Sunday, 24 March 2013

New Desk for New Sewing Area

I have finished a desk makeover!  I love this piece of furniture and I am going to keep it for many many years.
When we had new built in wardrobes fitted the other week I to relocate my sewing area. The table I had was really large and wouldn't fit anywhere so I sold it on gumtree. Then I started looking for a new desk which was smaller.  I found one immediately on ebay.  I was the only bidder and so got it for $5.  I love it when that happens.  Husband collected the desk and it was looking rather sorry for itself.
It was seriously orange and someone had written all over the top and dug bits out of the top with a pen I imagine.  I was pretty ugly but it had potential.
I would say it was vandalised.  To be nice I will just say that it looks like it belonged to someone who really did not want to do their homework.  There were some very deep gouges in the top.  However, I knew these were no match for.... The Belt Sander!
I cannot use the belt sander.  If I try it just flies off the end of the surface I am trying to sand and it becomes a dangerous weapon.  Luckily here I have a volunteer helper who has to do my bidding because they are married to me.
So P Daddy did this for me and I think we were both surprised how beautifully it came up.  Then he routed the edges of the top so that looked amazing as well.  Then he filled in a couple of holes in the top and sides with wood coloured filler.  I loved the pale wood.
Meanwhile I painted the drawer fronts.
I mixed up this colour myself.  It is a mixture of 0.25 strength antique white USA semi gloss and a tester pot of British Paints I'm blue.  I did the drawers and decided I loved that colour and it was perfect.
So I painted the rest of it pale blue too and loved that as well.  And the varnished the top with clear, waterbased varnish.  It was never going to be orange again.
And here it is finished.  I love it!
And here it is where it is going to live from now on.  It only just fits.  I measured from wall to wall and ignored the skirting boards so i am really lucky it goes in that gap!  There is about 7mm of space left I think.  Phew!  I have somewhere to sew again - Hooray!


  1. What a beautiful "new" desk/sewing table! Simply gorgeous!

  2. What a fabulous job you and P Daddy did! Seriously, I thought it was a new perchase.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Marianne! I love the colors you chose for your desk. Beautiful transformation.


  4. Your desk makeup is amazing! I love your color choices, the desk looks fresh and clean. Nice Work!

  5. What a great deal and amazing transformation! Love it.
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  6. You've done a great job especially stripping back the top. and how lucky that it fits. I think it'll make a wonderful sewing table for you. Thanks so much for linking up to my Paint Parade
    Fiona x