Adorable Antique Desk Thingy

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hi. How are you doing today? I'm still doing nothing and I loooooove it. I did attempt to make a turkey pot pie this afternoon in order to feel semi-productive. I'm not really sure if the Canadian Living Test Kitchen really tested their recipe since the filling was waaaaaay runny. The good news is that I have some pastry leftover to make some buttertarts tomorrow. 'Cause my cupboards, fridge, and freezer aren't already filled with Twinkies (Alex), peanut brittle, toffee butter crunch, Lindt chocolates, chocolate covered almonds, shortbread, mint chocolate chip ice-cream, chocolate frozen yogurt, After Eight straws, chocolate covered cherries, and leftover Hazelnut fudge torte.

Note to self: Elliptical.In.Basement.Is.My.Friend.

Anywhooooo, I wanted to show you a little piece of furniture that I am uber excited about. I'll pretend you have all the time in the world to read the non-exciting story behind it, too.

Awhile back on a road trip, I wandered into a consignment shop and found an adorable little table/vanity/desk thing amongst all of the tacky trinkets and eighties furniture. I really, really wanted to buy it. After checking the price tag ($225) and knowing that I had no real spot to put it, I left it behind.

On my next road trip I drove through the same town and checked to see if the table/vanity/desk thing was still there. It was. I even took a picture of it and posted about it here just in case Alex would see the picture, see its potential, and insist that we go back to get it. He didn't.

On my next road trip (okay, I really like road trips) I finally brought Alex to see it. He had the nerve to ask me where it would go and what we would use it for. Um, it's so tiny it could go anywhere and we would use it for looking cute. Hel-lo. He said no.

Fast forward to my last road trip a few weeks before Christmas. Alex was in Toronto to watch a basketball game which meant I was free to buy whatever I wanted.

I brought my mom to see the table/vanity/desk thingy. She said I should get it. I said it was too much. She asked the store owner if she would take $150 for it instead of $225. The lady said yes.


(Aren't moms the best?)

The best part about the whole thing is that I found the perfect little spot for it right in our living room. We have this awkward little space on one side of our couch where the wall is slightly wider than on the other side. A regular-sized coffee table looks lost there. This table/vanity/desk thing is the perfect size. It will also give me a little spot to stash my laptop on when I'm not blog stalking using it.

A few of the things I love about it:

It also has a tiny little chair that goes with it (that I forgot to take a photo of). I am so excited to fix it up with a b-e-a-u-tiful coat of white paint and some teeny glass knobs. I was thinking Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.

Any other nice shades of white that you'd recommend? 

P.S. Is it weird that I always get nervous before starting a project?


  1. that is adorable!!! what a great little find! it is beautiful as is, so i can't wait to see it even prettier!

  2. Very cute. Tiny can work in so many places. I'm trying to keep that in mind when I am deciding on a piece of furniture now ~will it work somewhere else in the future, too? Looking forward to the reveal.

  3. That is so very cute! I love it as is too. But I can see it white also. I'd be torn and nervous too. Not weird! Can't wait to see it all done with it's matching chair!

  4. You are too funny! I looked at the first shot, and thought...hmmm, how long 'til Sarah paints it white!
    I can't wait to see it, it's will look fab!
    Hope you had a great Christmas! Don't you love having time off?!

  5. Your antique desk thingy IS adorable! Love it! And love the fact that you made so many trips to the shop before you finally decided to buy it! Its going to look really cute painted white! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  6. No not weird. I'm the same way. I don't want to spend the time and screw it up. Very cute desk. Just jump right in, it will be gorgeous - I'm sure!


  7. What a precious piece! You'll have lots of fun painting it and I think a coat of white paint will really set off the details! Can't wait to see the after pics...

  8. super cute! i love the detail of the flower vine! i always think that if you walk away & the item stays in your mind like this little table did for you - you HAVE to go back! xoox

  9. I like Sherwin Williams Creamy. I also love White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

  10. That is soooo cute!!

  11. Adorable! I can't wait to see the finished project. I love painted furniture, so "cottagey".


  12. Your new table is GREAT looking, I love it. Be sure to post about it when you get it painted with new little knobbies. It will be adorable, I just know it. All the best in 2011!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  13. (Gasp) Very sweet! I have saved a picture of it in my JunkMaster file on my computer. Maybe I can now talk my husband into the free little desk in my sis-in-laws garage! That combined with the new band saw from son at Christmas, we could certainly do some sort of a mock up of this desk – inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

    (ps: by the way, why do I keep finding projects in the middle of the winter in the Great White North of Minnesota when I can't work on it because of the cold? oh, well! :-))

  14. Oooh I love it! Mom's are the best :) I think Cloud White would be perfect, I have used it and it is a really pretty soft white.

  15. Way too cute! I can't wait to see it after you paint it. It will be darling!

  16. You are too funny! I do the same kind of thing with my hubby about stuff! I'm happy because I was able to talk him into letting me redo/paint our dining room set. It sucks now, so painted will be pretty! Your desk will look so cute painted and distressed.

  17. I'm jealous!! I could use that super duper cute table in our house! And how awesome that the shop owner accepted your lower price! Lucky girl!

    Don't feel bad about being nervous before a least you do them! I get so nervous and doubt myself so strongly that I don't even start most of mine, thus they sit around the house, taunting me. grrr...

    Can't wait to see your finished product! :)

  18. That is soooo cute!!


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