathered/loved treasures of all shapes and sizes. If you haven't gone yet I highly recommend that you check it out tomorrow.

I found tons of goodies. Inventory includes:

2-rolls of absolutely A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E fabric.
1-porcelain polar bear.
1-letter "A" stamp.
1-mini bleached bushel basket.
1-blue wire basket.
1-picnic basket.
1-tin beer sign (for the fiance of course).
1-vintage flask (also for the fiance).
2-vintage metal trays.
1-skeleton and charm necklace (I got to pick out all the pieces myself).
1-super yummy smelling potpourri.
8-little green leaf ice cream dishes.
2-bud vases made out of the ends of hollow silverware.
1-bag of buttons.

Our first trip:

Our second trip:

This is a mere fraction of the goodies you will find! 

Happy Junking!