Thursday, August 1, 2013

Finders, Keepers

My little living room shake up continues! I have been talking about our summer long effort to get more organized for a little while now and while working at it in the garage this past week I found a forgotten find.

This old desk.

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Once upon a time we lived in another house, our first house and we were pretty broke. And we had ZERO experience with decorating and renovating (oh how young and blissfully unaware of the fun to come!). I picked up this desk, originally yellow, for $10 at a garage sale, painted it white and set it beside the bed. Back then I called it a day and left things alone for months, years at a time.

Oh how times and cameras change.

 let's take in the cute dog-wrestling taking place in this time warp post before we continue...
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Well that old desk has sat in our garage. It wasn't forgotten so much as put to use. It was my paint mixing zone for years as I revamped Whiteberry furniture, but I no longer really need a dedicated paint stirring spot. In fact, I haven't for a while and it was a dusty, dirty mess. 

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So I cleaned it up... just a little. Leaving some drips and drops because I think they add to the story of this desk. Once it was used in a school, but I also learned a lot about business, painting, and juggling work and a baby behind this desk. 

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I think it looks right at home under my ghost lamps (check out the full DIY right here) and will probably stay put. Mainly because I have nowhere else to put it now!
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7 comments:

carli said...

Love that you let the paint drips and scuffs stay as they were. Preloved furniture is wonderful for a variety of reasons, one major one being you know it comes with a story. But this desk is especially lovely because now it displays visual markers of the chapters of your story you've added to it. love it!

Rita {The Treeces} said...

Yes, what Carli said!


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Julie said...

it totally looks right at home there! I love how you didn't perfect the finish. also, I'm still completely in love with the side table aka coffee table. they are gorgeous!

Anne Boykin said...

The table is just perfect - your taste is lovely. Your two dogs wrestling together is adorable too!

Leslie said...

Yes.. the ultimate in recycling:) Beautiful!

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Michelle P said...

I love your style, your living room is gorgeous. I have been searching for a rope basket like the one under the table, would you mind sharing where you got that one?

 
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